Children from across the state and surrounding areas will soon gather in Conway for a friendly competition in an effort to benefit Arkansas Children’s Hospital.

First Security Bank will host its 13th annual Conway Kids Triathlon Aug. 7 at the University of Central Arkansas. The event, which is for kids ages 6-15, is set to begin at 8 a.m. and will challenge participants in three categories: swimming, biking and running. Each competitor will receive a T-shirt and water bottle. All who complete the course will also receive a custom medal.

Last year’s race saw 320 participants, and race director Shannon Milam said 400 are expected this year.

Proceeds from the event will be donated to the Arkansas Children’s Hospital Circle of Friends. According to a news release, First Security "strives to make a better and brighter future for children throughout the state by raising money for children and their families who are served by Arkansas Children’s Hospital."

"First Security is proud to be the leading sponsor of this worthwhile event for kids," said John Adams, President and CEO of First Security Bank of Conway. "Conway is a community committed to our youth in many ways. There are so many opportunities for children in our area. The triathlon is just one of these. 

"First Security has been involved in the event for many years and has watched it grow each year. It is one of our favorite events." 

Following the competition, the participants and their families will be treated to post race food and drink provided by First Security’s Teal Grill. Bounce castles along with snow cones and popcorn will also be available and provided by Central Events, Inc.

Registration forms can be picked up at any First Security Bank location, The Ride, Sporty Runner, 24/7 Fitness and Conway Regional Health & Fitness Center. Cost is $20 before July 30 and $25 after that date. There will be no race-day registration.  

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