Kyle Huston, 13, of Boardman, was one of nearly 500 kids from across the nation to compete in the IronKids triathlon on Saturday, Aug. 3. He was a part of the InsulinDependence team of type 1 diabetic kids participating and finished in one hour and 11 minutes.
"It was really hard and tiring, but I felt accomplished," said Kyle. "I would do it again, especially [after] seeing all the other diabetic athletes."
His father, Tim Huston, had tears in his eyes as he watched Kyle cross the finish line. He described the moment as heart filling.
Kyle Huston, 13, of Boardman
"All the supporters were happy for each other. They have accomplished so much when they face so many struggles," said Tim.
This is Kyle's first year with InsulinDependence after his nomination by the Davis Family YMCA due to his completion of the healthy kid's fitness program. His nomination to participate in the triathlon sparked his family's interest and they learned about the organization. InsulinDependence supports athletes living with diabetes in the annual IronKids triathlon and Ironman competitions, welcoming more than 20 type 1 diabetics and their families at the events. The IronKids triathlon included a 300-meter swim in a lake, eight-mile bike ride and two-mile run to cap it off.
"I had to think about it at first, but decided it would be fun and something new to try. I already had running experience from cross country," said Kyle.
Kyle lives with his parents, Tim and Jen, and his brother, Carter. To prepare for the triathlon, Kyle began a rigorous training program with the help of his family's support and InsulinDependence. His training program included weightlifting, cardio, swimming and running, in addition to regular soccer and cross country practices this summer.
"The enthusiasm for training as a teen never matches the knowledge of a parent of what it takes. We've helped push him through his training in hopes of the best results," said Tim.
In addition to the Huston family's participation with InsulinDependence, they have been involved in the American Diabetes Association in Northeast Ohio for four years and are active in the Association's annual Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes every year.
Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes in Youngstown starts at 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 20 at the Canfield Fairgrounds.
After completing the IronKids triathlon, Kyle's next goal is to finish a 10K this fall.