August 21, 2013 - Seventh-grader Alex Siegfried had a goal as he trained for the Lifetime Fitness Kid's Tri - he was going to win.
Alex Siegfried, center, accepts his medal and trophy for his first place finish. Photo provided (click for larger version)
His determination paid off as he finished in 34:02, taking first place out of 40 kids in the 11-12 age group.
"He trains hard," said dad, Ken, adding Alex was already participating in biathlons and was biking and running. "We are very proud of his motivation and determination to compete."
Alex went to the pool to practice his swimming and went bike riding for five weeks to prepare for the triathlon.
He explained he began participating in triathlons because it was a challenge and wanted to win.
"I like challenges because I have to push myself," he added. "The triathlon did push me."
Alex noted it the training for triathlons also helps with preparing for football and basketball.
"I get more athletic," he said. "It helps with my endurance. I also have more energy at the end of the game while other people don't."
"Competing gives him confidence," Ken added.
Alex has played basketball and football since he was 7-years-old. He recently finished a basketball camp at Michigan State University and dreams to play for the Spartans.
"He has always been a good athlete," said Ken. "He does it to keep in shape. He is always out doing something. He doesn't sit around."
Alex began his fall season with the Sashabaw Middle School seventh grade football teams as quarterback and will be a point guard when basketball starts in the winter.
"I am excited for the season," he said. "I am looking forward to playing for my school team."
His next triathlon is in Grand Rapids as and he plans to take first place again.
Wendi graduated from the University of Michigan-Flint with a degree in communications. She wrote for the Michigan Times college paper and Grand Blanc View before joining The Clarkston News in October 2007.