Feb. 23—The Altru Family YMCA is hosting its annual winter Indoor Triathlon on March 6. The event is open to the public.
Participants will bike, swim and run during the event, which in the past has drawn competitors from as far away as Canada and Ohio, said Adam Sorum, the Y's healthy living director. Individual scores will be based on times and winners will receive prizes, Sorum said.
All activities will take place inside the YMCA building, he said. "We will follow strict CDC guidelines and everyone will be kept 12 feet apart." Mask-wearing will be required except during the competitions, he said.
The cost is $30 per person. Online registration is open at: www.gfymca.org . Registration will be accepted on the day of the event.
The event begins at 9 a.m., with the first wave of five people, starting with a 15-minute swim in the Y pool, followed by a 20-minute indoor cycling session, and a 20-minute run or walk on a treadmill.
Waves of participants will start every 25 minutes, Sorum said. Laps will be counted in all events and later tallied with a percentage conversion to determine the top finishers.
Novice and experienced competitors are encouraged to participate, he said. The event is open to people of all ages, including youth who "are physically mature enough to complete all three events."
"Swimmers can use any swimming stroke or they can use a kickboard or water walk," Sorum said. "Cyclists and runners or walkers can go at their own pace."
Swimmers do not have to swim — they can walk in the pool's shallow end; they can wear life jackets, he said.
The triathlon has been designed to be "as accommodating as possible to promote the most comfortable and accessible format we can come up with," he said. "It is a good triathlon for first-time participants."
Healthy snacks will be available throughout the event. All participants will receive a long-sleeved T-shirt and participation medal.
The top finisher prizes for women and men will receive awards. Prizes are sponsored by the See Dick Run and Scheels sporting goods stores. Scheels is donating metal water bottles for prize-winners.
Because of public health restrictions necessitated by the pandemic, no awards ceremony will be held at the close of the event, but the gift card prizes, redeemable at See Dick Run, will be mailed to those who finish first, second and third in the men's and women's categories.
The Y is located at 215 N. Seventh St.
For more information, including tips on how best to prepare for the event, contact Sorum at (701) 775-2586 or email@example.com .