Community invited to compete in Marshall Rec Center indoor triathlon

Updated 5 years ago Special to HNN Provided by Marshall University

HUNTINGTON, W.Va.  -  The Marshall Recreation Center is sponsoring an event that features a little healthy competition while promoting fitness in the community.

Children and adults are invited to take part in an indoor triathlon at 9 a.m.  Saturday, March 2, at the rec center on Marshall University's Huntington campus.

"We wanted to put on a small scale triathlon in Huntington, and an indoor triathlon sounded just perfect," said Stephanie Vlahos, the event's director. "The recreation center has a great building to put on an event like this, and this time of year it is nice to get out of the weather."

Entrants can tackle the triathlon alone or sign up with a team for a chance to win a Corporate Cup. Participants will swim 300 yards, equivalent to 12 pool lengths, and then bike eight miles on a spinning bike before running two miles on a treadmill. Everyone will have five minutes to change clothes after they swim.

All of the events will be timed. Awards will be given to the top overall male and female, and the top competitors in each age group. Age groups are 16-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, and 60-plus. Corporate Cups will be given to the top three teams.

Children also are encouraged to participate. Children's age groups are 8-10 and 11-15. They will swim 150 yards, equivalent to six pool lengths, bike four miles on a spinning bike and run one mile, equivalent to seven laps on the track. Children must be at least 4 feet, 2 inches tall to ride the bike.

Parents can accompany their children in the 8-10 year-old race, but not the 11-15 year-old race. Children can use floatation devices like kickboards and life vests in the pool, but fins and paddles are prohibited.

Registration is $20 in advance, $40 the morning of the race and $50 per corporate team of two or three. The first 80 people to pre-register will receive a T-shirt. To receive the desired shirt size, participants must pre-register before Feb. 19. Participants, or parents of the children taking part, must sign consent forms before the race.

Proceeds benefit NECCO, an agency that helps place troubled children with foster families, and the Sue Niestroy-Wilson Memorial Fitness Scholarship Award.

Participants may register online at or visit the rec center welcome desk for registration forms.

For more information contact Michele Muth at or 304-696-2943.

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