Community invited to compete in Marshall Rec Center indoor triathlon

Updated 4 years ago Special to HNN Provided by Marshall University

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - How about a little healthy competition to inspire a community to get healthy? The Marshall Recreation Center is promoting fitness by inviting everyone to enter its indoor triathlon at 9 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 22.

"We wanted to put on a small-scale triathlon in Huntington, and an indoor triathlon sounded just perfect. The Recreation Center has a great building to put on an event like this, and with the weather we have been having, it's nice to get out of the elements," said Stephanie Vlahos, race co-director.

Entrants can tackle the triathlon alone or sign up with a team in an attempt to win the 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 presented to the top overall male and female finishers, and the top competitors in each age group. Age groups are 16-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, and 60+. The top three teams will win a corporate cup.

Children also are encouraged to attend and compete in age groups of 8-10 and 11-15. Children 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 four feet, two inches tall to ride the bike.

Parents can accompany their children in the 8-10 year-old race, but not the race in the 11-15 year-old category. 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. Participants 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. The forms also can be viewed at

For more information, contact Michele Muth by e-mail at, or by phone at 304-696-2943.

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