On February 17, athletes from all over will take to the pool, bikes, and treadmills for the 3rd annual Indian Valley Family YMCA indoor triathlon.
According to YMCA Health and Wellness Director Heather Labbe, triathlons are the fastest growing sport in the United States and many people are intimidated by the equipment and time needed to participate in an outdoor triathlon.
“Most people picture an IronMan triathlon when they hear the word, but this indoor version is over in just one hour – a 20 minute swim, a 20 minute bike, and a 20 minute run,” Labbe said. “There’s no wondering when you will be done.”
The triathlon is open to people of all ages and abilities and is done in a safe and known environment. You don’t need to be a world-class athlete – or YMCA member – to participate.
“You can use a kickboard or noodle [for the swim], and stop and rest any time you need to,” Labbe said.
The cost to participate is $35 for an individual or $45 for a team of three – where each person does one event.
All funds raised will go to the Strong Kids Campaign, which benefits children and families in the Ellington-Vernon area.
The first heat of the triathlon begins at 8 a.m. and registration can be done online.
Watch this video to check out scenes from a previous triathlon.
The Indian Valley YMCA serves residents in the towns of East Windsor, Ellington, Enfield, Somers, South Windsor, Tolland, and Vernon.