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Triple threat: Athletes gear up for indoor triathlon

Competitors forced registration to close early for the 6th Annual Whole Person Indoor Triathlon due to the increased number of athletes signing up.

The triathlon’s purpose is to “promote wellness in the community,” said Aerobics Center Director Julie Dunn.

According to Dunn, 175 individuals registered for this triathlon making it ORU’s most successful triathlon yet.

“The majority of the competitors are first-time triathletes because this is a super-sprint triathlon,” Dunn said.

Individuals and teams will race to complete a 400-meter swim, 6.2-mile bike ride and 1.5-mile run. These are the shortest distances offered in a triathlon compared to other triathlon races like the “IRONMAN” triathlon.

Individuals will compete tomorrow beginning at 8 a.m. Heats will begin every 20 minutes until 5:40 p.m. Nine teams will begin at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 22. Heats will begin every 30 minutes until 5:30 p.m.

The individual division prizes will go to to the top overall male and female, best swim, best bike, best run and top athletes in different age groups.

There will be three members in each team: runner, biker and swimmer. Prizes will be awarded to first, second and third places.

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