Students will run, swim and bike to prepare for summer

Jamison Lamp

Jamison Lamp

After a recent, early spring snowstorm, what sounds like more fun than an “I’m Ready for Summer Triathlon?”

The ninth annual triathlon will be held April 26, with registration ending April 24.

“Athletes can save money if they register by April 18,” Shari Landmark, community fitness coordinator said.

The triathlon will consist of 500 yards of swimming, 12 miles of bike riding and 3.1 miles of running. Swimming will take place in the Wellness Center pool, while running and biking will meander through the SDSU campus and Brookings Community.

“Teams can participate, as well,” Landmark said. “It’s a good way to get motivated, training with roommates or family members.”

Teams can be split either three ways or be divided amongst two people.

This weekend, April 11, there will be a triathlon transition training practice starting at 12 p.m. in the Wellness Center. President of the East River Triathlon Club, Kyle Kranz, will teach training sessions.

“Athletes can save significant time if you know how to transition right,” Landmark said.

Currently, there are only about 40 people pre-registered, but that does not concern Landmark.

“A lot of people wait to see how the weather is,” she said. “Last year wasn’t so good; we had to push snow the day of the triathlon.”

The triathlon started nine years ago when one of Landmark’s graduate students started the triathlon as part of their graduate work. In its first year, there were 25 participants, and it grew to 118 people last year.

For further information contact the SDSU Wellness Center at 688-6415.