Fort Dodge Indoor Triathlon is March 2

The fifth annual Fort Dodge Indoor Triathlon is March 2. This event has become one of Fort Dodges biggest athletic events. The Fort Dodge Trisport Club and Fort Dodge Rec Center have worked together to put this event on. This year the event will more than likely sell out at 200 spots with around 250 athletes including the team categories. Last year the event had 180 athletes and it has grown every year since our first year with around 100 athletes. We have had athletes ages 9 to 70 participate, whether you are a seasoned athlete or just beginning, this is a perfect winter event.

Training sessions are under way at the Fort Dodge Rec Center. Youth workouts for 9- to 15-year-olds are every Tuesday and Thursday from 3:45 to 4:30 p.m. at the Rec center. These are supervised workouts by volunteers from Fort Dodge Trisport and the Rec Center. One of the days the kids do a pool workout and the other day they workout in the spin room and also on the track. Monica Shelly heads up the kids training and can be reached at 570-4684 or contact the Rec Center at 573-7107. For kids 16 and older and for adults there are swim training sessions on Tuesdays from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. and Sundays from 2 to 3 p.m. Diane Happell heads up the adult swim training and can be reached at 573-2441 or contact the Rec Center. The Rec offers many spin classes and open lap lane swimming that are great training for the triathlon also. Youths ages 9 to 14 who are not already Rec members can get a free membership to the Rec Center after they sign up for the triathlon. Adults and kids 15 and up who are not members can get a prorated membership to the Rec Center after they sign up for the triathlon.

The event is based on the distance you swim, bike and run in a certain amount of time depending on your age group. The times for anyone 15 and up and any team with a 15-year-old or older will participate in a 10-minute swim, 20-minute bike and a 15-minute run. Kids 9 to 11 will swim five minutes, bike 10 minutes and run eight minutes. Kids 12 to 14 will swim eight minutes, bike 15 minutes and run 10 minutes. Between the swim and the bike starting in the spin room everyone will have seven minutes and after the bike they will have four minutes to get up on the track before the run starts. There will be volunteers to count laps in the pool and on the track to keep track of distance on the bikes.

Putting together a team is a great, fun way to participate. There will be a team category in each age group this year. If you have a biker and runner but are missing a swimmer, we have people who will do the swim leg. Please call Craig Jarrard at 408-0389.

A health fair will be going on in the gym again this year. Fifteen to 20 businesses will be sharing and promoting there healthy lifestyle products and services from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and is open to the public. This is a great event for everyone and there will be drawings for prizes during the event for products from the participating business. Central Perk will be there selling coffee, pastries and sandwiches from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., so come for breakfast or lunch also.

Sponsors and volunteers have been a huge part of this events success. Our sponsors are Fort Dodge Ford, Hy-Vee Drugstore, Shelly and Shelly Orthodontics, Fort Dodge Oral and Maxofacial, Trimark Foot and Ankle, Iowa Heart Center, Kemna Auto, Brown’s Shoe Fit, Acree Chiropractic, The Bike Shop, Three Eagles, Northwest Bank, Shimkat Motors, Trinity Healthy Living and Splash Graphics. We will have more than 50 volunteers for the day, which is such an important part of the success of this event. If you are interested in volunteering please call Craig Jarrard at 408-0389 or contact the Rec Center.

Craig Jarrard is a board member of the Fort Dodge Trisport Club.