Campus rec hosting indoor triathlon event

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Last year, participants completed 20-kilometer bike ride on stationary bikes as part of the indoor triathlon. Oakland University is hosting its second annual triathlon event on March 6 at the Recreation Center on campus. 

Jake Smith

On March 6 at 11 a.m. Oakland University and community triathletes will jump in the pool, hop on a bike and run to the finish line in the university’s second indoor triathlon event.

The event is hosted by the Club Sports Advisory Council in Oakland University’s Campus Recreation department and will take place inside of the Recreation Center using the university’s full-size olympic swimming pool, stationary bikes and indoor track. The race is split into a 750 meter swim, a 20 kilometer bike ride and a five kilometer run.

“The Indoor Triathlon is an opportunity for Oakland University to unite its leadership under one roof in order to promote a positive, healthy and physically active lifestyle,” Devon Meadows, Club Sports Advisory Council President, said.

The race is not exclusive to Oakland students and welcomes participants from the community as well.

Athletes can either register individually to compete or sign up as a team of three with each member completing a leg of the race. Over 30 teams are expected to compete.

For Oakland students the entry fee for individuals is $20 and for non-OU participants the individual entry fee is $28. The team rate for both OU and non-OU participants is $70.

To register, participants must first RSVP to the event on GrizzOrgs.

Participant then must register for the race on IMLeagues.com. The registration page for the event can be found by scanning the QR code located on this page or visiting the website.

Finally, the participants must go to the welcome center desk inside of the Recreation Center at Oakland University and pay for either their team or individual registration.

Registration is currently live and participants will be able to pay at the welcome desk starting this Friday. If payment occurs after Mar. 3, there will be a $5 late fee added to the registration fee.

 All proceeds from the event will be donated to a charitable organization that will benefit the local community.  The specific charity should be announced within the next week.

If individuals or student organizations don’t want to participate in triathlon but still want to contribute to raising money for a charity organization, there are opportunities to volunteer.

Volunteers can sign up by following the same link above or scanning the QR code on this page. Organizations also have the opportunity to help sponsor the event with either gift donations or financial support.

The process for registering as a volunteer is to RSVP on GrizzOrgs and then register on a volunteer sign up Google form.

“The purpose of this event is to promote a healthy lifestyle on campus, develop teamwork among athletes and participants, increase student involvement within the recreation center and provide student networking among various organizations,” Meadows said.

This year’s triathlon has a lot of potential following last year’s success. There will be giveaway prizes for the winners of the event and gift bags for participants and volunteers.

For more information, go to GrizzOrgs or contact Devon Meadows.