Kansas City athletes take on indoor triathlon

Posted at 10:25 AM, Feb 28, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-28 12:11:19-05

Swimmers, bikers and runners beat the sun, and the chilly temperatures, Sunday morning for the Jewish Community Center's annual indoor triathlon

Distances for this race are recognized by USA Triathlon. Athletes use this competition as a way to prepare for the upcoming triathlon season in the spring and summer months. 



"In the pool you can see where you are going," said John Anderson, an area triathlete who is using the Indoor Triathlon to keep him motivated during the winter. "Out there like at Shawnee Mission Lake, you can't see where you're going so you're swimming and picking your head up, swimming and picking your head up. You're almost zig-zagging. Here I can see where I'm going so my time is a lot faster."

While JCC has put on the indoor triathlon for 21 years, this year was the first it offered two difference distances. Participants could choose between traditional triathlon distances or opt for the super sprint, which consisted of shorter lengths. 
  • Traditional Triathlon - 750 yard swim, 12.4 mile bike and 3.1 mile run
  • Super Sprint - 400 yard swim, eight mile bike and two mile run



Some participants say they use this event to motivate them to work out during the winter months, while others use it as a way to get their base completion time before triathlon season starts in the late spring.

"Anybody from any fitness level and age compete," said Hiliary Nichols, the fitness coordinator for the JCC. "We have an 11-year-old doing it this year and we have a guy that's 71 who will participate, so it's kind of a tradition throughout 'the J'."

More than 130 people spent their Sunday morning swimming, biking and running at JCC for this event. A portion of the proceeds from The J’s Indoor Triathlon supports the organization’s financial assistance programs. 


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