Sunday, August 5, 2012 will mark the 5th anniversary of Tri Indy Triathlon, as approximately 1,500 athletes will traverse their way through downtown Indianapolis, competing mostly pride, but also for the sense of accomplishment that comes with taking on a heart-pounding challenge of this magnitude and seeing it through to the very end.
Triathlons are fun and interesting for spectators since they get to watch triathlon participants quickly transition from one portion of the triathlon to the next. In this year’s event, for example, participants in the “Olympic Distance” challenge will swim 1,500 through the downtown Canal, at which point they must quickly change into biking gear and peddle 40 kilometers and then finish with a 10K run—talk about a workout! Other challenges include a 500 meter swim, 20K bike, 5K run; a 500 meter swim, 20K bike, 5K run; and an “Olympic Distance Relay” where one person swims, one person bike and one runs.
Triathlons have grown in popularity in recent years since they provide the perfect outlet for fitness-minded people of all ages to challenge themselves by participating in multiple, successive sporting challenges. A common misconception is that only fine-tuned athletes can participate in a triathlon. While it is true that anyone with a medical condition should seek a doctor’s opinion before participating in such a physically demanding event, almost anyone can take part in a triathlon, if for only a portion of it.
Another way to be a part of this event is through volunteering. Volunteers play an important role, and are essential to ensuring a safe and well organized event. In fact, this year’s Tri Indy Triathlon is still in need of several hundred volunteers to handle everything from body marking, gear checking, transition area supervision, handing out water to participants and giving directional assistance to participants and spectators. Course Marshals are also needed to guide participants on the run course and the bike course. Finish Line volunteers will do everything from handing out finisher medals, helping remove tags, distributing water and food preparation.
To obtain information on becoming a volunteer at this year’s event, contact the Tuxedo Brothers at 317-733-3300 or visit the website at www.tuxbro.com. This year’s event is sanctioned under USA Triathlon, the governing body for triathlons, duathlons and aquathlon in the United States.
- Location: Celebration Plaza at White River State Park – 801 W. Washington St, dwtn Indpls
- Date: Sunday, August
- Time: 7:30am-12:00pm (White River State Park)
- Parking: Available on a flat-rate basis at the Indianapolis Zoo as well as the White River State Park underground garage.