Dust off those running shoes and break out your swimsuit. It’s time to leave the indoor rowing classes behind and take your workouts outside. Summer is always the most popular time of the year for those looking to push themselves to the physical limit during the heated competition of triathlons. Not only are triathlons a great way to stay in shape, but participants can also help support some great causes. Luckily for all those interested, the Triangle has some amazing races scheduled this season.
Smile Train Sprint Triathlon
Sunday, June 22nd
Since 2008, SmilesTrainTri has helped raise over $188,000 to support local charitable organizations including food drives, as well as several local children’s organizations. The race includes a 250-meter swim, 12-mile bike ride, and 3.1 mile run.
Rex Wellness Sprint Triathlon
Garner, North Carolina
Sunday, July 13th
This triathlon is open to participants of all ages and proceeds benefit the Rex Healthcare Foundation – a nonprofit organization that promotes community health awareness programs. The race includes a 250-yard pool swim, 10-mile bike ride, and 2-mile run. (Don’t forget my guest post about outdoor toddler activities on Rex’s blog.)
UNC Wellness Super Sprint Triathlon
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Sunday, August 10th
The UNC Wellness Triathlon benefits the UNC Wellness Medical Fitness Scholarship Fund – a group that provides local healthcare services to those in medical and financial need. The race includes a 250-yard swim, 9-mile bike ride, and 5K run.
If it’s been awhile since the last time you’ve participated in a triathlon—or if you are a first-timer!—remember the importance of preparing for any strenuous exercise that might be unusual for your body. You should always check with a physician before taking part in any new physical conditioning. Your doctor will be able to tell you whether your body is able to compensate for the added strain on your joints, muscles, and heart. Sadly, earlier in 2014 two young participants died while running in Raleigh’s Rock-n-Roll Marathon.
For those that haven’t trained as much leading up to the event, even if it might be difficult in the heat of the moment, you should pace yourself. Take the thrill of competition as motivation to finish – not as a push to come in first.
What are your experiences with marathons and triathlons?