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More than 100 sign up for triathlon

Fourth annual event will be Saturday

February 19, 2012
By JOE SUTTER, Messenger staff writer , Messenger News

It's time to make those New Year's resolutions pay off.

The Fort Dodge Community Rec Center will hold its fourth annual indoor Triathlon Saturday. Executive Director Dave Pearson said the event was a good motivator for those who planned on getting in shape this year.

"It's a great time of year to host something like this," Pearson said. "It's a big event that gives people something to look forward to and train for, for their New Year's resolutions."

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-Messenger file photo
The third wave of 101 participants in the FDCRC Indoor Triathlon ride in the 20-minute biking segment of the event at the FDCRC in 2011.

As in the past, this year's event has a very good response.

"We already have well over 100 participants, and we're still taking more," he said.

Although the standard registration period ended Feb. 15, teams and individuals can still register up to the day of the competition by filling out a form at the Rec Center, he said. The cost will now include a $10 late fee.

Fact Box

If you go:

What: Fort Dodge Community Rec Center 4th Annual Indoor Triathlon, and Health and Wellness Fair

When: Saturday beginning at 7:30 a.m.

Where: Fort Dodge Community Recreation Center, 1422 First Ave. S.

Registration: Open until day of the event; must turn in forms in person at Rec Center. Cost including $10 late fee: $25 for youth, $40 for adults, $85 for teams

The triathlon features a wide range of age groups, from children to adults.

"The youth triathlon is huge this year," Pearson said. "We also have a team portion, where you can get on teams of two or three people, and each one can do a different part of the race."

The event starts with a swimming race, then biking, and then running, Pearson said. Competitors have a set amount of time for each event, and the winners will be determined by the total distance covered.

The first wave begins at 7:30 a.m. Each wave is about 30 to 45 minutes long. The event will continue throughout the day.

"There's 12 people per wave," Pearson said. "They start out in the pool, and then once they hit the track, we start the next wave."

Those not wanting to participate are welcome to come watch the event or volunteer to help.

Participants, event volunteers and observers will all be able to enjoy the Health and Wellness fair in the gym, which Pearson said would be an event in and of itself.

"The gym will be full of booths and activities, and we'll have a bouncy house set up for the kids. There will be a lot going on, something for everybody," he said.

Many prizes will be given away, he said. There will be drawings, and all participants will receive a free medal and T-shirt. Food will also be served.

For more information, or to find registration forms, visit or

Contact Joe Sutter at (515) 573-2141 or



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