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Originally published: 2012-11-29 10:04:36
Last modified: 2012-11-29 10:04:36

Inaugural Williams YMCA Indoor Triathlon December 15

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To give Avery athletes a chance to compete in the cold winter months, Williams YMCA of Avery County is hosting its inaugural Williams YMCA Indoor Triathlon. The contest will give competitors the chance to run, bike and swim to the finish line without leaving the YMCA. Because of space restrictions and to make the contest more accessible, the indoor triathlon will be somewhat less demanding than a typical triathlon, featuring a quarter-mile swim, 30-minute bike ride and 5K run. 

The race will take place beginning at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 15. The cost to register is currently $25, but the price will go up to $35 after Tuesday, Dec. 1. Registration forms are available by clicking to or visiting Williams YMCA in Linville. 

According to YMCA staff members Matthew Hitechew and Jessica Smith, the idea for the triathlon grew out of the water fitness classes and the Splash program, which introduces each Avery County Schools student to swimming.

“I wanted to do something a little bit more high end. We have never done anything like that here at the Y,” said Hitechew. 

According to Hitechew, the indoor triathlon is an ideal way to become familiar with the three disciplines of running, biking and swimming without the intensity of a full triathlon or Iron Man race.

“I do not think any triathlon is ever easy ... but all these things are very doable for people who come and work out regularly,” said Hitechew. “Part of the goal was to get people who run on the treadmill upstairs, or maybe just come and take spin, or just swim, to get them to visit other parts of the Y and maybe get other parts of the Y into their workout routine.”

For the triathlon winners, prizes will be available, such as gift certificates to local sponsoring companies, YMCA memberships and more. 

“I encourage anyone to come give it a try,” said Hitechew. “People can surprise themselves.