triathlonThis event is modeled on the Ironman Triathlon, and you can arrange the 3 course events around your surrounding facilities and landscape. You can make the course challenging, yet accessible to those who would like to try. Have separate divisions for first time athletes and those with triathlon experience. You can also have teams of three participants (staff appreciate this opportunity to participate).

The course consists of three events: Swimming (indoor pools will do), biking, and running. Try a 500 m swim, 6 km run and a 20 km bike route.

Consider the skill level of your participants and allow for single and double teams in junior, senior, and staff divisions. Invite other schools in your area to participate. Interesting staff challenges can occur between rival schools. Each team should have a staff member available to coach and co-ordinate team efforts. You will find that a well coordinated pit crew will do wonders for a team’s organization and morale on race day. Hold a BBQ and awards presentation where the course finishes.

from: Laurie Murray
Elmira District Secondary School

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