Swim, Bike, Run

Triathlon to be held in Bluffton

The first Be A Beaver Triathlon is set for Saturday, May 31, in Bluffton.

Beginning at 8 a.m. at the Bluffton Community Swimming Pool, the event will include a 400-meter pool swim, a 20-kilometer bike on nearby country roads and a 5K run through village streets and the Bluffton University Nature Preserve.

Participants may register online at www.3disciplines.com through May 29. Cost for individuals is $50 until April 30 and $60 beginning May 1; for relay teams, it is $100 regardless of the date. On-site registration will then be available at the pool on May 30, with prices $10 higher, and from 6-7:30 a.m. on the day of the triathlon, with prices $20 higher. Individuals may also register on site for any one of the three triathlon disciplines, at a cost of $25.

Proceeds will help the university’s cross country and track and field teams cover their costs to attend out-of-state invitational meets.

Triathlon organizers want to introduce the sport to the region and to encourage fitness and healthy lifestyles in the Bluffton community. Participants will receive an event shirt, and finishers’ mementos will be presented, along with awards to the top three finishers in each age group. There will be professional chip timing, with results available online afterward.

Community partners for the event are the village of Bluffton and the community pool.