Lazy triathlon aims to encourage all students

The temperature outside may be dropping, but the competition inside Markin Family Recereation Center is heating up with the first Bradley Lazy Man Triathlon.

The Lazy Man Triathlon, which is hosted by Student Senate, Get Fit Stay Fit and the Bradley Triathlon Club, runs from Nov. 4 to Dec. 6.

In order to complete the five-week event, participants must log a total of 2.4 miles swimming, 112 miles biking and 26.2 miles running or walking. Participants may opt to row 12.4 miles in place of swimming 2.4 miles and may track miles on cardio machines, such as treadmills and elliptical, toward the running and walking total as well.

After hearing about similar events held at gyms across the country, Student Body President Zack Shaw initiated the effort to bring the Lazy Man Triathlon to Bradley. Director of Campus Recreation and Athletic Facilities Jessica Gentry, Triathlon Club President Chris Douglas, Interim Director of Health and Wellness Lyndsey Hawkins and Get Fit Stay Fit’s Jessica Revord have assisted Shaw in bringing the event to campus.

“We decided to host the event at Bradley because we thought it would be a great way to get students motivated to be more physically active,” Shaw said. “The Lazy Man Triathlon allows for a fun environment and a hint of competition to help students set a goal and work toward it throughout the month.”

Participants track their progress in a binder at the Markin front desk based on the honor system.

Upon completion, participants receive a T-shirt and are entered in a drawing for additional prizes, which are still being determining.

As of Nov. 6, Shaw said approximately 150 had registered for the Lazy Man Triathlon. People can register any time for $5 at the Campus Recreation Office at Markin 120, but in order to ensure a shirt upon completion, they must register by Nov. 8.