Annual Triathlon

West Union Triathlon/5k

The 10th annual West Union Triathlon will be held in West Union on Sunday, June 25, 2017. The event will be held at the West Union Aquatic Center and West Union Recreation Park. This year we are adding a 5k to the event. You cannot do both races.

The race begins with a 3.1-mile run, which starts at the Aquatic Center and winds around the North Fayette Cross-Country course. It incorporates the beautiful fields and trails from the West Union Recreation Park into the course and brings you back to the transition area located in the Aquatic Center parking lot.

After the run, you will either get on your bike or touch the next member of your team at the relay station. The 16-mile, challenging, bike ride will take you on county blacktop and concrete roads north of West Union and loop you back to the Aquatic Center.

Then, you will either enter the pool, or touch the next member of your team at the relay station. The swim consists of 16 lengths of the pool, approximately 400 yards. It is a serpentine swim with a zero entry depth exit.

THEN.....

Shower, Eat, Drink, Relax and Stay for the Awards Ceremony.

Who Can Participate?

Anyone who is at least 9 years of age on race day is encouaged to try our triathlon! Anyone can run the 5k.

You may enter as an individual or as a 2-3 person team. (We must have a parent/legal guardian sign if under age 18).

There are separate awards for male, female, coed, and youth teams.

When is this year's race?

The race will be held on Sunday, June 25, 2017. Race time is set for 9 a.m., rain or shine. The race will only be cancelled for lightening! You can pick up your pre-race packet Saturday evening from 6-7 p.m. and Sunday morning from 6:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. The pre-race meeting will follow registration at 8:45 a.m.. Transition area will open at 6 a.m.

There will be no refunds.

Why a triathlon?

The West Union Park and Recreation Department is dedicated to improving the health and fitness of the residents of West Union. All proceeds will be spent on Park and Recreation projects. In 2017, we plan on using the money to help fund a new handicap accessible playground for Rotary Park. What a fun way to raise money for a great cause! We have raised over $12,000 from past triathlons! Thank you for helping us.

We started this triathlon in part to be a major fundraiser for capital projects in our city parks. Due to the wonderful participation we have received and major grants received, funding for Clark Park has been achieved. The new equipment and surfacing has been installed and the children in the community are thrilled with their 'new' park. We will using funds from future triathlons to improve our other city parks. Thank you for your participation.

Where

If entering West Union from the North on Highway 150

Turn left at the intersection of Hwys 18 & 150 (4-way stop signs). At second stop light, turn left. Drive north about 1 mile on Pine Street and the Aquatic Center and Recreational Area will be on your right.

If entering West Union from the South on Highway 150

Turn right at the intersection of Hwys 18 & 150 (4-way stop signs). At second stop light, turn left. Drive north about 1 mile on Pine Street and the Aquatic Center and Recreational Area will be on your right.

If entering West Union from the West on Highway 18

At the intersection of Hwys 18 & 150 (4-way stop signs), continue west on Hwy 18 to second stop light. Turn left and drive north about 1 mile on Pine Street. The Aquatic Center and Recreational Area will be on your right.

If entering West Union from the East on Highway 18

At the first stop light, turn right. Drive north on Pine Street about 1 mile. The Aquatic Center and the Recreational Area will be on your right.

Parking

You can unload bicycles, camping gear, etc., at the Recreation Park and long-term parking will be in the high school parking lot. or in the Recreation park directly north of the Aquatic Center.

Rules

Please read carefully. The rules are for your protection.

The 1st event will be the 3.1-mile run, followed by the 16-mile bike and finish with the swim which will be 400 yards, sixteen lengths of the pool-down and back in each lane. Lane ropes will be in the pool to facilitate the swim.

All bikers must wear helmets. They will not be provided for you. You will be disqualified if you do not wear a helmet.

The swim will begin in 4 feet of water under the slide end of the pool and finish in 4 feet of water so NO DIVING will be allowed. The swimmer will be swimming over the deep end for part of the swim. Lifeguards will be on duty for your safety.

Relay stations will be clearly marked and supervised. Chip timing will be utilized and the person wearing the chip is required to remove the bracelet and hand it to the next team member.

The biker may have on his/her helmet while waiting in the exchange zone. Once the runner has handed off the chip bracelet, he/she will go to the bike. NO BIKES WILL BE ALLOWED IN THE EXCHANGE ZONE. When the biker returns, he/she MUST get off the bike, put it on the rack and then pass the bracelet to the swimmer in the exchange zone. The swimmer will then run to the pool through a "chute".

Swimmers, please exit the pool through the zero entry depth of the pool area. The finish line will be the natural grate just past the edge of the water and the final timing pad needs to be crossed to stop the clock.. You will not run back out into the staging area.

Enjoy some refreshments afterwards, and wait for the Awards Ceremony. Awards will be given as soon as the results are tabulated.

Awards

Trophies will be given to the following finishers:

  • Overall Finisher
  • First Male/Female Finishers
  • Oldest Male/Female Finishers

Medals will be given to the individuals in the top three places in each of these categories:

  • 17 & Under
  • 18-25
  • 26-35
  • 36-45
  • 46-59
  • 60 & Over

Medals will be divided by the above age groups and gender.

Team medals will be given to the top four teams in each category: Men, Women, Coed, and Youth.

 

How much will it cost to enter the competition?

  • Individuals - $45 prior to 3/1/17- $50 after 3/1/17 Includes shirt
  • Individuals - $32 prior to 3/1/17- $37 after 3/1/17 No Shirt Option
  • Teams (2-3 people) - $70 prior to 3/1/17 - $75 after 3/1/17 Includes shirts
  • Teams (2-3 people) - $45 prior to 3/1/17 - $ 50 after 3/1/17 No Shirt option
  • 5K $25 prior to 3/1/17 - $30 After 3/1/17 Includes shirt
  • 5K $17 prior to 3/1/17 - $22 After 3/1/17 No Shirt Option

Registration form must be received in the Park and Recreation Office by June 1, 2017, to insure a T-shirt on race day!

Lodging

Plan to come early and stay late and enjoy our community!

You will be able to set up tents on the soccer fields at the West Union Recreational Area. It sits next door to the Aquatic Center so showers will be available to you.

Best Rest Inn 563-422-3537

When you call for a reservation, mention you're participating in the triathlon for a discounted rate.

Sponsors

We would like to thank all of our 2016 sponsors. Without their generous support, this event could not have been a success.

  • Woodard Insurance
  • Barrel Drive In, Inc
  • Allen Knox Associates
  • FitnessSports.com
  • Easton's Water Conditioning
  • Palmer Lutheran Health Center
  • Gaylord and Kathy Guyer
  • Trifind.com
  • Bank 1st
  • Kerndt Brothers Savings Bank
  • China Kitchen
  • Union Drug
  • Raymond James (Brian Gibson)

Prizes

  • Gunderson Lutheran
  • Barrel Drive In

Registration

We are using Trekman for our chip timing this year. They have assured us the glitches we had last year have been taken care of. You can register either by paper registration or online registration. The link to online registration is through Chronotrack. Please use the following link: