December 19, 2018

SIU’s Recreation Center offers two triathlon events in early 2019

by Christi Mathis

CARBONDALE, Ill. — Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s Student Recreation Center is offering two unique biking, swimming and running experiences to kick off 2019.

Everyone is welcome to participate in the 21st annual Rec Your Body Indoor Triathlon on Feb. 24, and all students and Rec Center members can take on the Indoor Ironman Challenge, which runs Feb. 4-March 1.

It’s all indoors

The Rec Your Body Indoor Triathlon all takes place within the Student Recreation Center building. It begins at 9 a.m. on Feb. 24 and includes a 10-minute swim in the center’s Olympic-size swimming pool, a 20-minute bicycling leg on stationary bikes, and a 15-minute run on the 200-meter track.

Time is allowed for transitions between the phases. Winners are determined by a point system, based on the total distance covered in the allotted times.

Everyone age seven or older is welcome to participate; no affiliation with the university or the Student Recreation Center is required.

Register Now for Rec Your Body

Pre-registration is required no later than Feb. 20. The cost is $25 per person and includes the event T-shirt. No walk-in sign-ups will be accepted. Register online or at the Member Services Center on the main floor of the Student Recreation Center.

Call 618/453-1275 or visit for additional details.

Awards will be presented immediately after the event and results posted online.

Student organization involved

The SIU Student Recreation Center and the SIU Triathlon Club, a registered student organization, are sponsors of the event. Additional information about the club is available by contacting Cay Gerlock at 618/925-0577 or emailing Adam Vogel at

Contact Savannah Ashbaugh at 618/453-1275 or with questions about the event.

Ironman Challenge coming soon

The 5th annual Indoor Ironman event is completely separate, and individuals or teams are welcome to join in.

Students and Student Recreation Center members take on the challenge of swimming two miles, running 26 miles and biking 112 miles during the four-week period from Feb. 4 to March 1. One person can do all three “legs” or teams of three can compete, with each person completing one part of the contest.

Sign up at the Rec Center

Registration is open to any SIU student or to any Rec Center member. The cost is $10 per participant and all will receive one-of-a-kind 2019 Indoor Ironman T-shirts.

Sign up by stopping by the Member Services Center or the Personal Fitness and Wellness Studio, located on the lower level of the Student Recreation Center.

Call 618/453-1275 or visit for more information.