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June 07, 2024

Sign up now for SIU’s Saluki Triathlon/Duathlon on June 22

by Christi Mathis

CARBONDALE, Ill. — The Saluki Triathlon and Duathlon are returning to Southern Illinois University Carbondale on June 22.  Anyone can participate.

Signup is now underway for the fourth annual Recreational Sports and Services swim, run and bike event, which was initially known as the King Tut Strut Triathlon. A concurrent bike and run duathlon was added in 2023 for younger participants.

Two events in one

The triathlon includes a 0.2-mile swim in Campus Lake, a 5-mile bicycle ride around the southwest side of campus and a 2-mile run on the trail circling the lake. Any individual or team age 12 or older may participate.

The duathlon will take place at the same time, including the 5-mile bike ride and 2-mile run only. The duathlon is open to all ages; children ages 8 or younger can participate for free.

Both events begin at 8 a.m.

Sign up now

Advance registration is now open. The cost is $35 for the solo triathlon, or $30 for the sprint relay triathlon.

Sign up online for the duathlon for $25.

SIU students can save $10 for either of the races by using the code salukitri10.

There are a limited number of spots for each race.  Online or walk-up registrations will be accepted at the race up until 7:59 a.m. as space allows.

Prizes for winners

Race winners will earn medals. The top three competitors in each of these divisions will receive an award:

  • Triathlon Sprint Solo (male, female, nonbinary).
  • Triathlon Sprint Team (each team member will receive a medal).
  • Duathlon Solo.

The race begins and ends at the Becker Pavilion on Campus Lake, a site that was totally renovated a few years ago. Although public swimming isn’t usually available on the lake, a small sandy beach area next to the pavilion accommodates events such as the Saluki Triathlon and the annual Cardboard Boat Regatta. Competitors should bring their own bicycles.

Awards will be presented about a half-hour after the last contestant completes the race.

Volunteers needed

Organizers are also seeking volunteers to assist with the Saluki Triathlon. Helpers will provide directions and assure the safety of participants during the bicycling and running phases of the event. About 40 volunteers are needed. Sign up online to assist.

Learn more

Find complete details about the Saluki Triathlon/Biathlon, along with registration, at For questions, contact Victor Martin, program director for Recreational Sports and Services, at or 618-453-1284.