By Shane Burrell |Staff Writer|
The Spring quarter fitness event, “The Iron Coyote” is giving students an opportunity to challenge themselves and each other’s fitness in physical activities.
The Iron Coyote Triathlon consists of 26.2 miles of running, 112 miles of biking, and 2.4 miles of swimming, but don’t worry about finishing all of this in one day, competitors have the entire quarter to complete all of the activities.
“Students have from April 15 to June 7 to finish the event” said Barry Greene Jr. Coyote fitness coordinator.
Greene said, “It’s a way to make friends, if one person wants to do the event then they get another person to do it with them. Soon they have a group of people that do the event together.”
The Student Recreation and Fitness Center held a kick off to the event last Monday for the competitors that signed up.
For the ones that still wanted to join in, “We are not sure just yet, registration for the event is still open,” said Greene, so don’t worry about not being able to sign up, registration is still going on and you are able to sign up at the front desk in the recreation center.
Competitors pay a $10 dollar registration fee to enter the event, and will receive a t-shirt and a booklet. According to Greene, “Competitors are given a booklet that they are able to write down the mileage that they have completed, then they would have to grab a staff member to sign off and verify that they have completed what they have written down, this way it is fair to all of the competitors.”
Furthermore, Greene stated “ it’s a way to make friends, if one person wants to do the event then they get another person to do it with them, soon they have a group of people that do the event together.” It’s a way to make friends that share the same interest as yourself and a chance to learn that you are good at some sports that you might have not tried before.
Having to finish running and biking most competitors become discouraged with the swimming event. According to Greene, “Swimming is the hardest for most competitors,” he began to explain that students just don’t have time to finish the task, so it is sometimes the reason why they don’t finish the triathlon.
Some events may be more difficult than others depending on the competitor, however finishing the triathlon is fulfilling for everyone.
Greene believes that through dedication and training the tasks are easily completed. Promoting dedication and physical fitness Greene has hope for the competitors that have entered the competition and for those that still want to sign up.
When the competitors finish their amount of each activity they will then turn in their booklets and have their name entered into a raffle for a chance to win some prizes, as well as gain the pride of finishing the Iron Coyote.
This event creates a healthy dose of competition among Coyotes as well as keeping our campus healthy and fit.