In celebration of competitive activities at the Biscayne Bay Campus’ Wellness and Recreation Center, the City Bikes Biscayne Bay Triathlon will be hosting their annual triathlon event on May 29, at FIU’s BBC. For its fifth year running, FIU students and other community participants will be able to engage in a sprint distance race consisting of a 500-meter swim, 10-mile bike, 2.8-mile run.
The triathlon is designed to challenge each participant with rigorous activities by swimming through Biscayne Bay, riding through a closed off bike path that runs alongside protected mangrove restorations and will also race through protected habitats, with views of Sandspur Island.
This year’s attendees are expected at a total of 300 racers, 100 volunteers and 12 student triathlon council members. They are also expecting numerous spectators that will be encouraged to cheer on the participants.
“I think [it] definitely benefits the [BBC] campus,” says race director, Christina Reddick, in an email sent to Student Media. “Our triathletes see parts of the campus and nature trail that they wouldn’t normally see, and they become part of a supportive community of multisport enthusiast[s]. Luckily Florida is one of the biggest states for triathlons, given that we are able to train year round.”
FIU encourages students to participate by joining the FIU Tri CLub for coaching opportunities that allows access to facilities in order to train with a group or on your own.
“The club’s main purpose is to provide a group workout and community for FIU students,” says Reddick who is also the advisor to the Student Triathlon Council and advisor for the FIU Tri Club. “We have coaches that train with us and we are now providing support for our students and faculty members who want to become coaches themselves [as] a pathway to certification.”
“I guess our main goal is for each student to at least experience a ‘mock tri’… that is what we do each Saturday at the BBC. We swim, transition, bike, transition and run together – all the parts of any triathlon,” says Reddick.
In further preparation for next year’s event, Reddick says the FIU Tri Club will be holding group workouts at the Modesto Maidique Campus during June, July and August. They will also begin their weekday and Saturday group practices at the BBC in the fall starting August 27.
The race will start and finish at the kayak launch on the east side of campus toward the bay, and the first wave will start at 7 a.m. Even though the event is almost sold out for participant entries, students can still sign up at a discounted price.
For more information, please contact Christina Reddick at firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, phone number, and Panther ID.