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DeGray Lake Triathlon


Calling all exercise enthusiasts! You still have time to sign up for an event that is NOT CANCELED. The DeGray Lake Triathlon in Arkansas is on for 2020, even in the midst of the pandemic. Since March, race directors have worked tirelessly to ensure this event can still take place, yet be socially distanced and follow all the government and CDC mandates.

With added safety measures, their overall goal for the Sept. 13, 2020, multi-sport festival is to limit exposure for all attendees, and still allow for a true racing experience. By efficiently keeping people moving and eliminating touchpoints, the nature of this event makes it possible for the competitors and those working the course to social distance by having several waves of start times.

The DeGray Lake Triathlon has a 12-year history, making it one of the original multi-sport festivals and one of the oldest triathlons in the state. Housed on a reservoir on the Caddo River in Arkansas, this beautiful lake and surrounding Ouachita Mountains near Hot Springs and Little Rock is an Arkansas resort state park, an ideal venue for participants and spectators.

At the DeGray Lake Triathlon, there are several different options for competitors, each involving some sort of combination of the three forms of essential cardiovascular exercise: running, biking and swimming. Everyone can find something.

Check out the options below:

Olympic Triathlon: 1,500-meter swim, 42-kilometer bike, 10-kilometer run.  Individuals and teams.

Sprint Triathlon: 500-yard swim, 13.5-mile bike, 5K run.  Individuals only.

Super Sprint Triathlon: 225-yard swim, 6-mile bike, 2-mile run.  Individuals only.

Sprint Duathlon: Run 1: 2 miles, bike: 13.5 miles. Run 2:  3.1 miles

Aquabike (swimming and biking): 1,500-meter swim, 42-kilometer bike.  Individuals only.

Open Water Swim: 1,500-meter swim

For someone who feels like they are not ready for all three of the standard triathlon events, the Sprint Duathlon or the Aquabike are alternatives. The Sprint Duathlon only involves running and biking, and the Aquabike consists of swimming and biking.

For the beginner who would like to test out a triathlon event, but is too nervous to try for the full experience, there’s an option to sign up for the Super Sprint Triathlon, a shortened version of the running, biking and swimming. Consistent triathlon training has been considered the “fountain of youth” because it is a sustainable form of exercise as people age. Swimming and biking are not as hard on the joints as strictly running is for exercise. So, when the cardio trifectas are combined, triathlon enthusiasts claim that it is the best way to stay fit as you age.

The DeGray Lake Triathlon is the activity for anyone to try something new with their exercise. There are six event options to choose from appropriate for various fitness levels and registration is open up until September 11, 2020. Grab a friend and make plans to go and explore the beautiful Lake DeGray area and sign up and try something new.  Click Here to register.

All Photos are used with permission from Marvin Winston at www.rbspics.com.

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Amanda Farris is homeschooling mom to four. She is a teacher/coach who hung up her coaching whistle after she got promoted to motherhood. She loves running and homeschool and is a certified running coach and has a YouTube channel all about homeschooling. She loves long chats over coffee with her husband and fresh flowers on her table. Her friends would call her a "gatherer of people” and a “doer of projects” ! You can find her on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/@Home.School.andLife

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