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Feb. 2, 2011

Recreational Services to hold first Tropical Indoor Quadrathlon Feb. 20

In the midst of cold Iowa winter, University of Iowa Recreational Services is hosting its first ever Tropical Indoor Quadrathlon, Sunday, Feb. 20 at the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center (CWRC).

Events include swimming and running, elements of a traditional triathlon, of course. But the UI quadrathlon adds rowing and a special twist at the end -- a beanbag toss.

Participants will swim, row and run for 10 minutes in each event, then toss three bean bags for a chance to add 75 additional yards to their total score. The participant who covers the greatest distance in each of the four events is the winner.

The quadrathlon begins at 11 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 20, with body marking beginning at 9:30 a.m. and a mandatory pre-race meeting at 10:30 a.m.

“I wanted the quadrathlon to be centered on all events that were accommodating to beginners,” said event director Thom Rieck of UI Recreational Services. “If participants sign up for a triathlon later in the year, they can get their feet wet in this event.”

Rieck said outdoor quadrathlons usually have kayaking or skiing as the fourth event, but he incorporated the bean bag toss because of the indoor setting, its originality, and its simplicity for beginner participants. He said quadrathlons are few and far between in the United States and are more popular in Europe, where several countries have quadrathlon associations.

"Our quadrathlon is inside because it's so early in the year and we really wanted to use it to show off the new CRWC. I couldn't depend on the snow quality or the river flow for kayaking or skiing in the middle of February, Rieck added.

Registration is $25 for Recreational Services members and $35 for nonmembers. Minimum age to participate is 18. To register, stop by the Membership Services counter at the CRWC or Field House, or call 319-335-9293. The registration form may also be mailed in, postmarked by Friday, Feb. 5.

Race day registrations will be accepted, but registration should be completed by Wednesday, Feb. 9 to guarantee an event shirt. For registration and more information on the event visit

Awards will go to the overall top male/female and those who garner first, second and third place positions in age group divisions. The Tropical Indoor Quadrathlon is sponsored by Running Wild, RoadID, New Pioneer Food Co-op, and World of Bikes. Participants can also win a total of $500 in drawing prizes.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

MEDIA CONTACT: Thom Rieck, Recreational Services,, 319-335-5976; George McCrory, University News Services, 319-384-0012, Writer: Paul Spooner