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Madman: Where Average Joes (and those other guys) Compete

boremanOne. Last. Time.

In the pool.

The last pool-swim tri (The Madison Community Center MADMAN Triathlon – register HERE) of the South Dakota season will take place this coming Saturday, June 3, and it features something for everyone.

The Average Joe: 200 yard swim (4 laps in the CC pool), 5 mile bike and 1 mile run. That’s right, those individuals who have been sitting on the curb watching or the folks that want to just “try” a tri have a perfect opportunity in the Average Joe. The Madison CC created this distance for the average Joe, the one who’s most comfortable in his gym shorts and cotton t-shirt versus spandex and sockless running shoes.

The Traditional Course: 300 yard swim, 9 mile bike, and 2.5 mile run. This course follows the traditional course and distance that the Madman typically has been for the past umpteen years. It’s what made Madison one of the go-to early season races back when organizers would put this event on in April. The traditional course is for those who have trained for a race but aren’t ready for the typical sprint distance in South Dakota.

The Long Course: 500 yard swim, 15 mile bike, and 3.1 mile run. The big bosses in Madison responded well to feedback by extending the traditional course to a longer course which mimics the majority of the rest of the sprint triathlons in the state. Basically participants in the Long Course will follow the same course as the Traditional Course, but their turn-around points will be farther down the road.

This year’s race will also once again feature a Kid’s Tri, with age groups of 6-8 years old, 9-11 years old, and 12-14 years old. The Kid’s Tri will take place at 8:15am on Saturday with the adult’s tri at 9 am.

The weather looks to be about ideal for triathlon weather with a high of 70 and overcast conditions. Records may fall. And certainly PRs will be made, especially by all new triathletes. We’ll be there cameras in tow, ready to make you famous, so check your calendars, and then sign up for the distance that best suits your fancy (or the one that has the fewer people in your age group). We look forward to seeing you there.

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