Located on the grounds of the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ Ministry Center, the Tri Ancilla sprint triathlon will consist of a 500 yard swim, an 11 mile bike ride, and a 3.1 mile run.
“Ancilla College is thrilled to once again be able to invite triathlon enthusiasts from both in and outside Indiana to come and experience the beauty of our campus grounds,” said Todd Zeltwanger, Executive Director of Institutional Advancement at Ancilla College. “We look forward to a great turnout of participants and spectators again this year. In our first year, we had 75 participants, mainly from Indiana and Michigan.
Last year, we increased to 110 participants from six different states.
In 2011, we are hoping for 200 participants, which is our maximum.”
Prizes will be offered to the first, second, and third place winners in each age group, in addition to prizes for the overall men’s and women’s winners. Proceeds from the event will benefit student scholarship and tuition assistance programs at Ancilla College.
Those interested in registering for the event are encouraged to visit www.ancilla.edu and click on the Tri Ancilla link. Fees are currently $50.00 per person. Those who register after April 1 will be charged $55.00 and those registering after May 1 will be charged $60.00.
Relay teams may also participate in the event.
For those who are not currently members of USA Triathlon (USAT), a $10.00 fee will also be charged for the required one day USAT membership.
In addition to individual registrations, corporate sponsorship opportunities for the event are also available.
The Tri Ancilla sprint triathlon is part of the Michiana 3×3 Triathlon Series, joining the Eagle Lake and Niles triathlon events. The Eagle Lake triathlon is scheduled for August 6 and the Niles triathlon is scheduled for September 3. Tri-athletes can register for all three events and receive a $5.00 discount off of each race.
Pete Colan, the owner of Granger-based company Spin Zone Cycling, expressed his pleasure with Spin Zone acting as a primary sponsor of the Tri Ancilla sprint triathlon.
“Spin Zone is very proud to be part of the Tri Ancilla sprint triathlon as a sponsor and competitor,” said Colan. “Personally, Ancilla is the event I will always participate in because the Ancilla College campus is an ideal venue for a sprint triathlon. The campus is beautiful, quiet and secluded and the race course is challenging, fun, and well supported.
“We are also very excited that the Ancilla triathlon kicks off the Michiana 3 X 3 series, which gives our local athletes a chance to face-off throughout the year in Michiana and compete for a series award.
There may be a chill in the air now, but by May it will warm up to be a great month for the first triathlon of the year.”
Colan advised participants to come equipped with a wetsuit for the event and have their bikes checked ahead of time for any potential issues.
For more information on the event or corporate sponsorship opportunities, please contact Zeltwanger at (574) 936-8898 Ext. 345.
Ancilla College is a Catholic, two-year, co-educational, liberal arts college in Donaldson, Indiana sponsored by the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ.
Photo: John Gough, Assistant Professor of Business at Ancilla College, participates in the 2010 Tri Ancilla sprint triathlon.