Oak Brook's indoor triathlon gives athletes much-needed chance to compete

  • Julie Mescher of Lemont, front, gets ready to start her heat on a rowing machine Sunday during the Tackle the Tri indoor triathlon at the Oak Brook Park District's Family Recreation Center. The triathlon featured a 2,000-meter row, a 2.5-mile stationary bike ride and a 1.25-mile run/walk on a treadmill.

    Julie Mescher of Lemont, front, gets ready to start her heat on a rowing machine Sunday during the Tackle the Tri indoor triathlon at the Oak Brook Park District's Family Recreation Center. The triathlon featured a 2,000-meter row, a 2.5-mile stationary bike ride and a 1.25-mile run/walk on a treadmill. Ryan Rayburn for the Daily Herald

  • Mike Delgado, fitness supervisor with the Oak Brook Park District, gives instruction before the start of the Tackle the Tri indoor triathlon Sunday at the park district's Family Recreation Center. "We ran these before COVID-19, but they became more popular now. People are just looking for something to do." Delgado said.

    Mike Delgado, fitness supervisor with the Oak Brook Park District, gives instruction before the start of the Tackle the Tri indoor triathlon Sunday at the park district's Family Recreation Center. "We ran these before COVID-19, but they became more popular now. People are just looking for something to do." Delgado said. Ryan Rayburn for the Daily Herald

  • Mike Contreras, superintendent of recreation with the Oak Brook Park District, monitors the progress of athletes Sunday during the Tackle the Tri indoor triathlon at the park district's Family Recreation Center.

    Mike Contreras, superintendent of recreation with the Oak Brook Park District, monitors the progress of athletes Sunday during the Tackle the Tri indoor triathlon at the park district's Family Recreation Center. Ryan Rayburn for the Daily Herald

  • Joelle Beranek of Lemont, front, works to defend her title in the Oak Brook Park District's Tackle the Tri indoor triathlon Sunday. The triathlon featured a 2000-meter row, a 2.5-mile stationary bike ride and a 1.25-mile run/walk on a treadmill.

    Joelle Beranek of Lemont, front, works to defend her title in the Oak Brook Park District's Tackle the Tri indoor triathlon Sunday. The triathlon featured a 2000-meter row, a 2.5-mile stationary bike ride and a 1.25-mile run/walk on a treadmill. Ryan Rayburn for the Daily Herald

 
Daily Herald report
Updated 2/7/2021 8:57 PM

Like so much else over the past year, marathons, 5Ks, triathlons and other long- distance events have been knocked off the calendar by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Oak Brook Park District found a way Sunday to let local athletes get their competitive juices flowing again -- and in the dead of winter, no less -- with their Tackle the Tri indoor triathlon.

 

"We ran these before COVID-19, but they became more popular now," said Mike Delgado, the park district's fitness supervisor. "People are just looking for something to do."

The event at the park district's Family Recreation Center saw participants complete a 2,000-meter row, a 2.5-mile stationary bike ride and a 1.25-mile run/walk on a treadmill.

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