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Indoor Triathlons

Thank you, 2020 participants! We are continuing to evaluate options as it relates to the 2021 indoor triathlon series. Check back for updates.

Brave the Event, Not the Elements!

Indoor Triathlons at YWCA Minneapolis are an excellent opportunity to stay focused during the cold Minnesota winters, engage with your community and make progress towards your personal fitness goals. Adults and youth (of all genders) age 14 and up are welcome to join, even those without past triathlon or racing experience.

If this is your first triathlon, you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the positive and supportive atmosphere. Similar to YWCA Women’s Triathlon, our indoor events can help novices gain competence and confidence — while acting as a great addition to the training regimen of seasoned athletes. In either case, expect to enjoy a day of excitement, encouragement and connection with your fellow racers.

Event Details

Time: Heats start at 7:00 am

All Long Course participants will be scheduled in the first heats, followed by the Mini Course and Sprint Course.

Location: YWCA Midtown, 2121 East Lake Street, Minneapolis, MN 55407

Cost: $51/members, $62/nonmembers, $90/relay teams

NEW in 2020 – We will be utilizing timing chips! During check-in, you will be assigned a timing chip to wear around your wrist. Swipe your chip across a reader at these three times during the event to capture your time:

  • Before your bike
  • After your bike
  • When you finish the run

Please turn chips in after you race, or you may be subject to a replacement fee.

2020 Collectible Medals

ywca indoor triathlon race medals 5 collectible medals


Course Information & Distances

  • Mini Course consists of a 400-yard swim, four-mile bike course and a one-mile run.
  • Sprint Course consists of a 500-yard swim, five-mile bike course and a two-mile run.
  • Long Course consists of a 600-yard swim, six-mile bike course and a 5K (3.1-mile) run. (Relays use the Long Course)

YWCA Midtown’s pool is a six-lane, 25-yard pool. Two triathletes will share a lane. Each lane will have a lap recorder/timer. Average water temperature is 80-82 degrees Fahrenheit.

  • 600 yards = 12 laps/24 lengths
  • 500 yards = 10 laps/20 lengths
  • 400 yards = 8 laps/16 lengths

You can adjust the bike for a comfortable fit. One side of the pedal is a standard platform with toe cages. The other side of the pedal is compatible with SPD-style bike cleat.

Run or walk on the track in the Minneapolis Sports Center — a regulation 200-meter indoor track.

  • 1 mile = 8 laps
  • 2 miles = 16 laps
  • 3.1 miles = 25 laps

Event Notes

  • All genders are welcome to race!
  • You have the option to compete alone or as part of a two- or three-person relay (using the long distance course)
  • Youth ages 14 and older can participate. Think your younger child is ready? Contact Sookie Landsteiner at or 612-215-4343 to talk through swimming ability and comfort in adult racing situations.
  • If running isn’t your thing, we welcome you to walk the “run” portion of the race.
  • Packet pickup is the day of the event; please plan to arrive 30-45 minutes before heat start time.
  • We have a “No Refund Policy” for any reason, but you can defer your race to another date for a $10 fee – this must be done no later than the Wednesday before race day. Login to your imATHLETE account and click on “Manage Registrations” at the top of the page.
  • If you have any heat requests, we will do our best to accommodate but it is not guaranteed. No request will be accepted after heat assignments have been made – heats will be set the Monday before the race date, this includes anyone registering the week before the race.
  • Long Course participants will be scheduled in the first heats of the day, Mini and Sprint Courses will follow.

Spectator Information
Family and friends can watch you in each part of the race. Signs and cheering are encouraged.

2020 Indoor Triathlon Race Results

For more information on the Indoor Triathlons or YWCA fitness opportunities in general, please contact Sookie Landsteiner at or 612-215-4343. We can connect you with any resources or training you need to prepare for the big event — including YWCA swimming lessons, general fitness courses and more.