Indoor Triathlons

Brave the event not the elements!

The YWCA's Indoor Triathlons are a great way to stay focused during the cold Minnesota winters. If this is your first triathlon, you will find a supportive, encouraging environment. For more seasoned athletes, these indoor events are a great addition to your training regimen. Complete the event yourself or as part of a two- or three-person relay. View Indoor Triathlon Race Day information.

Course Information and Distances

An indoor course will be created in the Midtown YWCA and adjacent Minneapolis Sports Center:

View Course Map (PDF)

Sprint Course consists of a 600-yard swim, a ten-mile bike and a two-mile run. A mini-sprint course consists of a 400-yard swim, an eight-mile bike and a one-mile run.


The Midtown 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;
400 yards = 8 laps/16 lengths


Keiser spin bikes will be used. You can adjust the bike for a comfortable fit. One side of the pedal is compatible with "spd" bike cleats, if you prefer. You will adjust the intensity level (red gear lever) and cadence. A volunteer will check your time when you start and finish, and distance will be recorded using "Keiser miles." This distance is consistent for everyone, but tends to be about 30% faster than on an upright, Lifefitness exercise bike.


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

Event Notes

  • Youth ages 14 and older can participate.
  • If running isn't your thing, we also welcome walkers to take part in the tri by walking their run segment.
  • Packet pickup is the day of the event; please plan to arrive 30-45 minutes before heat start time.

Fan Information and Hospitality Room

Family and friends can watch you in every part of the race -- from the pool deck, bike room and on the track during the run. Signs and cheering are encouraged. We will even have poster-making materials in the Hospitality area. During and after the event, everyone is invited to the Hospitality area for light snacks, and demos of AIS stretching, massage and more!

For more information email Nicole Cueno or call 612-215-4345.

Indoor Triathlons

Registration is open for all remaining YWCA Indoor Triathlons:

Indoor Triathlon 1
November 24, 2013
View Results

Indoor Triathlon 2
January 26, 2014
View Results

Indoor Triathlon 3
March 16, 2014
View Results

Indoor Triathlon 4
April 27, 2014

Heats start between 7:30 am and 11:00 am

Mini-Sprint: 400-yard swim/8-mile bike/1-mile run
Sprint: 500-yard swim/10-mile bike/2-mile run
Mega-sprint: 600-yard swim/12-mile bike/5K (3.1-mile run)
Relay: mega-sprint distance, one person each leg

$48 members
$60 nonmembers
$75 relays

Last Year's Results:
Fall 2012 Indoor Triathlon
Winter 2013 Indoor Triathlon
Spring 2013 Indoor Triathlon


Our Indoor Triathlons are fun, popular fitness events each winter, and their success is in large part due to our great volunteers! Want to get a close-up view of the event and help ensure a smooth and rewarding race for the triathletes? Sign up to become a volunteer – it’s fun and doesn't require much of a time commitment! Learn more.

Youth Splash + Dash

The Splash + Dash brings the growing sport of triathlon to youth ages 7-15, and takes place in conjunction with the Indoor Triathlon. Swimmers must be capable of swimming 25 yards non-stop. Learn more by calling 612-215-4342.