Triathlon club preps for summer season |

Triathlon club preps for summer season

Though there are triathlons held year-round in the United States, summer is the busiest time of year for triathletes.

The Park City Triathlon Club, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that provides "training, education and socialization opportunities for local and visiting triathletes," according to its website, is preparing for an action-packed summer full of local races and training.

The first event on the Triathlon Club’s calendar is volunteering at the Tiny Triathlon at the PC MARC on Saturday.

"There’s going to be a preview day for the Tiny Tri at the PC MARC on Wednesday," Park City Triathlon Club Board Member Holly Erickson said. "The actual event will be Saturday morning. We’re going to have a gold course and a silver course for the kids. It’s for kids ages 7-16 and we’re going to have volunteers helping out with that."

Several members of the club will be competing at the Rock Cliff Triathlon on Saturday as well. With the Rock Cliff, Echo and Jordanelle triathlons all taking place in Summit County this summer, Erickson said the club encourages its members to race locally.

"There are so many exciting events going on locally," she said. "There’s a big push to race locally because there are a lot of races and it’s good to support our local races."

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Erickson added that triathletes don’t just compete in triathlons — there are plenty of ways to supplement training plans in the Park City area.

"Pretty much everybody in the club, even though we compete at different distances throughout the year as part of our training, are doing at least one half Iron distance at 70.3 miles or a full Iron distance of 140.6 miles," she said. "A lot of people are gearing up for that. We encourage people to supplement their race calendars around their half-Ironman and Ironman distances with local races."

Erickson said having a group of fellow triathletes to train and compete with helps make training for a high-endurance race like an Ironman much easier and more enjoyable.

"It’s a big jump going from the spring and Olympic distances to the half and full Ironman distances," she said. "It really comes down to proper training, nutrition and educating yourself."

Club members enjoy several different benefits, including training at Athletic Republic in Kimball Junction.

"A lot of our athletes have been training year-round at Athletic Republic, one of our sponsors," Erickson said. "They’ve been really helpful in providing personal training and course-specific training."

The Park City Triathlon Club is also sponsored by Rudy Project/XX2i Optics, ProBar, Lock Laces, Nathan Sports, Blue Seventy, Hincapie and Jans Mountain Outfitters.

Joining the club is easy, Erickson said. Last year, there were nearly 40 members and Erickson expects at least that many this year.

"Either come to one of our events — we post those on Facebook — or message us on Facebook at Park City Triathlon Club," she said. "Or you can send us an email at . We meet about once a month. Our dues are currently $50. Since we’re a new 501(c)(3), you’ll be able to write off $25 on your taxes with that."

Erickson said the club encourages anyone with an interest in competing in triathlons to join, regardless of background.

"We accept anybody — all athletes are welcome," she said. "A lot of people come in as cyclists and runners, or as swimmers. People come from all different athletic backgrounds."

For more information on the Park City Triathlon Club, including training dates and event times, visit .

Local Triathlon Schedule

June 13 — Rock Cliff Triathlon

July 11 — Echo Triathlon

Aug. 8 — Jordanelle Triathlon