Carmel Swim Club’s triathlon ‘perfect’ for beginners

The Carmel Swim Club’s sprint triathlon includes a 10-mile bike ride. (submitted photo)

The Carmel Swim Club’s sprint triathlon includes a 10-mile bike ride. (submitted photo)

A lot of people enjoy running for a hobby. Some enjoy cycling, and others swim. But to combine all three for a triathlon? Some people are nervous at first.

“Most people start off as runners, and usually it’s the swimming portion that most people are nervous about,” said Nicole Bills, aquatics director for the Carmel Swim Club. “We like to think our triathlon is the perfect one for first-timers.”

The Carmel Swim Club will host the 11th annual Carmel Sprint Triathlon at 9 a.m. April 24. Standard triathlons are a 1,500-meter swim, following by cycling 24 miles and then running six miles. This race is a sprint, so adult participants swim 400 meters, then cycle 10 miles and run 3.1 miles. Youth participants have shorter distances for this race.

With about 400 participants on average, Bills said it’s a great race to try out a triathlon, especially since there’s a free orientation on how to compete in a triathlon the day before during packet pickup.

The swimming portion is in the Carmel High School pool, and then the cycling and running portions are outside of the high school into the surrounding residential neighborhoods.

Cost is $55 for adults and $50 for youth until April 11, when there’s a $5 price increase. Participants can register at All proceeds benefit the Carmel Swim Club.

Adult Course and Relays Youth (6-9 years) Youth (10-15 years)
400 meter swim 200 meter swim 300 meter swim
10 mile bike 3 mile bike 3 mile bike
3.1 mile run 1 mile run 1 mile run

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