August 23rd, 2007

Team BEAST (Burlington Endurance Athlete Sports Team), an area triathlon/endurance sports training club, will host an open house for those interested in learning more about the club. It is scheduled from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 11, at the Burlington Area Community YMCA-YWCA, 2410 Mt. Pleasant Rd. Burlington.

Team BEAST includes all levels of experience, from beginner to seasoned athlete, and welcomes anyone interested in triathlons, cycling, running, mountain biking and other multi-sport endurance activities. Team training is provided by USA Triathlon-certified coaches.

Besides training and racing together, Team BEAST schedules monthly instructional clinics and social events for members. The club has more than 60 members ranging in age from 11 to 76, and is sponsored by the Burlington Area Community YMCA-YWCA and Great River Medical Center.

Triathlon is an endurance race combining three consecutive events. The events and Olympic distances are swimming (0.9 miles), biking (24.8 miles) and running (6.2 miles). Triathlon made its Olympic debut at the 2000 Summer Games in Sydney, Australia. Besides the Olympic version of the sport, there are many other distances for triathlons, from Sprint (distances can vary but usually range from 300-yard to half-mile swim, 5- to 15-mile bike, 1.5- to 5-mile run) to Ironman (2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike, 26.2-mile run). Team BEAST hosts the Lake Geode Challenge, an Olympic-distance triathlon, in July at Geode State Park, near Danville, Iowa.

During the open house, attendees will receive information about club membership and activities, and summaries of the three events that make up a triathlon. They also will have the opportunity to meet club members and coaches, and ask questions about membership and training. Team BEAST applications will be available at the open house.

For more information about Team BEAST, please visit