To join Team BEAST, you need only fill out an application! Simply download the form from the link on this page or pick one up at the Burlington Community YMCA/YWCA (2410 Mt. Pleasant St., Burlington, IA 52601). The cost is $50 per year for adults due yearly on April 1st. Youth members can join for free with a paid adult membership or join individually for $30 per year. Please mail your payment and application to P.O. Box 321, Burlington, IA 52601 or drop it off at the front desk at the YMCA. It is not necessary to become a member of the YMCA, however, many BEAST members do join the YMCA to use their pool, their bikes for spinning classes, treadmills for running, and the cardio/weight room. If you would choose to join the YMCA once becoming a Beast member, the $50 activation fee would be waived as one of your many Beast benefits.
Club members receive a free Team BEAST t-shirt and a $15 gift certificate to Running Wild in West Burlington, Iowa and Quincy, Illinois. In addition, there are many other discounts or special services from our local sponsors that are only available for BEAST members. Periodically Team BEAST orders shirts, bike and triathlon jerseys and shorts made for purchase. There are a variety of items to choose from and they all look great!
For many, the greatest benefit is the training opportunities available. You can receive as much training advice as you like, including in-depth guidance on how to do your first triathlon, or how to improve your triathlon skills. We have expert team members that will teach you how to swim, how to run, and how to bike, something you could go pay hundreds of dollars for at a camp. They will lead you through a triathlon plan to help you succeed, no matter what your starting level is. You can get advice on what kind of clothing, bike, shoes, or accessories to buy.
Clinics are run regularly on all aspects of the sport. On the other hand, if you're a fairly seasoned athlete who needs little guidance and you just want people to train and go to races with, you'll find them here. Just want to bike and find some friends to do RAGBRAI with? You'll find them here as well! There is something for everyone who enjoys biking, running, or swimming.
While the support and training provide a fantastic benefit, the instant friendships you gain by joining a group of fun and welcoming fellow athletes is most important of all. We're all about fun and socializing, including various dinners, picnics, and social events. We often go as a group to races, encouraging each other and having a great time. On New Year's Day, some riders will join Bike Burlington for a bike ride, followed by pizza. We also ride with them on their Wednesday Night Dinner Rides. That's just a sampling of what we offer! There is much, much more!
We provide a member only and group Facebook site, to help keep members connected and information on current and upcoming events.