Special Olympics Wisconsin held its third annual indoor triathlon Sunday.
More than 40 athletes and 10 unified teams competed at the YMCA on the east side of Madison, Wisc. Luckily the event was indoors on such a cold day. The athletes ran on treadmills, used stationary bikes and got in the pool during the games.
Organizers say while the competition is important, the event also teaches the athletes in other ways.
“It means so much more for them. They are able to come out and showcase their skills in front of so many people,” says Kate Bergamann, with Special Olympics Wisconsin. “So, it starts to break down the barriers that a lot of communities have about Special Olympics.”
Competitors could choose either a sprint or an Olympic course. The sprint was a 25-yard swim, 0.5-mile bike ride and 0.25-mile run. The Olympic course was a 100-yard swim, two-mile ride and one-mile run.
Watch the video at Wkow.com.