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ISSUE 119 VOL 20 PUBLISHED 5/12/2006

Triathalon nears

By Kathryn Sederberg
Contributing Writer

Friday, May 12, 2006

On Sunday May 21 a number of students will gather in front of the glass doors leading into the Skoglund Athletic Center’s pool area at 7 a.m. This “transition area” will fill with bikes and athletes as preparations for the annual St. Olaf Triathlon draw to an end.

The triathlon is considered a “sprint triathlon,” consisting of three shorter distances of swimming, biking and running. The event consists of a 500-yard swim in the Skoglund pool followed by a 13-mile bike on Old Dutch Road and a five-kilometer run through St. Olaf’s natural lands. Last year, 23 women, 20 men and 13 teams competed, each team member doing one leg of the race.

Casey Baustian ’08 had the winning time in the women’s division last year. She is currently abroad and won’t be able to compete, however.

In the men’s division, staff member Eric Bergh of the Counseling Center took second place with a time of 72:40.

Bergh’s resume in triathlon competition is impressive. He has competed in an Ironman race in Hawaii three times and likes the St. Olaf Triathlon because it is fun and free. Bergh was one of the few staff members to participate last year.

“I wish there were more staff out there,” Bergh said.

The Triathlon gives athletes a chance to vary their workouts and to challenge themselves to a new kind of competition.

“It’s fun to see the really good swimmers and runners,” Bergh said. “There are always groups of swim team members or track athletes that participate. Everyone seems to have their favorite leg.

Registration for this year’s triathlon remains open until May 19. All St. Olaf students, staff and faculty are invited to register online at

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