The Cassville YMCA will host its fifth annual Y Not Tri Triathlon at the Cassville Aquatic Center at 8 a.m. on Saturday, July 9.
"The Y Not Tri is for everyone," said Bob Crouthamel, Cassville YMCA youth and sports director. "I am a tri-athlete and it is such a rewarding accomplishment. Just to say you finished a triathlon is cool.
"The participants can expect a 400-yard swim, which is 16 laps of the pool," said Crouthamel. "The event also includes a 15-mile bike ride and three-mile run on the Cassville Greenway."
The Y Not Tri Triathlon is designed to promote healthy living to people off all ages.
"It's important for athletes to plan and train for this event to avoid injury," said Crouthamel. "The Cassville Aquatic Center offers lap swim hours from noon to 1 p.m. Monday through Thursday for $1. You can ride your bike and run anywhere or come to the Y and use bike machines and treadmills.
"You will need to be in some kind of fitness shape for this event," said Crouthamel. "The Y Not Tri also can breakdown into teams. One person can do the swim, another person can do the bike ride and the last person can do the run. This will make it less strenuous for the athlete."
Crouthamel offers the following advice for individuals planning to participate in the event, "eat healthy, drink lots of water and exercise every day before the event."
"If you do that you will complete this event with ease, and you will feel great about yourself," said Crouthamel. "I've been doing triathlons for a long time, and I can say it's the most difficult and most rewarding thing I do."
Athletes who pre-register for the event can participate for $35 per individual or $65 per team. Entry fees increase by $5 on the day of the event.
Medals will be presented to the top three contenders in each division, which will be based on age. Door prizes will also be awarded after the triathlon.
Registration forms are available at the Cassville YMCA, located on Highway 248 in Cassville. For more information, call 846-1535.