Triathlon to Benefit Juvenile Diabetes

Posted on May 2nd, 2008 by

A triathlon will be held at Gustavus Adolphus College on Sunday, May 11 to benefit juvenile diabetes through project IronKiDz in association with Triabetes and Insulindependence.

The triathlon will consist of a 500-yard swim in the Natatorium of the Lund Center for Physical Education and Health, a 12.5 mile bike ride through St. Peter and the surrounding countryside, and a 3.3 mile run through the Gustavus campus and residential areas of St. Peter.

Interested participants should register in advance and can do so by going online to Registration fees for Gustavus students are $10 for an individual or $21 for a relay team of three. Fees for non-students are $20 for individuals and $42 for a relay team of three. The deadline to register is Monday, May 5.

Participants should note that a certified hard-shell bicycle helmet is required for the bike portion of the race. For more information about the Gustavus triathlon, contact student Adam Eckhardt at

The triathlon is being organized by the Epsilon Pi Alpha fraternity at Gustavus, which has a history of supporting diabetes-related causes. In 2007 the fraternity raised $6,500 to support Insulindependence programs. The fraternity will look to surpass that amount this year during its Diabetes Awareness Project, which will feature several events beginning Monday, April 21 and concluding with the triathlon on May 11.

Insulindependence was founded by Gustavus alumnus Peter Nerothin. A nonprofit public benefit corporation based in San Diego, Calif., Insulindependence aims to change diabetic lives through adventure travel, educational outreach, and web-based community support. The organization operates through a global network of outdoor enthusiasts working together in an effort to promote healthy, proactive lifestyles to diabetics lacking financial resources, positive role models, and adequate guidance in professional healthcare.

For more information about Insulindependence go online to


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