The Delaware Charity Challenge indoor triathlon is a run, row, bike triathlon that will take place January 7, 2017. Teams can also raise money for their favorite cause through the Race to Raise fundraising competition.
The Delaware Charity Challenge winter indoor triathlon is the most fun event that kicks off the new year.
Over two competitions in January 2016 and January 2017, the Delaware Charity Challenge Winter Games have helped individuals and teams collectively raise nearly $30,000 for different nonprofit organizations they love and support. The Annual Winter Games consist of an indoor triathlon and scooter challenge, along with the Winter Delaware Charity Challenge Race to Raise fundraising competition.
Winter race to raise fundraising competition
Part of the Delaware Charity Challenge is the team fundraising competition, where teams compete to raise money for their selected beneficiary. In 2015, teams competing in the Winter Race to Raise fundraising competition raised more than $15,000 for different charities, with five teams raising more than $1,000 each for their selected nonprofit organizations. The winning team raised more than $5,500 for its designated beneficiary.
How it works: As part of the registration process, teams may select a charity for which they can raise money and awareness through the Delaware Charity Challenge. During the fundraising period (typically 3 months leading up to the competition), teams are encouraged to raise money for their selected charity through their team fundraising page. All proceeds raised by the team go to the selected charity and are processed through a third party nonprofit payment processor and passed to the charity they selected. The three teams that collectively raise the most money during this period will win additional prize money for their charity. As additional prizes are secured, we will post them online.
The 2017 indoor triathlon will be held Saturday, January 7, 2017 at the Chase Center in Wilmington, Delaware. There will be three events as part of the triathlon: run (on treadmill), row (on an erg/rowing machine), and bike (on a spin bike). In 2017, each of the run, row, and bike races will be 15 minutes (5 minute transition time), and scoring will be based on the combined distance covered by the team depending on the race category they competed in.
The triathlon itself will be divided into three competitive categories for both teams and individuals wishing to participate: Team Medley Triathlon, Team Run, Row, Bike Triathlon, and Individual Run, Row, Bike Triathlon. There is no limit on team size, but a minimum of three are needed to score for either the Medley Triathlon or Team Run, Row, Bike Triathlon competitions.
As part of registration, teams signed up for a preferred time slot to compete, and we will do our best to accommodate everyone's first choice preferences.
The Medley Triathlon is a team triathlon event. To score, squads competing in this category needed to have at least three members. Each teammate will be required to complete one event (run, row, or bike) in a 15 minute race on each machine. Teams in the Medley Triathlon could compete in one of four divisions: women's, men's, co-ed 1 (2 males, 1 female), and co-ed 2 (2 females, 1 male). Scoring for the Medley Triathlon was based on the combined distance covered by each teammate in their respective event. Individuals are not eligible to compete in the Medley Triathlon and squads with less than three competitors received an incomplete for their team score.
team Run, Row, Bike Triathlon
The Team Run, Row, Bike Triathlon is a team triathlon event. Squads competing in this category needed three members, and teams could enter multiple squads in different competitions. Each teammate will be required to complete each event (run, row, and bike), in a 15 minute race on each machine, with a 5 minute transition between machines. Teams in the Run, Row, Bike Triathlon will compete in one of four divisions: women's, men's, co-ed 1 (2 males, 1 female), and co-ed 2 (2 females, 1 male). Scoring is based on the combined distance covered by each teammate on the three machines. Individual performances in the Team Run, Row, Bike Triathlon will be included in the determination of the overall fastest male or female triathlete winners.
Individual Run, Row, Bike Triathlon
Individuals may compete in the Run, Row, Bike Triathlon without a team (although participating as a team is strongly encouraged). Individuals will complete each event (run, row, and bike), in a 15 minute race on each machine, with a 5 minute transition between machines. Scoring is based on the combined distance covered on the three machines. There will be two divisions: women's and men's. The determination of overall female and male run, row, bike triathlete will be the persons who cover the farthest combined distance on the three machines in the 45 minutes allotted.
Each of the teams in the triathlon are eligible to have one representative compete in a separate scooter race. The scooter race was a 50 yard dash on a 2-wheeled scooter. In the 2016 event, there were two heats based on the number of teams present at the event, with 1 scooter racer from each heat advancing to the finals. In the future, as the race gets bigger, teams will be divided into various heats depending on teams and organizations in the competition (e.g., a nonprofit division, a family division, bank division, law firm division, etc.), with the winner of each heat advancing to a semi-final or final race. Within each heat, one person will get a short 1-2 yard advantage, with the advantage in the heat (and the semi-final or final) going to to the individual whose team raised the most money during the Winter Race to Raise fundraising competition.
Pursuit of Health and Wellness Expo
For spectators (and participants), there will also be the Pursuit of Health and Wellness Expo and health fair to check out during the indoor triathlon. More information about that event can be found on its website.
The next Delaware Charity Challenge Winter Indoor Triathlon will be held January 7, 2017.