Area residents turn out in record-breaking numbers for indoor triathlon

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The end of February isn't usually an opportune time for a triathlon, which is why athletes at the Jewish Community Center took theirs indoors.

Dozens of people competed in waves Sunday morning starting with a 500 yard swim, then moving to eight miles on a stationary bike, and ending with a two mile run on the indoor track.

It’s the 19th year for the indoor triathlon at the community center. Elite athletes compete, but it’s also a perfect way for beginners to get their feet wet.

"The indoor is great because you have the pool with security there.  The outdoor triathlon is a little scary in the open water.  Not only do you not see anything but you get more pressure.  Here you get a lane to yourself with no pressure of anyone kicking you or anything like that," said Barry Baumfalk, of the Jewish Community Center.

There were a record number of athletes registered for Sunday’s indoor triathlon.

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