The studenimgrests of the Masters in Sports Administration and Leadership Program at Seattle University are hosting an indoor “try-athlon” consisting of a timed pool swim, timed spin bike, and timed treadmill run on Memorial Day at the SU campus Recreation Center.

Designed to be less strenuous than traditional triathlons, Trying 4 Troops focuses on participants “trying” a triathlon instead of completing each interval in an intense, competitive environment.

Trying 4 Troops falls into its own category because it is not based on distance, and will be housed completely indoors. Participants are encouraged to try their best during the timed intervals providing a great opportunity to try something new, and stay active during the Memorial Day weekend. Most triathlons are centered around competition and completing the distance in the shortest amount of time. Distances vary depending on the desired intensity:

  • Trying 4 Troops – [ 10 minute swim, 10 minute bike, 10 minute run ]
  • Sprint Distance – [ 750 m (0.47 mi) swim, 20 km(12 mi) bike, 5 km (3.1 mi) run ]
  • Olympic distance – [ 1.5 km (0.93 mi) swim, 40 km (25 mi) bike, 10 km (6.2 mi) run ]
  • Half-Ironman – [ 1.9 km (1.2 mi) swim, 90 km (56 mi) bike, 21.1 km (13.1 mi) run ]
  • Ironman – [ 3.8 k. (2.4 mi) swim, 180.2 km (112.0 miles) bike, 42.2 km (26.2 miles) run ]

Proceeds will help to support Seattle Stand Down. Seattle Stand Down serves military veterans and their families in the transition from military to civilian life, with the primary focus on veterans and their families that are homeless or at-risk of becoming homeless.

As their vision states: “Peace, Hope, and Dignity for all who have served. A community where every veteran counts and never stands alone in their time of need.”

To learn more about them and their services, please go to and to register for the Trying for Troops “Try-athlon” check out