Athletes of all ages will be competing to see who can run two miles, then swim 200 yards and run another two miles in the fastest time.
All proceeds will benefit the Jasper Swim Team.
The run-swim-run competition was organized after the team approached Jennifer Smith, Jasper’s director of leisure activities, about hosting a 5K run. “I said, ‘Okay, but we’re the swim team. Let’s add a swim into it,” Smith said.
Teams for the aquathlon can include one, two or three people so individuals can complete only one leg of the competition if they wish. Prizes will be awarded to the top finishers in each age group.
Assistant swim team coach Jerry Muncher said the time to beat is under 30 minutes.
“We did a trial run the other day and it took one guy 27 minutes. But that’s elite company. This is just an event to challenge yourself and do your best,” Muncher said.
He added that the aquathlon isn’t only a fundraiser for the swim team.
“We want it to be a community event so everyone can get involved and have a good time,” Muncher said.
Smith said if the event goes well, it would pave the way for Jasper to host a Try-It-On Triathalon, which includes running, swimming and cycling.
Her hope is that the triathalon would be in honor of the late Kenneth Thornton, who served on the Jasper Recreational Fund Board.
“This is something that he was interested in and we had discussed. So I would love to see an annual event in memory of Kenneth,” Smith said.
Registration fees for the aquathlon are $20 for individuals, $30 for two-person teams and $40 for three-person teams.
Pre-registration is ongoing today at the Natatorium and at 7 a.m on Saturday. The aquathlon will begin at 8 a.m.
For information, call 384-9617.