This year’s Sprint Triathlon, hosted by the Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation, will be held virtually to allow contestants to be as safe as possibly with the ongoing pandemic.

“It is important to hold the event virtually because of the current situation with the pandemic. Until things are figured out and our programs are back operating normally, this is a good option,” Toni Kornegay, recreation specialist for DFMWR, said.

She and her team are responsible for all of the fun athletic events held on post, and they have not put on an event since the St. Patrick’s Day Glow Run in early March.

This year’s virtual triathlon will start on Sept. 16 and end on Sept. 30. Kornegay admits that this year’s competition may not be traditional, but it’s important to have the competition despite the pandemic.

“While this event is not competitive in the traditional sense, it is a competition with yourself. This is important for a couple of reasons. One reason is it helps to keep people active. While you can go out and swim, bike or run anytime, something about having it in an event form makes it more appealing,” Kornegay said. “It helps to have a goal to complete something. It’s also a great way to get out with your friends and family and do something different together. I think it would be fun to maybe make it a family/friend competition. It’s also a great way for someone who may have wanted to try a triathlon to try it without the pressure of an in person event. They can get out, complete the event, and maybe see if it’s something they may want to do in person when that time comes.”

Kornegay stated participants can complete each leg of the race however they would like. They can do all of it in one day or spread it across several days, if they choose.

“Participants can use treadmills, stationary type bikes, swimming pools, row machines or they can complete the event outdoors at any location of their choosing,” Kornegay stated. “Participants must provide visual proof (picture of fitness tracker of each event) or a log with the date and time of each event. Participants will receive their T-shirt and medal via mail. T-shirts and medals will be mailed out no later than Oct. 7 to the address provided.”

There is also a chance to win an extra prize that might test your selfie game.

“This event will also have a photo contest. Participants can take fun pictures while completing their event and tag the Fort Hood MWR page to enter,” Kornegay said. “Photo contest winner are selected by random and from photos shared on Fort Hood Family and MWR Facebook and/or Instagram page. Photos must include the hashtag #HOODVIRTUALTRI to qualify for a chance to win an additional prize.”

Photos and or logs must be sent to Toni Kornegay at joyce.a.kornegay.naf@mail.mil. Pre-registration starts today. For more information, rules and to register, visit https://hood.armymwr.com/calendar/event/virtual-sprint-triathlon/4571495/52248.