Triathlon support groups help you try one, or get better at it

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In today’s Charlotte Observer and The News & Observer, I write about a Charlotte group (about to expand into the Triangle) called TriItForLife. The nonprofit’s goal is to take not particularly active women and make triathletes out of them. In six years, it’s produced more than 700 triathletes. But it is limited to women and until next year, only those in the Charlotte area. So what are the rest of us supposed to do?

Below is a list of clubs and organizations in Charlotte and the Triangle that also offer support to aspiring triathletes. You’ll find the basic info here; click on the links for details.

And if you don’t subscribe to either of the Observers, worry not. The story will appear on this blog tomorrow, in its entirety with links.


Raleigh Triathon Training Group
Members: 408
Objective: “We are women and men who live in and around Raleigh who enjoy meeting others for triathlon training and events. All levels are welcome! Some in our group are training for their their first triathlon and some have completed Ironman events & marathons. As the group grows, we can represent more levels and have sub-groups to focus on specific training levels. Join today and meet other triathletes!”
More info here

Frankln County Triathlon Training Team
Members: 24
Objective: “Healthier living through muliti-sport activities. Train for the Lake Royale Triathlon 10/06/2012. Swim, Bike, and Run Youngsville, Franklinton, Louisburg, Bunn, and Lake Royale.”
More info here

Raleigh Area Run, Bike and Swim
Members: 42
Objective: We are an existing group of athletes who have gathered on and wish to share workouts and events with the broader community of triangle athletes.
More info here

Isis Athletics RDU
Members: 286
Objective: “Isis Athletics is a women’s beginner to advanced cycling ( biking ), running, triathlon, informational clinic, racing, marathon, swimming, open water swimming, group fitness, health and wellness, social activities, and fitness oriented meetup in the Greater Cary/Apex/RTP/Raleigh areas.  We enable women to find training partners and participate in daily outdoor fitness activities (road and hybrid rides, track, trail and road runs, etc)!”
More info here

One Step Beyond
Coaching service
Objective: “One Step Beyond is a multisport & triathlon coaching company based in Raleigh / Cary, North Carolina. We provide online coaching and personal training services to all levels of age-group athletes – from first year triathletes competing in their local sprint series, to the long-distance veteran looking to maximize his or her training time. Led by Marty and Brianne Gaal, we have been competing since the 1980s and have been coaching professionally since 2002.
More info here

Charlotte area

Triathlon Training / YMCA of Greater Charlotte
Objective: “Coaches include a USAT level II certified coach and race director, more than 9 years coaching experience and 22 years of racing experience. You will get a periodized training schedule that will prepare you for race day and give you a training plan for the days we do not meet. Not only will we offer underwater swim analysis, but also clinics for bike maintenance as well as bike fitting, shoe fitting, gait analysis, strength and core training, injury prevention and nutrition.”
Cost: $195 ($135 for Y members) for sprint triathlon training, session runs June 18-Aug. 25, target race is the Lake Norman Triathlon; $475 ($365 for Y members) for half ironman training, June 11-Sept. 23, target race Augusta 70.3.
More info here

Lake Norman Triathlon Club
Objective: “Our mission is to unite athletes of all levels to foster the healthy lifestyle of triathlon with better training, good times, and great friendships. Based in the Lake Norman area of North Charlotte our club members meet during the week and on weekends for group training rides, running, and open water swims. We frequently meet up in Huntersville, Davidson, and Cornelius. We have a diverse group of people in the club from 1st time triathletes to experienced Ironman triathletes. Guests are always welcome to join our group workouts.”
Annual fee: $55
More info here

Tri Belmont
Objective: “Tri Belmont is a triathlon and running club in the Belmont, NC – Mt Holly, NC- and surrounding Gaston county areas. The club focuses on fitness and the development of local runners and triathletes by group runs, group rides, open water swims, and team /club meetings.  All levels welcome! Come join us, and see you at the finish line.”
More info here

Objective: “Our Mission is to foster camaraderie among local triathletes of all levels of interest, ability and experience, and build interest in the sport of triathlon. We will strive to offer the most comprehensive online resource for local athletes to communicate, encourage and motivate each other through our discussion board, blog and workout log features.”
Annual fee: $20
More info here

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