BATESVILLE — Those who have always wanted to complete a triathlon or experience a greater variety in their exercise routines will get the chance through the Batesville Parks and Recreation Department as it hosts its first Iron distance wellness challenge.

While a normal long-distance triathlon is a one-day event, the Iron Distance Wellness Challenge takes place over the course of a month and provides participants with the experience of a competing in a triathlon, in small manageable stages, from anywhere they please,” city officials said.

“This challenge is designed to keep you focused on daily exercise, encourage diversity in your exercise routine and provide accountability.”

During the four-week challenge, participants will plan their workouts to equal the distance of an Ironman Triathlon: a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bike and a 26.2-mile run.

This will take place throughout the month of November, and participants can sign up as an individual or as a relay team with two or three people.

All participants will receive a T-shirt for registration and a medal upon completion of the program.

To complete the Iron Distance Wellness Challenge in a month, it’s suggested to work out four days a week. A workout plan can be found at

Registration ends Oct. 30 and can be done online at or at the Batesville Community Center, 1420 20th St.