With participants coming from Arizona, Colorado and New Mexico, the annual Lobo Triathlon, Kids Race and Wellness Fair has become a top-notch regional event. Last year, more than 300 athletes competed in the triathlon.

This year's Lobo Triathlon is also in celebration of the UNM School of Medicine Division of Physical Therapy's 40th Anniversary celebration.

“This is a very popular event,” said Nick Schlereth, president of the University of New Mexico's Sports Administration Student Association. “Each year, the Lobo Triathlon draws more and more people to the Albuquerque area.”

Early-registration is now underway for this year's Lobo Triathlon. Discount prices (through March 19) for individuals are $60 for adult, $25 for junior (ages 13-18) and $15 for kids 12 and under. Team registration costs $110 for a team of three adults, while a junior team, ages 17 and under, costs $50. Faculty and staff may use tuition remission.

Additionally, UNM students also pay half-price through March 19. For more information and to receive your discount code, contact Lori Peterkin, lpeterkin@salud.unm.edu or Byron Piatt, bpiatt@salud.unm.edu

From March 20 through April 8, prices increase to $75 for adults, $30 for juniors, while the price remains $15 for 12 and under. An adult team also increases to $130, while a junior team increases to $60. For a full price breakdown, visit Early-registration. All registered participants will be eligible to win one of 40 doors prizes valued as high as $250 in honor of the 40th Anniversary of the Division of Physical Therapy.

The festivities begin on Saturday, April 9 from 12 to 5 p.m with the Kids Race, Wellness Fair and triathlon packet pickup at Johnson Field.

On Sunday, April 10, the Lobo Triathlon begins at 7:30 a.m. with a sprint start. The transition area on Johnson Field opens at 6 a.m. Participants will run 5 kilometers around the UNM central campus, bike 20 kilometers out and back to Mesa del Sol, and swim 400 meters in Johnson Center’s Olympic pool. Athletes may complete all three legs as individuals or one or more legs as a member of a team.

The Lobo Triathlon is a USA Triathlon sanctioned event, and participants also must register with USA Triathlon’s rules, regulations, and registration information can be found at USA Triathlon, where interested participants can sign up for a one-day pass.

For more information, visit the Sports Administration Student Association (SASA) Facebook page.

Proceeds from the Lobo Triathlon will benefit the Summer Youth Sports Programs sponsored by the UNM College of Education and the Health, Exercise, and Sports Sciences Department. To donate, visit SYSP.