Calling all beginners

Want to tackle a triathlon?

The YMCA of Austin is offering co-ed and women's-only triathlon training programs for people who want to race in their first multisport event.

The 10-week women-only program will prepare participants for the Danskin Triathlon in June. Women can continue training beyond Danskin, with late-season programming.

The co-ed Triathlon Club will include group bicycle rides, group runs and open-water swims.

Classes will run April 10 to June 3 at the Northwest Family YMCA, 5807 McNeil Drive, and all ages and fitness levels are welcome. Noon and evening programs are available. Classes are open to YMCA of Austin members and nonmembers.

Coaches are certified by USA Triathlon. Classes will coincide with several local races, so participants peak at the right time.

To register, go www.austinymca.org or drop by the Northwest Y. For more information, contact Ron Perry, Northwest YMCA health and wellness director, at 335-9622 or rperry@austinymca.org.

— Pam LeBlanc

Featured Events

Spokes n Spurs, 8:30 a.m. March 31, www.spiritreins.org. Choose a cycling route between 6 and 62 miles on a ride that benefits Spirit Reins!, a nonprofit that uses horses to improve the emotional and behavioral health of children. Really motivated? Stick around for the optional 5K or 10K run that follows the ride.

Jailbreak, 9 a.m. March 31, www.runthejailbreak.com. Conquer mud slides, hay mountains, water crossings and more while dodging water cannons and staying a step ahead of the sheriff during this adventure run at Walter E. Long Park, 9809 FM 969. Benefits the RunTex Foundation.

Texas Independence Relay, 6 a.m. March 31-April 1, www.texasindependencerelay.com. Teams of seven to 11 run 203 miles from Bastrop to the San Jacinto Monument. Benefits the Friends of The Lost Pines State Parks and Austin Track Club.

Zooma Half Marathon, 7:30 a.m. March 31, www.zoomarun.com. A hilly women's half marathon and 5K race starting at the Hyatt Lost Pines Resort & Spa, 575 Hyatt Lost Pines Road in Bastrop.

— Pam LeBlanc