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Mindful triathlon travels to Raleigh

When the Wanderlust triathlon kicks off at Dix Park April 21, there won’t be numbers written on arms or giant clocks ticking. “We’re a little more woo-woo than that,” says the event’s vice president Heather Story. “You set an intention for your run. … It’s mindful running, as opposed to competitive.”

The mindful 5K, which participants can run, walk, or jog, is round one, followed by a yoga class and a guided meditation. No biking or swimming here. Instead of rankings and awards, there are bonus activities such as aerial yoga, Thai massage, and bodywork. Post-race, you can refuel with a “Wanderbowl” of rice, beans, and avocado, while DJ Sol Rising spins mantra-infused beats. There’s also the Kula Market, a 60-foot geodesic dome full of wares like essential oils, organic food supplements, yoga accessories, and local crafts.

Wanderlust is a national traveling act and this is its first time in Raleigh. Story says her team works with local wellness studios and yoga teachers to make the event happen, so the morning has a community feel. “The response has been amazing. The Wanderlust intent clearly resonates in the Triangle.” Lace up your sneaks and roll up your mat: You might make an accomplished triathlete yet.  –Jessie Ammons