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Billed as the only mindful triathlon in Dallas, this is an experience unlike any other. If you are up for a 5k run/walk or just want to dance to some soulful music and practice your yoga poses this weekend, then you don’t want to miss Wanderlust at Reunion Park in downtown Dallas.

Wanderlust 108 was first launched in New York’s Prospect Park and Atlanta’s Piedmont Park in 2014 and since that time the idea has spread to more than 30 cities worldwide including Dallas in the last few years.

“Wanderlust 108 brings the mindful triathlon experience to over 10,000 participants,” said Kim Small, Director of Publicity for Wanderlust. “We have had a great reception in Dallas and we look forward to bringing new surprises for 2018.”

Thousands of yogis, fitness enthusiasts and community-minded residents have joined the Wanderlust triathlon since its inception in the metroplex and Small said people from all over the surrounding cities have also traveled to Big D to find a way to experience the mindful adventure.

In fact, this year founders Sean Hoess, Jeff Krasno and Schuyler Grant are expecting 2000 yogis to join the Dallas Wanderlust 108 experience.

“As they say, everything is bigger in Texas, and Dallas has so many big-hearted people,” Small said. “Many of our events take place in iconic spots around the United States and Reunion Tower is one of the most recognizable landmarks in Dallas. Wanderlust connects seekers with experts in beautiful locations all over the world, and we couldn’t think of a better place in Dallas to bring our mindful triathlon.” 

The Dallas Wanderlust experience will also include a marketplace featuring local craft artists selling clothing, jewelry and handcrafted items. Local and organic food vendors will be on site and attendees won’t want to miss the samplings and tastings from some of the Wanderlust food partners like Rainier Fruit and Flow Water during the day.

Also, check out the retail store experience created by Adidas and Wanderlust housed in a 60-foot geodesic dome. Items from the Adidas and Wanderlust co-branded collection will be sold on site at this weekend’s event.

Created by the three friends with a long and deep relationship, Hoess and the husband-and-wife duo of Krasno and Grant met in the 80s and developed the overall core idea for the mindfulness experience that has now become Wanderlust.

“The core purpose is to help you find your true north, and be your best self,” Small explained. “The founders wanted to create events that are fun, but also based on underlying ideals, where attendees are actually participants, and where people left feeling better than when they came.” 

This year, participants in North America are able to choose from an array of ticket options to create their perfect Wanderlust 108 experience, ranging in price from $30 to $150.

Wanderlust’s unique triathlon consists of not only the five-kilometer run/walk, but the music-fueled, outdoor yoga class will be led by Chelsey Korus this year in Dallas and the guided meditation will be led by Noah Levine. Mindful triathletes will also have the chance to groove to the sounds of DJ Sol Rising during the day and experience bonus fitness classes.

“In 2018, Wanderlust will donate $1.08 from every ticket sold to The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, which could provide over three days of life-saving HIV medication,” Small concluded. 

Wanderlust’s events encompass the Wanderlust Festival, the largest multi-day yoga and music festivals in the world and Wanderlust 108, the one-day “mindful triathlon” that normally take place in the participating cities’ urban parks allowing participants an outdoor, clean experience to fuel the mind and soul.