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SOMC hosting its first triathlon

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WAYNE ALLEN


PDT Staff Writer


Southern Ohio Medical Center is set to host its first triathlon, “Tri For Your Life” on Sunday, Aug. 12. The event will include a 200-meter swim, a 10-mile bike ride, and a 5K run. The idea for the triathlon came from Dr. Marion Hochstetler, who will also be participating.


“With the triathlon, we wanted to open up a new fitness opportunity for the community,” said Jim Kolar, triathlon spokesman. He said thus far 70 people have signed up to take part.


“With the triathlon, participants can either do the entire event or they can form a three-person team and do a relay, with one person doing each event,” Kolar said. “If someone needs help coming up with a team, we are offering relay sign ups at the Portsmouth Life Center. We are doing this so we can pair people together.”


Hochstetler said any triathlon is a challenge, but also very rewarding.


“SOMC’s sprint triathlon is designed to be short enough for beginners, but it’s still challenging enough to test seasoned athletes,” he said.


Kolar said events are scheduled to begin at 7 a.m. on Aug. 12 at the Portsmouth Life Center, on 17th street in Portsmouth. The event will begin with the 200-meter swim followed by a 10-mile bike ride, finishing with the 5K run. The winner of the triathlon will be determined by the fastest overall time, and awards will be given in several categories.


Kolar said there is also a need for many volunteers to help run the event.


“We are going to need about 150 volunteers to help make the event a success. We will need volunteers for various jobs including covering the route, water stops, registration and a variety of other jobs. We will be accepting volunteers will be accepted through Aug. 11,” Kolar said.


To volunteer, call the Portsmouth Life Center at 740-356-7650.


The event is open to the community and not just Life Center members. For more information, call 740-356-7650 or visit www.hfpracing.com.


Wayne Allen may be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 208, or wallen@heartlandpublications.com.

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