By Portia Williams
Southern Ohio Medical Center (SOMC) will host the 4th annual ‘SOMC TRI for Your LIFE,’ as the organization seeks to build on wellness initiatives and grow the multi-sport community within the greater Southern Ohio region. The SOMC Sprint Triathlon will take place on Aug. 22–23 in Portsmouth, Ohio. The event will begin on Saturday and will feature a youth triathlon held on the campus of Shawnee State University.
According to Brad Zieber, manager of Atheletic Training at the SOMC Life Center, the two-day TRI for Your LIFE events are a great way to involve not only the individuals, but whole families into a great time of health and fitness.
The event will kick-off with a ‘Little Bear Run’ for those children who just want to show off their skills. The youth triathlon will begin in the pool and progress to the bike course alongside the murals of the floodwall that depict the history of the community. The youth run will cap off the event and will occur through the campus green.
On Sunday, the Adult TRI for Your LIFE will begin with a brief swim in the SOMC LIFE Center pool and then progress to a 10 mile bike course that features a closed land and the very flat and fast Route 23, and challenging short loop through the beautiful Feurt Hill neighborhood. The run is set to feature a rolling 5k course through the streets of historic Portsmouth.
Event schedule for the SOMC TRI for Your LIFE events include the following:
Shawnee State University
Saturday, Aug. 22 — Kids Triathlon:
Age on Dec. 31 of this year,(Age 10 & under) 100y Swim — 5k Bike — ½mi Run, (Ages 11–15) 200y Swim — 10k Bike — 1mi Run, Saturday, Aug. 22 — HFP Course Talk and Preview: (2 p.m.) for all Sunday courses and races
SOMC LIFE Center
Sunday, Aug. 23 — SOMC Tri for your LIFE:
200y Swim — 10mi Bike — 5k Run Start TimesSaturday, Aug. 22 9 a.m. — Kids Triathlon (Ages 11–15) 9:45 a.m. — Kids Triathlon (Age 10 & under) Sunday, Aug. 23 8 a.m. — SOMC Tri for your LIFE Race Packet Pick-Up
Shawnee State, Saturday, Aug. 22 from 7 a.m.–8:45 a.m. (kids only)
SOMC Life Center
Saturday, Aug. 22 from 1 p.m.–3 p.m.
Sunday, Aug. 23 from 6 a.m. –7:30 a.m.
There is no race day registration — packet pickup only
USA Triathlon Rule 3.2a. All age group athletes must participate and compete in the age group division corresponding to the athlete’s age on Dec. 31 of the year of the event.
Kids Age Groups — 7 & under, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15
Age Group — 14 & under, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75+
Elite Open* — Amateur 15-39 years old, has chance to finish in top 10 overall
Elite Master* — Amateur 40-49 years old, has chance to finish in top 10 overall
Elite Grand Master* — Amateur 50+ years old, has chance to finish in top 10 overall
Clydesdale — Males racing weight groups in two age groups:
under 40 & 220+lbs
over 40 & 220+lbs
Athena — Females racing weights group, not age group — 150lbs+
Aquabike — racing only the swim and bike portions only (no running)
*The elite divisions are only for the sprint triathlon participants. Those competing in these divisions are not eligible for age group awards.
For those who prefer to race one element of the triathlon we offer a relay division. Relay teams consist of three (3) members (1 swimmer, 1 biker, 1 runner); each member will complete one segment of the race. Each team member will exchange their timing chip bracelet at their assigned bike rack. There are no age groups in this division.
All finishers will receive a finisher medal and the top three in each division will receive custom awards (including relay teams).
Reach Portia Williams at 740-353-3101, ext. 1929, or on Twitter @PortiaWillPDT.