SOMC to host ‘Tri For Your LIFE’ sprint triathlon on August 12

Southern Ohio Medical Center has announced a new challenge for local athletes and fitness enthusiasts – the ‘Tri For Your LIFE’ sprint triathlon.

The triathlon is scheduled to begin at 7:00 a.m. on August 12 at the SOMC LIFE Center. Prior to the actual event, prospective participants are invited to take advantage of a 12-week training program, which begins May 29, to prepare them for the challenges ahead.

The triathlon was the idea of SOMC’s Dr. Marion Hochstetler, who will also be participating.

“Any triathlon is always a challenge, but it’s also very rewarding,” Dr. Hochstetler said. “SOMC’s sprint triathlon is designed to be short enough for beginners, but it’s still challenging enough to test seasoned athletes.”

‘Tri For Your LIFE’ is a new program for SOMC and includes a 200m swim, a 20K bike ride and a 5K run. In addition to individual competitions, there is also a relay offered for three person teams.

In previous years, SOMC’s ‘Run For Your LIFE,’ which also seeks to improve health and wellness in southern Ohio, has received excellent community support. Approximately 250 individuals show up each year for thatevent.

“I’m personally very excited for this event, and I’m looking forward to seeing the community participate as well,” Dr. Hochstetler said. “It’s a great way for people to get together and have a good time. It’s also a great way to begin making a serious commitment to improving your health andquality of life.”

For additional information on the sprint triathlon or available training, contact the SOMC LIFE Center at 740-356-7650. Participants can also register online at www.hfpracing.com. SOMC is offering a special $45 discounted rate for individuals who registerprior to July 29. After July 29, registration is $55.