SOMC plans triathlons for both kids and adults this August

Southern Ohio Medical Center has announced it will be hosting its second annual “Tri For Your LIFE” Sprint Triathlon this August. They are also adding a version for children, however, called “Kids Tri For Your LIFE.”

“We had great turnout for last year’s triathlon, so this year we wanted to host an event that could get kids involved as well,” Jim Kolar, manager of the SOMC LIFE Center, said.

Last year’s event brought in more than 100 competitors from as far away as Florida and Minnesota. Among those who visited Portsmouth to compete was a 79-year-old Akron woman whose completion of the triathlon was the first of her life.

This year’s “Kids Triathlon” is scheduled for Saturday, August 24. Start time for children between the ages of 11 and 14 is at 9:00am, while children between 7 and 10 will begin at 9:45 am. The triathlon will begin in the Shawnee State pool, followed by a bike course along the floodwall murals before finishing with a run through the college campus. For children not quite ready to compete against others, there will also be a non-competitive “Little Bear Run.”

The adult triathlon takes place the next day on Sunday, August 25 and will begin at 7:00 am. This event begins with a 200-meter swim in the SOMC LIFE Center pool. That is followed by a 10-mile bike course and a 5k run through the streets of historic Portsmouth.

“These triathlons are great ways for people to challenge themselves physically while just having a lot of fun,” Kolar said. “A sprint triathlon is designed to be short enough for beginners, while still challenging enough to test more experienced athletes.”

Both triathlons can be run individually or by a team of individuals. A duathlon is also an option. Registration can be completed online at www.hfpracing.com and has a deadline of 11:59pm on August 22.

Registration for the Kids Triathlon is $25 through July 31, then $35 until the August 22 deadline. Relay, or team, registration is $35 through July 31 and then $45 until the deadline.

For the Sprint Triathlon, registration costs $45 (or $55 for a relay or team) through July 31, then $55 (or $65 for a relay or team) until the August 22 deadline.