Sitka Women's Walk and Triathlon to take place Saturday

Posted: Sunday, April 19, 2009

SITKA - Want to go for a walk, bike ride or swim? Want to try a triathlon? Sitka women are invited to "build your own event" when you participate in the Sitka Women's Walk and Triathlon, sponsored by the SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium Women's Health program and Sitka Physical Therapy.

This non-competitive event starts at 8 a.m. Saturday at Blatchley Middle School. The three legs of the triathlon include a 2.5-mile walk or run, a 4-mile bike and a 500-meter swim at the Blatchley Pool. This year's course is different than in previous events. Runners will head from Blatchley Middle School to Sea Mart and back, and cyclists will go from Blatchley to the viewing area/pullout after Sandy Beach for their turnaround. Motorists are asked to please be watchful and courteous of the runners and cyclists as they're on the road for the triathlon.

Women of all ages can participate in all three triathlon legs, or they can do just one or two of the legs. This event is open to individuals and teams. There is no entry fee and the event will not be timed. Dogs on leash are welcome and family teams are encouraged. Male participants younger than 13 years old may participate on a family team.

"This event encourages women to participate in an activity that benefits their heart while also raising awareness about cardiovascular disease," said Martha Pearson, a health educator for the SEARHC WISEWOMAN program and one of the event organizers. "It is women supporting other women to be active and to take care of themselves."

Event registration takes place from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday, April 24, at the Blatchley Middle School Foyer. The Yellow Jersey Cycle Shop will perform free bicycle safety checks for women who bring their bikes to the shop before the event. Door prizes will be distributed after the event is over. Women will be allowed to use fins, flotation belts and kickboards during the swim leg.

For more information about the event, please call Susan Suarez at 907-966-8459 or e-mail her at susan.suarez@searhc.org.



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