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MedWest Health & Fitness center will host a Kids Indoor Triathlon and Aquathlon May 6 for youth 15 and younger.

The Asheville Triathlon Club will help coordinate this event, which begins at 6:30 p.m. at MedWest Health & Fitness Center. The fitness center will close at 6 p.m. so participants will have uninterrupted use of the facility for this special event.

“Our lifeguard will be on duty throughout the event,” said Scotty Setser, director of the MedWest Health & Fitness Center. “Our center consistently offers programs for the youth of our community, including water safety instruction in our six-lane, 25-yard indoor pool. We believe this event will be a great introduction to the sport of triathlon for all ages.”

 

There will be two divisions for the aquathlon. Each division is limited to 20 participants.The junior division will be for boys and girls 8 years and younger, and will include a five-minute swim and a half-mile run. The intermediate division will be for youth 9 to 11 years of age, and will include a 10-minute swim and a one-mile run. A senior triathlon division will be for youth 12 to 15 years of age, and will include a 15-minute swim, a 20-minute spin bike and a two-mile run.

Participants will be divided into waves, based on age and experience. Juniors will swim no more than two to a lane, intermediates and seniors may have up to four in a lane, in which case they will circle swim. They will swim only as many laps as they feel comfortable with during the allotted time. After the swim, they will exit the pool area to the locker rooms to change for their next event.

Following the swim, juniors and intermediates will next complete their run on MedWest’s indoor track. Juniors and intermediates are competing in an aquathlon (swim and run only) rather than a triathlon, because the spin bikes used for the bike portion of the event cannot accommodate small children.

After their swim, seniors will change clothes in the locker room for a 20-minute spin bike class. This class is non-competitive, with each athlete competing at their own pace and intensity. Following the spin bike class, Seniors may change clothes for the run, and then complete their run on MedWest’s indoor track.

Registration will be on-line at http://www.ashevilletri.com/ or contact Sumner Smith at (828)216-7661.

Participation is free, compliments of MedWest Health & Fitness Center. There will be prizes awarded to participants and there will be a special appearance by Buzz B. Wellness, MedWest’s wellness mascot.

Medwest Health & Fitness Center will also sponsor “Buzz’s Summer Blast Youth Camp” June 20 through June 24, then again July 25 through July 29. Each day, children will play indoor and outdoor games with camp counselors and staff, swim in the pool, watch movies, make crafts, and will even be led through some specialty activities, such as yoga, an introduction to tae kwon do, and a facility-wide scavenger hunt.

The daily schedule will consist of a supervised drop-off period from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m., counselor-led activities from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., then a supervised pick-up period from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Enrollment fee for each of the two camp offerings is $110 for members, $120 for non-members.

For more information about this program, call (828)452- 8056. For more information about youth programming at MedWest Health & Fitness Center, call (828)452-8080.

MedWest-Harris, MedWest-Haywood and MedWest-Swain have joined together to provide healthcare for the people of Western North Carolina. MedWest is affiliated with Carolinas HealthCare System (www.carolinashealthcare.org), one of the leading healthcare providers in the Southeast, with 33 hospitals in North and South Carolina.





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