Extension’s 6-week triathlon challenge begins May 26; mini triathlon is July 13

    CSU Extension is bringing back the community triathlon challenge as a way to encourage summer activity, fitness and fun, while supporting local community improvement projects. The 2019 Phillips County Triathlon six-week fitness challenge will start on Sunday, May 26, and continue through Saturday, July 6.
    The program is offered to individuals or teams of up to 10 people of any age group: peewee (age 4-9), junior (age 10-16), adult (age 17-64) or senior (age 64 and up). Aside from covering the cost of challenge T-shirts and mini triathlon expenses, all of the fees will be given to the Holyoke Community Childcare Initiative and the Haxtun pool project.
    Every participant is challenged with the goal of completing a full triathlon by the end of the six-week period. The three components of a triathlon include, biking 112 miles, swimming 2.4 miles, and running or walking 26.2 miles. In order to complete the program the participant would need to bike 18.7 miles per week, run or walk 4.4 miles per week and swim .4 miles per week.
    One activity may be substituted for calisthenics such as jumping jacks, jump rope, half situps, circuit training, water exercise and other classes. Specific conversions of each activity into appropriate miles is provided in a spreadsheet. A recording spreadsheet is also provided to track daily activity. The recording sheets will be turned in to Extension by Monday, July 8, to confirm teams and individuals completing the challenge.
    Getting started is as easy as accessing the Extension website at https://goldenplains.extension.colostate.edu. Click on the Programs tab. Then, click Family, Home & Consumer. Scroll down to the Phillips County Amateur Triathlon tab, where you will find all of the registration guidelines, substitution formulas, log page and consent form. At the bottom, click in the colored box to register for the triathlon.
    Extension must receive the registration fee and consent form for each participant to be fully registered. Participants can also pick up a registration packet at the Extension office or have one emailed to them. Call the Extension office at 970-854-3616 or email Tracy Trumper at tracy.trumper@colostate.edu.

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