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Parks and Rec offering Lazy Man’s triathlon in March

If you like to swim, bike and run, Winchester-Clark County Parks and Recreation has a challenge for you.

The Lazy Man’s Ironman Triathlon will include 2.4 miles of swimming, 112 miles of cycling and 26.2 miles of running.

Contestants can compete anytime from March 1 to 31.

“It’s a full iron man triathlon,” Deborah Jackson, director of programming and marketing for the parks department. “The reason it’s called ‘lazy’ is you get 30 days to complete it.”

Ordinarily an iron man is done in a day.

And, despite the name, it isn’t only for “iron men” — or lazy men. Women, children and seniors of whichever sex can and do participate.

“We refer to it as the Lazy Tri generally,” Jackson said.

This is the second year for the challenge.There’s one in March to prepare for the spring and summer and one in September for the fall and winter.

The one in September is also training for the parks’ WinSprint triathlon, a swim-bike-run competition the first Saturday in October.

This is the parks department’s “third or fourth time doing it,” Jackson said.

Jackson got the idea for the stretched-out triathlon while visiting another parks program.

“It’s a pretty exciting time,” she said. “We get a lot of people involved.”

She guessed that last fall, more than 100 people participated.

Participation is free for members and non-members alike, but if they use the Winchester parks program’s facilities, such as the indoor pool or their treadmills, there is a small charge. Or for $30, they get a discounted one-month membership and can use everything, but only for March. When they’ve completed their triathlon, the membership ends.

“You can do it on your own time,” she said, and “break it down any way you want.”

You can even do a little each day for the whole month, she said.

They rules make it easier than it sounds. For example, if a participant can’t run 26.2 miles at one stretch outside, they can run it in increments on a treadmill or even walk it. The 2.4 miles of swimming can include water walking or jogging, swimming laps or using a rowing machine. And the for the 112 miles of bicycling, one can substitute a spin class or cardio bike routine.

Participants can buy a T-shirt with a “lighthearted” message about having done a triathlon — even if they didn’t quite make it all the way to the end.

“I know a lot of people like challenges,” and this one has been “really popular,” Jackson said.

Participants can visit the front desk at the parks department’s offices at the College Park Gym to complete a registration form. The desk is open from 5:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday.

For more information, one may visit Parks and Recreation at 15 Wheeler Ave., visit the website at www.winchesterparksandrec.org, call (859) 744-9554 or email wccpr.programming@gmail.com.

About Randy Patrick

Randy Patrick is a reporter for Bluegrass Newsmedia, which includes The Jessamine Journal. He may be reached at 859-759-0015 or by email at randy.patrick@bluegrassnewsmedia.com.

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