Rec Center’s triathlon/duathlon keeps people moving

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By Rick Palsgrove
Southeast Editor

Messenger photo by Rick Palsgrove
Kyle Hatfield and his daughter, Aly Hatfield, tackle the running portion of the Groveport Recreation Center’s Happy Move Year Indoor Triathlon/Duathlon on Jan. 27.

When the Hatfield family learned that the Groveport Recreation Center would hold an indoor triahlon/duathlon on Jan. 27 they were all in.

“It’s cold outside and this is a nice event for a family to do,” said Kyle Hatfield. “Running is our family past-time.”

His daughter, Aly Hatfield, who attends Teays Valley East and runs cross country and plans to run the mile and 800 meter races in track this spring, joined her father in the event.

Amy Van Huffel, Groveport Recreation Center sports and fitness manager, said the idea behind the Happy Move Year Indoor Triathlon/Duathlon was to provide a healthy, active event that offered variety in one’s workout.

“In the past we had held our annual Resolution Run, but the cold weather each year made it difficult to continue that event,” said Van Huffel. “So we decided to change it up this year with a triathlon/duathlon that includes indoor swimming, running, and cycling. It’s a good option that offers things people do throughout the year. It’s a unique triathlon/duathlon where people can choose their styles of exercise that fits their individual workouts.”

The triahlon included swimming in the center’s indoor pool, running on a treadmill or on the indoor track, and cycling on a stationary bike. The duathlon consisted of the treadmill or indoor track run and the stationary bike cycling. The participants could choose to do each leg for 10 minutes non-stop or for 20 minutes.

“This event is good because it fits anyone’s ability level,” said Van Huffel. “You could be a beginner or more experienced. It’s your choice to do as much as you are able to do and to push your limits. Plus, it’s fun!”

The Hatfields were two of the 20 participants in this year’s Happy Move Year Indoor Triathlon/Duathlon. They hopped on treadmills for their running portion of the duathlon and both took off at a fast pace.

“I like running,” Aly Hatfield said with a smile.

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