Competing for a good cause

Posted on Friday, March 29th, 2019 by Erik D Unger under Recreation & Wellness. Tags:

Try a Tri: UNCG’s First Indoor Triathlon

The Department of Recreation & Wellness and Alpha Chi Omega sorority held an indoor triathlon at the Kaplan Center last weekend. Participants competed in swimming, cycling and running segments to raise funds for the sorority’s chosen philanthropic project, the domestic violence shelter Clara House in Greensboro.

“I brought the idea to the Department of Recreation & Wellness, and found they were already planning a similar event,” said sorority member Samantha Payne. “It was great that we were able to collaborate.”

Payne said that funds raised from all the sorority’s events go to support the shelter.

“It helps the survivors of domestic violence get back on their feet and have a more positive future” she said.

The triathlon began with multiple laps in the Kaplan Center’s Natatorium, followed by legs on the stationary cycles and treadmills. Besides helping a good cause, participants said that it helped them reach personal goals in their own fitness programs.

“I have a half-Ironman coming up in the fall, and I thought that this would help me get motivated by supporting college kids doing good in the community,” said Melissa Martin. “I did better than I thought I would. I need to focus more on the swimming, but I surprised myself on the running.”

Tyler Placeres, another participant, agreed.

“I’m doing a full triathlon in May, and I figured that this would be a good practice warm-up and a way to support the cause,” he said. “I really exceeded the goals I set for today.”

Saturday, March 23rd, The Department of Recreation & Wellness partnered with Alpha Chi Omega Soririty to host our first indoor triathlon. Proeeds from the event benefited Clara House in Greensboro.

Posted by UNCG Recreation & Wellness on Friday, March 29, 2019