In the years that the Can-Do Try-athlon has been around, it has been helping emphasize the importance of exercise for local women and children.
And it will be doing it yet again on May 2 when individuals and teams will mobilize at the Community Centre’s Campbell Road parking lot for the kick off of this year’s event. From there they’ll walk three kilometres or run five, cycle 15 km and finally swim or “aqua jog” 125 metres — that’s five lengths of the pool.
There are age and sex categories for individual competitors, but none for the teams of two, teams of three, or mother and daughter of son categories. Moms hoping to compete with their teen-aged son will be out of luck — no boys over the age of 12 are allowed in the Try-athlon.
Organizer Bex Reid-Parkin encourages all prospective try-athletes to register as early as possible. The fees are: over-18 individual competitors, $20; under 18-individual competitors, $15; majority over-18 teams, $30; majority under-18 teams, $25.
“The important thing is for people to register as soon as possible,” she said. “If they register on Race Day the fee goes up by $5.”
Late registration on Race Day begins at 8 am, with mandatory registration for all athletes starting at 8:30. There will be a mandatory athlete’s briefing at 9:45. The race itself will start at 10 am and at 3 pm spot prizes and awards for the winners in each category will be handed out at the Community Centre.
Registration forms for this lively and very fun annual event are available at the Community Centre. All proceeds from the race will be donated to Revelstoke’s Breast Cancer Support Group.