It’s official! Move To Be Fit, Newcastle Neighborhood Life, and Chiropractic Wellness Center in Newcastle, WA, have announced details of the First Annual Newcastle Duathlon planned for April 21, 2012 with start, course, and finish in the heart of Newcastle.
“Duathlon is a run bike run event. It’s as simple as that. You run. Then you bike. Then you run. Period. Duathlon is not Biathlon. Biathlon is a rare mix of cross-country skiing and shooting.”, says David Vaughan. He is an elite Duathlon athlete who maintains a blog on the subject.
SATURDAY, APRIL 21ST
1-mile walk, 5-mile ride, 1-mile walk
Designed for beginners and families, this course offers some flat and hilly asphalt and some paved Lake Washington bike trails. The last 1-mile walk is on Newcastle Trails system leading back to Lake Boren Park.
3-mile run, 10-mile ride, 3-mile run
For athletes who want a challenge, this course offers hilly, paved bike lanes between CWC and Renton, and some paved Lake Washington bike trails. The last 3-mile run is on Newcastle Trails system leading back to Lake Boren Park.
Trails Map – PDF Courtesy of Newcastle Trails web site.
FRIDAY, APRIL 20TH
The Newcastle Duathlon Health and Fitness Xpo, happening Friday, April 20th is sponsored in part by Valley Medical Centers. A pasta feed is planned to “carbo load” participants the evening prior the race. pick-up their race t-shirts and care kits, and party with a purpose. Local Newcastle clinic representatives and executives from Valley, City of Newcastle, Newcastle Chamber of Commerce members, have all shown their enthusiastic support of the event.
“We need water stop sponsors, food and other vendors, and many other volunteers to strategically partner with Newcastle Neighborhood Life magazine, MOVE To Be Fit, and Chiropractic Wellness Center staff to successfully launch the first of many community-driven Duathlons this June!
“I’m happy to help in any way with your event because it will benefit our community of Newcastle. It’s an exciting and fun way to promote fitness and the public’s use of local trails,” says Grace Stiller, Weed Warriors Liaison for Newcastle Trails.
Net proceeds will benefit a local women’s non-profit organization, mPowered, that encourages all women to feel “empowered” in their journey toward healing from hurts, hang-ups, and habits. Fitness and Lifestyle Coach and published author, Marlina Velasco, organized a group of local, women-owned businesses to sponsor, organize, and facilitate the Du.
“We will release hot pink balloons at the start line to represent each participant’s effort in creating local awareness, and help end the circle of violence through education and prevention. Local businesses and individuals can donate to the cause while being recognized through a positive message inside each balloon,” Miss Velasco said during a weekly planning meeting April 20, 2011.
Duathlon sponsorships, Xpo vendors, water stops, and information on strategic partnerships are available by connecting with Marlina at 206.979.7363 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Event registration starts January 15th.