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PUBLISHED: 4:27 PM on Wednesday, April 4, 2007
WISEWOMAN to hold walk, triathlon
SITKA - Want to go for a walk, bike ride or swim? Want to try a triathlon? Sitka women are invited to "build your own event" when you participate in the Sitka Women's Walk and Triathlon sponsored by the SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium's WISEWOMAN program.

This non-competitive event starts at 8 a.m. on Saturday, April 28, at the Hames Physical Education Center at Sheldon Jackson College.

The three legs of the triathlon include a 2.5-mile walk or run, a 4-mile bike and a 500-meter swim at the Hames Center Pool.

Women of all ages can participate in all three triathlon events, or they can do just one or two of the legs. This event is open to individuals and teams. There is no entry fee and the event will not be timed.

Dogs on leash are welcome and family teams are encouraged. Male participants younger than 13 years old may participate on a family team.

"This event encourages women to participate in an activity that benefits their heart while also raising awareness about cardiovascular disease," said event organizer Martha Pearson, who is a health educator for the SEARHC WISEWOMAN program. "It is women supporting other women to be active and to take care of themselves."

Event registration takes place from 5-7 p.m. Friday, April 27, at the Hames Center.

The Yellow Jersey Cycle Shop will perform free bicycle safety checks for women who bring their bikes to the shop before the event.

Goodie bags will be available for all women who participate in the event. There are dozens of door prizes that will be distributed after the event is over, too. Women will be allowed to use fins, flotation belts and kickboards during the swim leg.

The SEARHC WISEWOMAN program is part of a national cardiovascular health campaign for women funded by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. WISEWOMAN - which stands for Well-Integrated Screening and Evaluation for Women Across the Nation - is designed to provide any woman age 30-64 of limited income or insurance access to health services so they can delay or prevent cardiovascular and other chronic diseases.

The SEARHC WISEWOMAN program works in partnership with the SEARHC Breast and Cervical Health Program to help provide an integrated women's health screening program.

For more information on the SEARHC WISEWOMAN program, please call Martha Pearson at 966-8783 or e-mail her at marthap@searhc.org. There also is a link to the SEARHC WISEWOMAN program at http://www.searhc.org/womenshealth.


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