Hospital’s ‘CHEWs It or Lose It’ triathlon set for Sept. 8
By Randy Vlasin
Executive Director Chase
County Hospital Foundation
In an effort to promote a healthy lifestyle to area residents, Chase County Community Hospital is sponsoring an amateur triathlon in Imperial on Saturday, Sept. 8, titled “CHEWs It or Lose It.”
The acronym CHEWS stands for Chase Healthcare Employee Wellness Program. While the CHEWS program is related to healthcare employees, the triathlon is open to the public.
The triathlon involves swimming, biking and a run/walk. The biking route will be four miles in length, the run/walk will be 2.2 miles and the swimming will involve six laps in the pool.
Teams of two to three people as well as individuals may participate. Businesses are encouraged to sponsor teams for the event and compete for a traveling trophy. Residents can compete individually if they are not part of a registered team. Families are also encouraged to enter as a team.
In the team division, each person chooses in which of the three activities they wish to compete. For example, with a team of three, one person will choose swimming, one biking and the other the run/walk. Residents who compete as individuals will participate in all three.
Age divisions for individual competition are as follows: Pee-wee (8-12 yrs.), Juniors (13-18 yrs.), Adults (19-35 yrs.), Seniors (36-49 yrs.) and Masters (50 yrs. and over).
Medals will be awarded to the top three places in individual and team divisions. There is also a traveling trophy which goes to the winning business team. If a business team wins the trophy for three years in a row, they keep the trophy permanently.
To register for the triathlon, contact Larissa Gerhartz at Chase County Community Hospital, 308-882-7243, or email her at lgerhartz@chasecounty hospital.com.
Cost of registration is $75 for a team and $25 for individuals. All participants will receive a triathlon t-shirt with their registration fee.
Registration on Sept. 8 will begin at 7:30 a.m. and be headquartered at the public swimming pool in Imperial. The competition will begin at 9 a.m. with awards following.
The public is encouraged to participate in this event. For more information, contact Gerhartz at 308-882-7243 or Randy Vlasin at 308-882-7379.