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Fit for life

Triathlon celebrates fitness at every age

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July 23rd, 2013

At Wind Crest, active living is status quo. To welcome summer and celebrate their healthy lifestyle, 60 residents and 22 staff at the Erickson Living community in Highlands Ranch, Colo., participated in a month-long triathlon, in June. The triathlon s components included aquatic exercise, biking, and jogging or walking. Participants could choose from a full triathlon or a half triathlon. They also had the option to participate as a team or individually. The full triathlon consisted of swimming 8 miles, biking 40 miles, and jogging or walking 26 miles over the course of one month. The half triathlon consisted of swimming 4 miles, biking 20 miles, and jogging or walking 13 miles. What makes this fun and different is that participants can choose from swimming laps in our pool to taking an aqua aerobics class to using the elliptical trainer or NuStep machine to taking a kickboxing class all to achieve their goal, says Wind Crest Wellness Manager Kristy Hebert. Hebert says some staff members used the triathlon to help achieve Weight Watchers weight loss goals. And 98-year-old Rosemary Hulburt proved that age is just a number.

Different venues

All activities could be completed at Wind Crest in its all-season aquatics center, state-of-the-art fitness center, or even around its beautifully manicured grounds. Residents frequently utilize the campus paths as well as the Highline Trail, which borders the campus. The month-long event kicked off May 31 with a tri-laugh-alon in the fitness and aquatics center. It came to a close July 12 with a barbecue and awards ceremony. Now, even without the triathlon in action, the fitness and aquatics centers at Wind Crest are always buzzing.