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Chase County Hospital sponsoring ‘CHEWs It or Lose It’ Triathlon PDF Print E-mail
Written by Wauneta Breeze   
Thursday, 09 June 2011 20:35

In an effort to promote a healthy lifestyle with area residents, Chase County Community Hospital is sponsoring an amateur triathlon 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, said Randy Vlasin, hospital foundation executive director.

The CHEWS It or Lose It Amateur Triathlon consists of two different events.

A six-week Fitness Challenge that begins June 27 and ends Aug. 8, and a Competition Day on Aug. 13.

The triathlon involves swimming, biking and run/walk. Teams of two to three people as well as individuals may participate in one or both events. The main purpose of the six-week Fitness Challenge is to provide a structured format to help people get in shape and would be beneficial as preparation for the Competition Day on Aug. 13. However, participants do not have to participate in the six-week Challenge in order to compete in the Aug. 13 Competition Day.

Businesses are encouraged to sponsor teams for the event and residents can compete individually if they are not part of a registered team.

In the team division, each person chooses which of the three activities they wish to complete. 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 (4-10 yrs.), Juniors (11-18 yrs.), Adults (19-30 yrs.), Seniors (31-54 yrs.), and Masters (55 yrs. and over).

Business division consists to two to three person teams.

Prizes will be awarded at the Competition Day to the top three places in individual and team divisions.

Registration for the six-week Fitness Challenge must be submitted by June 24.

For more information about the triathlon, team sponsorships and registration, contact Larissa Gerhartz or Julie Neighbors at Chase County Community Hospital, 308-882-7111, or visit the CHEWs Health website at