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Those who work in the field of public safety are known for going the extra mile and the local Habitat for Humanity organization is hoping that some of them are willing to go a little more than 11 combined miles by participating in a triathlon for a great cause.
The organization is sponsoring Tri for the Roses, a public safety officer team challenge at 8 a.m. May 18. Registration is 7 a.m. at the University of South Carolina Lancaster Gregory Health and Fitness Center. The fundraiser coincides with the 2013 Red Rose Festival.
“Right now, we’re trying to get the word out so teams can get ready,” Habitat Board President Pam Giardiello said. “We think it’s going to be a fun event. Anytime you get a group like this together, there is going to be lots of fun and trash talking.”
The competition is open to all police officers, deputies, firefighters and EMS workers in the region. Teams may have two or three members; all team members must be age 18 and older. It includes three events – a 300-yard swim, a 7.6-mile super-sprint bicycle ride and a 3.1-mile (5k) run.
“We want this to be a friendly, fun competition. Bragging is not only allowed, it’s encouraged,” Giardiello said, laughing. “The more the better.”
The entry fee is $100 per team, which includes T-shirts for each team member.
All the money raised will be used to fund future Habitat for Humanity building projects. The local Habitat chapter recently finished its 12th home in the county.
There will be trophies for first-, second- and third-place teams. The winning team also gets $500 to donate to the local charity of its choice.
Contact copy editor Gregory A. Summers at (803) 283-1156.
WHAT: Tri for the Roses, a public safety officer triathlon challenge open to all police officers, deputies, firefighters and EMS workers in the region age 18 and older
WHERE: University of South Carolina Lancaster Gregory Health and Fitness Center, 476 University Drive
WHEN: Registration is 7 a.m. May 18. Event starts at 8 a.m.
HOW MUCH: Cost is $100 per team, with discounts available for multiple teams
INFORMATION: (803) 283-1203 or firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org