Second Annual Quadrathon attracts national attention

Pokagon Health Services Healthy Lifestyles Campaign hosted the second annual Quadrathon on July 28 with more than a dozen teams. These adventurers completed the swim, bike, kayak route, and run as part of the only sprint quadrathon hosted in the United States. Participants were permitted to complete all the events as a solo competitor or by being part of a team. Team members completed one leg of the challenge and then cheered their friends and coworkers through the remaining events. The course was designed to use and highlight our Rodgers Lake property.

This year we expanded on the inaugural event by including games for spectators, activities for children, and a reusable sports bottle for all participants. The course was professionally timed with split times, to allow designated times for each leg of the challenge as well as provide an overall start to finish time. The Quadrathon is a family-friendly event with three separate categories of participants: beginners, competitors, and elders. This year we had beginners, as young as eleven years of age, numerous competitors, and several elders completing the course. The limited number of participants keeps this event very personable and enjoyable. However, the professional timer and length of each event keeps it nationally recognized as a legitimate quadrathon.

The winner of the competitor category was Pokagon Health Services dentist Dr. Abby Paul, who finished with a time of 1:37:30.7. The first elder to cross the line was also an individual competitor, Al Mussman, with a time of 1:46:21.5. The first team to finish was Team Health-Nuts who finished with a time of 1:48:27.6. Congratulations to all the individuals and teams who participated in the 2019 Quadrathon.

You can be a part of history by joining us in the inaugural stages of this annual event. We have been contacted about getting our course sanctioned by the World Quadrathlon Federation and possibly including it in an American circuit. We would like to have 25 Pokagon teams participate in next year’s event. Beginners are welcome, safety is always our priority, and we currently have a 100% satisfaction rate! Contact a member of the Healthy Lifestyles Campaign if you would like to participate in next years event.  If you would like help preparing for the challenge, as either a solo contestant or part of a team, the PHS Wellness Center has qualified staff and encouraging personnel to get you ready.