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Local Options Abound for Triathlon Training and Events in Northeast Ohio

In the last three to four years, triathlons — swimming, biking and running — have gained in popularity, both nationally and locally.

The sport of triathlon has a long history in Cleveland. The first Cleveland Triathlon, originally known as the National City Triathlon, debuted in 1987 and celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2016. In 1996, Cleveland hosted the Triathlon World Championships, and could potentially host the 2018-19 USA Triathlon Age Group Nationals, according to Mickey Ryzmek, USAT certified race director and promoter of North Coast Multisports.

More people are being drawn to the sport, which is a three-sport athletic competition involving the completion of three continuous and sequential endurance disciplines: swimming, biking and running.

What draws a person to the sport of triathlon? That varies from person to person.

“I thought it was cool,” says Dawn Maniawski, 45, a mother of one from Chagrin Falls. “I always wanted to try one, but I didn’t think I could; I didn’t consider myself an athlete, although I ran and swam regularly.”

Like others, Maniawski found the open water swim (OWS) intimidating.

“Not knowing what was below me, or being able to swim to the side of the pool if I needed, intimidated me,” she said, adding some advice for newbies. “Don’t be intimidated. Take your training step-by-step and utilize local resources such as coaches, clubs and clinics.”

Expert Advice for Training and Beyond

Tim Edwards, USAT Level 2 coach, offers the following advice for those who are new to triathlons:

  • Start slow and easy. The best way to begin training for your first triathlon is to start slow and build in a logical manner to prevent injuries. Consider working with a coach, as the guidance and support allows you to develop good techniques and sound training principles.
  • Goal setting. Your first goal should be to have fun in a safe manner and finish your race.
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Empowering Epilepsy Seeks Team Members for Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon

Empowering Epilepsy is looking for 40 runners and 20 volunteers, plus fundraising support, to join its team for the 2017 Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon, which will take place May 20-21.

The organization’s goal is to raise $15,000 as a Gold Charity Sponsor, with team members asking their friends and family to support the run “to help change the conversation about epilepsy.”

Participation options for the event include the full marathon, half marathon, 10K, 8K, 5K and Kids’ Run. All events feature a walking division.

To register, click here; then select Empowering Epilepsy as your team after registration.

Empowering Epilepsy makes the fundraising part simple with an easy-to-use online page.


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2016 Editions Fitness Food Health Magazine November 2016 Worth Noting

Choose the Perfect Post-Workout Snack

You walked or ran your legs off, biked until you dropped, lifted your body weight at the gym, and swam a distance equivalent to circling the globe. Now it is time to refuel.

It may seem counterintuitive to eat and drink after working hard to tone your body and burn calories, but a workout takes its toll on your muscles and other body systems. The key to responsible refueling is to make smart selections that provide the necessary recovery without packing on excess calories that cancel out your effort.

Most experts agree that protein plays a key role in helping repair and build muscle, regardless of whether it comes from a shake, a glass of milk, or an energy bar. Choose foods with low to moderate sugar content and aim for 10-20 grams of protein for your post-workout snack.

Exercise may work up an appetite, but a snack that promotes satiety without making you feel over-full is an effective way to nix the temptation to overeat later in the day. Reach for a snack that combines protein and carbs, such as a handful of nuts and string cheese, hummus and veggies, or a container of nonfat Greek yogurt. Rehydrate with a refreshing food that has high water content, such as watermelon. At 92 percent water, watermelon is an ideal workout buddy for rehydrating, refueling, and recovering.

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2017 Editions Featured Fitness Health January 2017 Magazine

This Year, Treat Yourself to a Fitness Makeover

The duties of a mom are never-ending, so at times, taking care of her basics needs often is overlooked. However, missed meals and lack of exercise can have a negative impact on health. Now is the perfect time for moms to start off the new year with a fitness makeover, so they can feel and look their best. ...
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Kick it into Gear – Fall Runing Shoes

Fall running shoes bring inspiration for new adventures

Whether you run for exercise or are preparing for a race, it’s a great opportunity to get new road and trail shoes. It seems the options are endless, so we narrowed down the list of this season’s must-haves to get you started.Head out to your local shop to get all the details.


ASICS GEL-Kayano 23

Asics Kayano is known for its stability and the latest version continues the trend. The 23rd edition of the Kayano features a new technology that make this shoe 55 percent lighter compared to other models in the market. If you are a runner with mild to moderate overpronation, give this shoe a test run.

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AltraTorin 2.5

The distinctive foot-shaped toe box on Altra running shoes truly sets them apart from traditional running shoes. The Altra line was designed to allow the toes to relax and spread out naturally, while the big toe remains in a straight position. The Torin 2.5 features a fully cushioned zero dropplatform that places the heel and forefoot at the same distance from the ground. If zero drop is a new concept for you, I suggest heading to your local running store and learning more about the pros and cons of zero drop for your specific foot type.

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Brooks Cascadia 11 GTX

Whether you are a runner or hiker, the high-tech, trail specific Cascadia 11 GTX is a great option for cooler, wet weather. The Cascadia 11 GTX is the first Brooks shoe to feature GORE-TEXtechnology. GTX is waterproof, breathable fabric for all-weather use. Your feet will stay warm and dry. To protect the underfoot, the Cascadia 11 GTX features a ballistic rock shield and a rugged outsole that provides great traction on wet, muddy surfaces.

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Get into the Race this Fall


The cooler temps and fall foliage add a renewed interest in the great outdoors. Northeast Ohio has a wide variety of fall on- and off-road races to choose from, as well as great trails to hike in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park.

Here is a list of a few well-known area races.

Trail Races

Oct. 8, Nov. 5, Dec. 3: Ohio Outside Trail Series, Monroe Falls Metro Park

Oct. 15: Chippewa Creek Challenge 10 Miler & Little Stream 1 Mile Kids Trail Race

Road Races

Oct. 8: Monster Mutt Dash & Howl-O-Ween After Party, Berea

Oct 16: Beech Brook 5K Run and 1 Mile Walk, Pepper Pike

Oct 28: Jack-O-Lantern Jog 5k, Akron


Hike Hudson – In Search of Bigfoot!, Hudson

Fall Hiking Spree, Summit County Metro Parks

The Ledges Overlook, Ledges Trail, Peninsula


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Get Your Body Back After Baby

Now that you’ve had the baby, you are ready to feel more physically fit, more confident and better than ever. So, where do you start? It is a combination of eating well and establishing a consistent exercise routine. ...
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Pathways to Fun: On the Family Bike Trail

If ever there was a time to dig out your family’s bikes and head out on the trails, it’s now. May is Cleveland Bike Month and exploring Northeast Ohio on two wheels is a great way to get to know the area while enjoying the sites and sounds of spring. Learn the best places to go. ...
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