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Lazy Man Iron Man tries BYU-I athletes

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BYU-Idaho Wellness Activities will hold the Lazy Man Iron Man during June.

Students can sign up in the Fitness Center and fill out their own log card, where they will update their progress. Students can go up the front desk in the Fitness Center, located in the John W. Hart building, and ask an employee about signing up.

The Lazy Man Iron Man allows people to complete within a month’s period of time the length and course of a regular Ironman triathlon: running 26 miles, biking 112 miles and swimming 2.4 miles. 

“The major difference between this event and a regular Ironman is the time frame given to complete it,” said Sam Henrickson, the manager of the Lazy Man Iron Man and a freshmen studying biology. “Participants are still challenged to complete the full length of the event. Rather than finishing the entire course in one setting like the regular Iron man, the athletes are allowed one month to finish the entire course.”

Like any Wellness Activities event, the main goal of the Lazy Man Iron Man is to promote health and fitness among the students and faculty of BYU-I, according to the school’s website. This is an activity individuals can participate in to achieve a healthier lifestyle and exercise routine. For those with such goals, the Lazy Man Iron Man can give them a small taste of the real experience of an Ironman, but at their own pace and time schedule, Henrickson said.

Kristin Harvon, the coordinator of the Lazy Man Iron Man and a senior studying health science, said the purpose of the event is to promote lifelong wellness and health.

“College students who don’t have much time for anything but studying for tests, but with this it is still a challenge and it is fun to put goals in front of us,” Havron said. “And this is obtainable.”

To track progress, participants fill out log cards, which are charts that keep track of the amount of miles they have completed in their running, biking and swimming. Throughout the month, the information will be recorded and tracked to know who finishes and where they ranked.

“The cards that you find the Fitness Center has spots for you to mark off of how much you have ran, biked and swam,” Harvon said “The manager goes in every day to write down who has completed what.”

One motivation for students to participate and finish the competition is the reward of a free t-shirt, Harvon said.

“Only the first 100 finishers will be given a T-shirt as an award,” Hendrickson said.

Hendrickson said those with health goals and those who go to the gym and pool will see the appeal of the Lazy Man Iron Man.

“Right now, we have about 100 people signed up already for the event, and more to come,” Hendrickson said. “So, if there are any interested in participating, now is the time to sign up. It’s not too late.”

Hendrickson said the Lazy Man Iron Man will be an exciting event and that completing it will give a sense of accomplishment to those who complete it.

More information about the event can be found on the event page on the school’s website, and the BYU-I Wellness Activities Facebook page.

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