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Anyone can do this triathlon

City program one of many new ideas for Parks and Recreation
By: Sena Christian, The Press Tribune
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The city of Roseville is hosting the inaugural Indoor Sprint Triathlon as a way to encourage residents to be fit and healthy.

The program started Jan. 9 and runs through March 2 at the Roseville Sports Center and Mike Shellito Indoor Pool. Members can participate for free and non-members pay $10 for a triathlon card on which to record the distance for each leg of the triathlon.

“We want to introduce people to different disciplines — swimming, running, biking — and bring them into our facilities,” said Dominick Casey, the city’s director of Parks, Recreation and Libraries.

When Casey joined the department about six months ago, he asked his staff to push the limits. They created a new mission to “enhance lives and the community by providing exceptional experiences.”

He asked his staff: What “exceptional experiences” do they provide?

Casey had overseen indoor triathlons at his previous job for the city of Henderson, Nev. These were always a success, he said, so when one of his Roseville staffers suggested the idea, he agreed.

“I am very excited about the triathlon,” said Senior Parks and Recreation Supervisor Kate Rebello, who had the idea. “This is a great opportunity for Roseville residents to jumpstart their fitness resolutions or re-energize their current workout plan. It is unique because you don’t have to have any triathlon experience to participate.”

Participants get four chances to log their best distance on a 10-minute swim, 20-minute bike ride and 15-minute run. The first three attempts will be on the honor system and must be completed by Feb. 26. The fourth and final attempt must be done the week of Feb. 27 and verified by city staff.

The swim portion should be recorded in yards, and the bike and run portions recorded in miles. At the end, staff will average the distance for the first three attempts, and add that to the final verified mileage to determine an average for the two.

Winners are ranked according to total number of miles completed. Awards will be given to the top male and female athletes in age groups ranging from 13 to 70 years and older.

If that sounds like a fun way to get exercise, that’s the whole point. The city’s goal is to develop programs that connect residents to the larger community.

“Our challenge is how we can help build community, and one of the ways we can do that is promoting healthy lifestyles,” Casey said.

It’s one of several new programs aimed at getting people to take advantage of local amenities, including the trail system, which Casey said is underused in some neighborhoods.

The city is also offering Thank You Thursday Deals on Facebook and Twitter, with discounts on facilities and events.

“It’s a way to engage people and let them know what we have to offer,” Casey said.

With the construction of the Town Square, set to be complete this winter, his department will soon begin creating ideas for special events and day-to-day programming for the facility in downtown Roseville.

“We’re going to need to program it in a unique way,” Casey said.

This could be 5Ks and marathons that start and end in downtown. Scott Alvord, president of the Downtown Merchants Association, said he thinks most of the events will center around the stage — such as concerts, dance shows, comedy shows — but that sports and recreation-themed events would be welcomed, too.

“Downtown Roseville’s reputation as a family destination will increase exponentially with a programmed Town Square,” Alvord said. “This will also increase our attractiveness to businesses considering a move to our historic community.”

The city may also launch Sunday Recess programs, which is an emerging trend that “promotes a social atmosphere and a place where people can get together and have fun,” Casey said. Programs include tetherball, dodge ball and kickball.

Sena Christian can be reached at senac@goldcountrymedia.com. Follow her on Twitter at SenaC_RsvPT.

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Roseville’s Indoor Sprint Triathlon
What:
Includes four rounds of a 10-minute swim, 20-minute bike ride and a 15-minute run.
How: Use your triathlon card to access the Roseville Sports Center for the bike and run portions, and Mike Shellito Indoor Pool for the swim portion
When: Program starts Monday, Jan. 9 and ends Friday, March 2
Cost: Free for Roseville Sports Center and Mike Shellito Indoor Pool members. Non-members pay $10.
Info: For complete details, visit www.roseville.ca.us