TREMONTON — The thought of finishing a triathlon feels overwhelming to many: biking 112 miles, running a full marathon, and even swimming. But two women in Tremonton are tackling it a different way.
Cynthia Nelson and her sister Katy Adams are competing in a triathlon with their kids. “To get the kids active and get me active," Nelson said.
It's something they hadn't ever considered until now. "No, I never ever thought of doing any of them. It's just never been my thing," Adams said.
Yet with the right approach, they accepted the challenge — a full triathlon including biking, running, and swimming. Here’s the catch: They have 30 days to complete it.
Intermountain Healthcare is calling it the Sloth-a-thon.
"I thought this would be a way I could do a triathlon. I have a whole month to do it," Nelson said.
Intermountain Healthcare's Chad Hunt said the event is designed to engage all levels of activity, including people who don’t normally exercise.
"We've got people from all walks of life," he said. “People who … want to get off the couch want to start running, but just need a little extra motivation."
Nelson said she hasn't always been the most active person. "Christmas came and New Year's and it just kind of slacked off and so this will be a good jumpstart to get going again,” she said.
Adams had a heart scare a couple of months ago. "That was kind of motivation to say OK, ‘I gotta be around longer,’" she said.
Nelson convinced her younger sister to jump on board. “She’s a go kind of girl,” Adams joked. “And she drags me along!”
With work, school, and kid schedules, it's hard to squeeze it in. "By the time that is done, there's not a lot of time left,” Nelson said.
But the kids encourage them to keep up! “She'll run beside me like come on mom, come on, you can do this," Adams said.
Nelson and Adams only have four more miles before they hit their mark. "It feels really good. It's nice to check things off,” Adams said.
They say they will continue even after crossing the finish line. “I'm just in the habit of it now. I'm used to doing it,” Nelson said. “It’s good for us!”
The athletes will be crossing the finish line event on May 2 at the Box Elder County Fairgrounds.