Swim, bike and run to a life without breast cancer

A new athletic event is coming to Columbus on Saturday, July 30, and today’s guest blog includes info, insight and inspiration to get involved from one of the event’s co-organizers. Enjoy and we hope to see you on the course!

Ohio Tri for the Cure
Looking for a new way to support central Ohio’s fight against breast cancer? We hope you’ll join Komen of Columbus and HFP Racing as together we launch the Giant Eagle Triathlon for the Cure. The Giant Eagle Tri for the Cure is a Women’s Only event featuring a unique swim, bike and run format, set to take place on July 30th at Alum Creek State Park. Ladies of all ages and ability levels are encouraged to participate in this beginner triathlon, benefiting the Susan G. Komen Columbus affiliate.

Many of you may be unfamiliar with triathlons, but the popularity of the sport has grown immensely since I (Jen Kurek) and my Husband Shannon began our multi-sport company back in 1989. Over the past 22 years, we’ve invested our time, energy and money into building fitness events throughout Ohio and the greater Mideast. Our goal has always been to inspire those around us to become more active and live a healthier lifestyle. We, like many of you, received a shock to our system when out of nowhere in January of 2010, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I lived a very healthy lifestyle, had three children under the age of 10, and Shannon and I were traveling as a family across the great state of Ohio producing events nearly every weekend. This was not on our radar. After I was diagnosed, Shannon and I knew this would be a battle that we would need to fight as a family. After months of prayer, intense medical treatment and surgery we had beaten it!

After my final round of radiation in May of 2010, we were determined to find a way that we could support the Komen Foundation in their efforts to raise awareness and find a final cure to end the disease. Out of that vision, we have created the Women’s Only Tri for the Cure Series. It was very important to both Shannon and me that this new series would exist in a way whereas both experienced and inexperienced athletes could participate. We’ve taken enormous steps to take the intimidation factor out of our series. When you attend a Tri for the Cure, you’ll experience an incredible atmosphere of encouragement, support and camaraderie. In fact, the majority of our participants will be completing their FIRST ever triathlon in July! If you’ve competed in the Race for the Cure or simply can run or walk 2 miles, then you have what it takes!

The Giant Eagle Tri for the Cure is the fourth stop on the Ohio Women’s Triathlon for the Cure Series and features a beginner friendly 250 yard point-to-point swim in waist deep water, (that means if you need to stand, you can stand!), followed by a 7 mile bike and finishing with a 2 mile run. EVERY WOMAN has the opportunity to complete their first Triathlon. The best part of our series and the Giant Eagle Tri for the Cure is that 50% of your entry fee will go directly to the Columbus Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure. I hope you’ll join me in the continued fight to end breast cancer and I look forward to greeting you at the Finish Line.


Jennifer Kurek,
Wife, Mother, and Breast Cancer Survivor
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