Annual triathlon set for March

By Kristy D. Carter -


Sampson County is all about fitness and promoting a healthy lifestyle. Over the last six years, the annual Sampson County Super Sprint Triathlon has worked to draw participants into a worthy cause.

According to Amanda Bradshaw, organizer of the event, the triathlon is an opportunity to promote health and wellness in the community. Not only is this opportunity open for those you live in the Sampson County community, but Bradshaw said it also draws participants from across the state.

“The event serves as a fundraiser for three local agencies that are health focused the entire year in the community,” Bradshaw said. “These agencies are Fitness Renaissance, L.C. Kerr School Garden and the Sampson Regional Medical Center Foundation.”

This years triathlon event is scheduled for March 16 at 9 a.m. at the Center for Health and Wellness on the campus of Sampson Regional Medical Center.

“This event has become increasingly popular since its inception and brings thousands of dollars to Sampson County, along with visitors from across North Carolina, and out of state competitors,” Bradshaw added.

According to event organizers, like Bradshaw and Kaitlin Norris, Clinton-Sampson Chamber of Commerce director, the event has continued for the last six years because of the positive feedback received from the racers each year.

“The continued support from the sponsors of the event as they are grateful for the opportunity to help sponsor an event that is working to tackle one of America’s fastest growing concerns – children’s health,” Bradshaw added.

The race includes a 250 yard pool swim, a seven mile bike ride and a two mile walk/run. Teams or individuals are invited to participate.

“Setting an example for our young people is done in simply leading by example,” Bradshaw said. “A healthy lifestyle is something that is a lifelong commitment. Teaching youth at a young age the characteristics of a healthy lifestyle is only exemplified when they are able to see a friend, neighbor, or even a family member truly living that out in their daily lives through healthy eating habits and community based exercise routines like jogging, biking, walking, and many more activities offered in Sampson County.”

For those interested in taking part in this year’s event, visit Participants and volunteers can register from the website. Anyone age 12 or above can participate.

“Come out and have a great time,” Bradshaw concluded. “If you are not interested in participating, that’s Ok too. We always are in need of volunteers.”

According to Bradshaw, volunteers are key to making the event run smoothly for the participants that visit with us in Sampson County.

“If you want to just come check it out and see what the event is, we welcome that too,” Bradshaw added. “It is such an incredible feeling to stand at the finish line and help cheer those racers through their last few steps of the race.”

Reach Kristy D. Carter at 910-592-8137, ext. 2588. Follow us on Twitter at @SamsponInd. Like us on Facebook.

By Kristy D. Carter


Reach Kristy D. Carter at 910-592-8137, ext. 2588. Follow us on Twitter at @SamsponInd. Like us on Facebook.

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