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There are many amazing events pulled off in Sampson County in any given year, so it’s no wonder that we believe, with the community’s help, the now annual Super Sprint Triathlon will continue to be the phenomenal success it has been since its inception, and one that can impact this community in numerous way, just as it has done every year for the last four.

This year’s event kicks off Saturday morning, 9 a.m., at the Center for Health and Wellness, as individuals and teams make their way through a five-lap swim, a seven-mile bike ride and a two-mile walk or run.

We hope they’ll be joined by throngs of people who opted out of participation but who can still take part along the sidelines, cheering the competitors as they try to accomplish individual goals and make their way to the finish line.

Those who’ve taken part each year recall just how important those cheerleaders have been, the catalyst to help them get through that final mile and the foundation that makes this and any other event in Sampson County special.

Many area have triathlons, but none do it quite the same way Sampson does, with its supportive community spirit and its determination to make everything that has the Sampson seal just a little more special even than the time before.

It will be true with this year’s triathlon, which has become a highly anticipated event beyond Sampson’s boundaries. In fact, a large percentage of those participating will come from other parts of the state and country. But that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t have our own grand showing of participants either. In fact, we think it makes it that much more important, showing that those within our midst have the same kind of adventurous spirit and determination to do things that will help keep us fit as those who are visiting our great county.

That’s why we are encouraging those who have been considering the triathlon to do more than think about it. There’s still time to get involved, whether you want to volunteer, cheer, swim, bike, run or do all three, and we hope you will, making this year’s event the best one yet, a lofty feat but one that can be attained,

And that can only be good for Sampson County and its residents, particularly in terms of the emphasis it places on exercise and healthy eating habits.

It is something we, in Sampson County, need, and it is something that is being stressed from groups like the Healthy Carolinians to the Cooperative Extension Service, which offers the Eat Smart, Move More, Weigh Less program.

All of a sudden exercise, weight management and healthier eating habits aren’t being frowned upon by the masses, but rather taken up as a mantra to prepare for the triathlon and beyond.

That, alone, is enough to put an exclamation point on the benefits of this event.

We tip our hats to all those involved with the triathlon, and we thank them for the impact it has had, and will continue to have, here.

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