OCEANSIDE — Fourteen North County residents chosen through a special Tri-City Medical Center-sponsored contest in August are nearing the midpoint of their training to run in the Tri-City Medical Center Carlsbad Half Marathon on Jan. 23.
As title sponsor for the second year of the marathon, Tri-City asked North County residents to write an essay about what health challenges they would like to overcome and why they deserve to win the contest that will kick start a healthier lifestyle, and in some cases, completely change lives.
The 14 winners received free entry into the Tri-City Medical Center Carlsbad Half Marathon, a six-month membership to the Tri-City Wellness Center, a personal health assessment and group training with the center’s certified staff, along with enrollment in a race-training program led by InMotion Fit, the Carlsbad company that produces the marathon.
The Tri-City team includes a breast cancer survivor, an ovarian cancer survivor, a woman diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, and a 70-year old woman who wants to increase her stamina to keep up with her boogie boarding buddies. Participants have been enrolled in a six-month race-training program, then will run or walk in the 13.1-mile half marathon.
“Tri-City’s mission is ‘to advance the health and wellness of those we serve,’ and we couldn’t think of a better way to achieve this than by touching the lives of these 14 people and making a real difference in their health and wellness,” said Larry Anderson, chief executive officer, Tri-City Medical Center.
After submitting a 500-word essay on why they wanted to participate in the half marathon, entrants were selected based on current commitment to health and physical activity, dedication and availability for a six-month training program, and aspiration to achieve fitness goals.
The group is made up of Lynda Barrett, 70, of Carlsbad; Jim Bell, 46, Oceanside; Casey Campbell, 20, Carlsbad; Paul Carey, 32, Carlsbad; Owen Cobb, 35, Cardiff-by-the-Sea; Laura Dudek, 42, Encinitas; Manuel Harris, 61, Carlsbad; Leesa Lamb, 46, Vista; Alicia Magdaleno, 34, Solana Beach; Dan Randol, 43, Carlsbad; Alicia Reynolds, 45, San Marcos; Melanie Tyszkiewicz, 34, Carlsbad; Bernadette Wieboldt, 47, Oceanside; and Sandy Zelasko, 53, Valley Center.
All San Diego residents are invited to follow along at home through an online training plan and tips available at www.tricitymed.org/marathon.
Tri-City Wellness Center approaches fitness and health from a medically integrated perspective. The center offers personalized health assessments and personal training, in addition to the medical component of cardiac rehabilitation and physical and occupational therapy. The 57,000-square-foot center offers a wide variety of exercise options, including an aquatic center with a 25-meter lap pool and warm-water therapy pool, personal training, Pilates and group exercise studios, and weight-training facilities. It also features a Zen garden and healthy café.
For more information about Tri-City Medical Center, visit www.tricitymed.org. For more information about Tri-City Wellness Center, visit www.tricitywellness.com.