Thursday, January 23, 2003

Bikes sandwich with runs in the cold

By Rob Phillips
The Cincinnati Enquirer

LEBANON _ When most people see snow, ice and their breath, they don't think about running or biking outdoors.

But Lebanon community police officer Robb White is rallying people to do both.

What: Copsicle Off-Road Duathlon
When: 9 a.m., Jan. 25
Where: Jaycee Drive, off of Monroe Road
How to Enter: Entry fees are $15 for individual USAT members and $20 for two-person relay teams. All participants must be a USAT member or purchase a one-day membership for $9. Registration is available on race day.
Information: Robb White, Lebanon Police Department at 513-932-2010 or Wheelie Fun at 934-0600.
Mr. White purposely scheduled the first "Copsicle Off-Road Duathlon" for Jan. 25, historically the coldest weekend of the year.

Located in Lebanon's Colonial Park, the race consists of a nine-mile bike ride, sandwiched between two three-mile runs.

"We put it together basically to have something to do in the winter time and utilize the parks," said Mr. White, who is also the head of Lebanon's police bicycle unit.

"We have about 100 people who have already shown interest," he said. "Hopefully, they'll all show up. We'll just have to see on race day."

Bob Duncan, owner of Wheelie Fun Multi-Sport, a sponsor of the event, predicts a good showing.

"There are a lot of insane people out there, and hopefully they will come out and freeze with us," Mr. Duncan said.

Money raised from the race will be donated to a charity not yet chosen.

Four area police departments have signed up to participate.

"Other than that, I think the rest are smarter than me and not coming out," Mr. White said.

"Anyone that has a wild hair and wants to do something a little crazy - this is the time to do it," Mr. Duncan said.

Hot chocolate and torpedo heaters will be in the park to help thaw people out, Mr. White said.

"And a life squad will be on scene," Mr. Duncan added.

Mr. White said that if this race is a success he might try to schedule a similar race in July, on the hottest weekend of the year.

Male and female winners will be given awards and all participants will have a chance to win door prizes.

The race is sanctioned by USA Triathlon (USAT) and sponsored by the Lebanon Police Department and Wheelie Fun Multi-Sport.

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