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FAU’s Today and Beyond Wellness Hosts 20th Annual Wellness Triathlon

BOCA RATON, FL (March 24, 2011) – Florida Atlantic University’s Today and Beyond Wellness will host its 20th annual Wellness Triathlon on Sunday, April 17, at 7 a.m., at Spanish River Park, 3001 State Road A1A, Boca Raton. In honor of its 20th anniversary, a “Wellness Weekend” of events associated with the triathlon also will take place beginning on Friday, April 15.

            “The Wellness Triathlon is a great opportunity for people from the community to learn more about healthy living, and enables our students and staff to have a fun event,” said Rosemary Dunbar, director of Today and Beyond Wellness.  “Lots of people who have graduated from FAU participate, and family members come out on race day.  Our student volunteers see 75 year olds in the events, and come away inspired and motivated.”

Sponsored by Mercedes-Benz and Boca Raton Life Time Athletic Club, the triathlon is open to community members of all ages, and includes a quarter-mile ocean swim, a 10-mile bicycle ride and a 3.1-mile run.  All revenue generated from the triathlon will be used to support wellness programming for FAU and the local community.

Additional events in honor of the 20th anniversary include:

  • A free “Meet and Greet” event for the athletes participating in the “Wellness Weekend” and their guests will take place on Friday, April 15, from 5 to 8 p.m., at Boca Raton Life Time Athletic Club, 1499 Yamato Road, Boca Raton.

  • A 25- and 50-mile “Challenge Bike Ride,” sponsored by Bike America, will take place on Saturday, April 16, at 7 a.m., beginning at the FAU Recreation and Fitness Center, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton campus. The tour will take riders along A1A and then back to the Center.  The cost is $20 for FAU students and $30 for the general public.

  • A Triathlon Packet Pick-up and Expo will take place on Saturday, April 16, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., in the plaza between the FAU Recreation and Fitness Center and Marleen and Harold Forkas Alumni Center, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton campus. The expo will host free bicycle check-ups and displays of fitness and health-oriented products.  Three workshops will be offered beginning from 11 a.m. to noon with Friederike Feil, FAU graduate student, FAU runner and one of Germany’s top runners.  From noon to 1:15 p.m., beginner tri-athletes can learn from Racheal Woods, one of South Florida’s outstanding tri-athletes, 2002 Ironman master world champion, USAT coach and FAU alumnus. Woods will present tips that to help make a “first race” both enjoyable and successful. Experienced tri-athletes will be able to review swim techniques and other racing skills to improve their performance with Niki Jones, FAU assistant swim coach, USAT coach and 2010 FAU Wellness Triathlon women's overall winner. Jones’ session is from 1:30 to 3 p.m., and no advanced registration is necessary. The FAU Recreation and Fitness Center will host an open swim from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. for all registered triathlon and bike participants.

Cost for the triathlon is $75 per person for USA Triathlon members or $85 for non-members if registered by Saturday, April 16, and $85 for members or $95 for non-members for those that register the day of the race. Teams consisting of two relay participants cost $135 for members or $145 for non-members if registered by April 16, or $165 for members or $175 for non-members who register the day of the race.

For more information or to register for the events, call 561-297-3615 or visit   


About Florida Atlantic University:

Florida Atlantic University, established in 1961, officially opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. In commemoration of its origin, FAU is celebrating its 50th anniversary throughout 2011. Today, the University serves more than 28,000 undergraduate and graduate students on seven campuses and sites. FAU’s world-class teaching and research faculty serves students through 10 colleges: the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts & Letters, the College of Business, the College for Design and Social Inquiry, the College of  Education, the College of  Engineering & Computer Science, the Graduate College, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science. FAU is ranked as a High Research Activity institution by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. For more information, visit

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