Osteoporosis affects 9 million Americans. Combating the disease — through both exercise and education — is the goal of the annual WunderWoman Triathlon in Medical Lake.
On WunderWoman race day, free bone screenings will be offered to participants who are 30 years and older and haven't been tested. In addition, Dr. Lynn Kohlmeier, director of Spokane Osteoporosis, will host a Q&A session about the prevention and treatment of osteoporosis. For the race itself, women have the option to compete in a sprint-distance or Olympic-distance triathlon. Relay teams of three members are welcome to participate. And a percentage of revenue from the locally organized race will be donated to the Washington Osteoporosis Coalition, a nonprofit that focuses on public awareness and education of the disease's risks.
Although online registration ends on Aug. 11, late registration is scheduled for Aug. 16 from noon to 6 pm at the Spokane REI store, and on Aug. 17 from noon to 4 pm at Waterfront Park in Medical Lake. According to event organizer Marla Emde, 20 to 30 race spots will be designated for women who have been diagnosed with osteoporosis. "We encourage them to come out, stay active and not keep losing ground. Exercise is a big part of that, especially running," she says.
WunderWoman Triathlon • Sun, Aug. 18 at 7:30 am and 8:15 am • $80-$140 • Waterfront Park • 1386 S. Lefevre St., Medical Lake • emdesports.com • 953-9924