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Posted On: 1 April 2012 12:13 pm
Updated On: 12 November 2020 02:11 pm

Over 120 participate in Aspire Zone Winter Aquathon final

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The fifth and final edition of the Aspire Zone Winter Aquathon Series came to an exciting close on Friday with over 120 participants competing in the last of the races. The specially-designed race series was open to the community featured a 500M swim in the pool at Aspire Dome and a 5km run around Aspire Park. The race, organised by Aspire Logistics, was divided into different categories such as junior, open, veteran, and a team category. Overall winners were decided on a best three out of five races basis. Julien Periard was the winner of the open men’s division, while Elizabeth Sparks was the winner in the open women’s event. Julien Periard, who is a Research Scientist at Aspetar said: “It was great to be a part of such a well-organized multi-sport event. These kind of events are excellent at providing motivation for people to improve their health and fitness. It gives them a goal to try and achieve and they can measure their improvements each race.” Elizabeth Sparks, who is originally from the USA said: “This event so was so great because it attracted people of all different abilities. There are some great athletes but also people who are competing in an event like this for the first time. I brought some people with me today who have never done anything like this before and they really enjoyed it.” The hugely successful inaugural series kicked off in November and attracted hundreds of entrants over the last five months. The event is designed to help improve one’s cardiovascular fitness, as well as their overall health. Subsequently, the overall aim of the Aquathon is to support Aspire Zone’s vision to encourage a healthy lifestyle through fun and popular physical activities such as, running and swimming. The winners are: Junior Female, Aoife Swords; Open Female, Elizabeth Sparks; Veteran Female, Wendy Mountford; Open Male, Julien Periard; Veteran Male, Ray Lawrence andTeam, Siversky/Tanner. The Peninsula