VIRGINIA HOSPITAL CENTER & TRICOLUMBIA ANNOUNCE
2ND ANNUAL ENDURAHEALTH SUMMIT
Local professional triathletes, coaches, and renowned doctors share health & fitness tips with endurance athletes at Virginia Hospital Center on March 16th
Columbia, Md. – Virginia Hospital Center, a leading comprehensive healthcare facility in the Washington Metropolitan area, and TriColumbia, the Mid-Atlantic’s premier endurance event production company, are partnering with Whole Foods Market Arlington to host the 2nd Annual EnduraHealth Summit race season kick-off on Saturday, March 16, 2013 from 10 am – 12 pm at the John T. Hazel, MD Conference Center at Virginia Hospital Center.
EnduraHealth Summit will provide guidance and information on training, preparation, nutrition and recovery for the upcoming race season. Designed for first timers and “weekend warriors” to experienced triathletes, the Summit will include Question & Answer panels, Meet & Greet with local professional triathletes, coaches, and a panel of several renowned doctors from Virginia Hospital Center including:
“We are very excited to bring the EnduraHealth Summit back for its second year and partner with the experts at TriColumbia to prepare local endurance athletes for race season,” said Adrian Stanton, Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer at Virginia Hospital Center. “Whether you’re a seasoned veteran or a first-timer, it is essential for athletes to properly prepare and take care of their bodies while training for endurance events, and the EnduraHealth Summit is a great platform for athletes to get the answers they need from medical experts.”
Local professional triathletes Kristin Andrews (Maryland) and Suzy Serpico (Maryland) will be on hand to answer athletes’ questions and share tips on how to prepare for and recover from endurance events. Andrews, entering her third year as a professional triathlete, has recorded several top-five finishes in the 2012 season, including 3rd at EnduraFit Ironman 70.3 EagleMan Triathlon, 4th at Ironman 70.3 Racine, and 1st at Savageman Half. Before turning pro, she set an amateur record by 10 minutes at the 2010 Ironman Lake Placid. Serpico, entering into her 2nd season as a pro, leaves 2012 with a fourth place finish at Ironman Lake Placid and a personal record at Ironman Florida.
In addition, Brian Boyle, local triathlete, and author, will accompany Andrews and Serpico on the panel to discuss coming back from a car crash that almost took his life, to racing in the Ironman World Championship in Kona three and a half years later. Rounding out the panel, local triathlete coaches Anne Johnson and John Hughes will add their knowledge of training tips. Johnson, a USA Triathlon Level 1 Coach, has a passion for helping athletes achieve their fitness goals through TriFitness Training. Hughes has developed the Spin 90 cycling training program which simulates real life riding situations to help athletes become smarter and stronger on the roads.
“Our lineup of doctors, athletes and professional coaches makes this year’s EnduraHealth Summit an event that should not be missed by endurance athletes of all backgrounds and experience levels,” said Kari Ebeling, Chief Operating Officer of TriColumbia. “A lot of athletes do not have the chance to sit down with an expert cardiologist or professional triathlete to get specific information on their training regimen. Our event is a special opportunity for athletes to get some extremely valuable information.”
EnduraHealth Summit will also include the opportunity for attendees to check out local vendors, take a baseline on basic body statistics with free blood pressure, pulse and BMI screenings, and preview demonstrations of training programs hosted by coaches Anne Johnson and John Hughes.
Interested vendors should contact Eve Hemsley at 443.864.4246 or Eve@MaroonPR.com to reserve a booth.
For more information and to register, visit http://ehs2013.eventbrite.com [registration is required].
About Virginia Hospital Center
For over 60 years, Virginia Hospital Center has provided exceptional medical services to the Washington metropolitan area. Virginia Hospital Center is a 342-bed, $150 million state-of-the-art facility offering comprehensive healthcare and multiple Centers of Excellence including Cardiology & Cardiovascular Surgery, the Reinsch Pierce Family Center for Breast Health, Neuroscience, Oncology, Total Joint Replacement (hip and knee), Women & Infant Health and Urology. Growing service lines include Executive Health and the only Lung Cancer Center in Northern Virginia. Virginia Hospital Center is a teaching hospital, long-associated with Georgetown University’s School of Medicine, and accredited by The Joint Commission and Licensed by the Commonwealth of Virginia Department of Health. For additional information, please visit www.virginiahospitalcenter.com.
TriColumbia is a 501 (C)(3) nonprofit and the Mid-Atlantic’s premier endurance event production company providing an array of events for all ability levels across the triathlon/multisport continuum. Founded by 6-time Ironman Kona finisher, Robert Vigorito in 1983, the organization makes a difference for participating athletes by providing superior events and memories to last a lifetime, but also gives back to the community by supporting many local and regional charities, which provide a full spectrum of support for citizens in need. In 2012, TriColumbia contributed nearly $200,000 in direct donations to dozens of local and regional charities and community organizations, and enabled more than a dozen charity teams to fundraise in excess of $425,000 to support their missions.