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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, announced today that the inaugural EnduraHealth Summit race season kick-off will take place on Saturday, March 3, 2012 from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. 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 endurance athletes, ranging from first-time triathletes and marathoners to “weekend warriors,” to help them prepare for and remain healthy during this race season. The Summit will include a Meet & Greet with local professional triathletes and a panel of several renowned doctors from Virginia Hospital Center including a primary care physician; a cardiologist; pulmonologist, Dr. Jeff Hales; and orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Ben Kittredge.

Dr. Hales studied at Duke University, Vanderbilt University, and Johns Hopkins University, gaining experience in internal, pulmonary, and critical care medicine. Hales is the Chief of the Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Division at Virginia Hospital Center and specializes in specializes in lung medicine with a focus on airways disorders such as asthma.

Dr. Kittredge has always had a desire to work with and care for athletes of all kinds. As a runner himself, Kittredge has taken a special interest in running and triathlon injuries. While completing fellowships in sports medicine at Jefferson Medical College and Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia, Pa., Kittredge nurtured his interest in sports medicine by serving as assistant team physician for the Philadelphia Eagles, Flyers, and Phillies. His surgical specialties include ACL reconstruction and arthroscopic shoulder stabilization.

“We are very excited to work 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. “It is essential for these athletes to learn how to prepare and take care of their bodies and we thought the EnduraHealth Summit would be a great opportunity to make sure everyone in informed and healthy for the upcoming race season.”

Local professional triathletes Kyle Pawlaczyk (Virginia) and Kristin Andrews (Maryland) will also be on hand to answer athletes’ questions and share tips on how to prepare for and recover from endurance events. Pawlaczyk, entering this third year as a professional triathlete, has recorded several top-five and top-ten finishes, including a fifth place finish Ironman 70.3 Poconos and an eighth place finish at Ironman 70.3 EagleMan. Andrews celebrates her inaugural pro season in 2011 with a first place finish at the Iron Girl Columbia Triathlon and a second place finish at the Racine Ironman. Before turning pro, she set an amateur record by 10 minutes at the 2010 Ironman Lake Placid.

“EnduraSummit is a great way to prepare endurance athletes of all backgrounds and experience levels for the 2012 race season,” said Robert Vigorito, President, and founder of TriColumbia. “We are excited to have the opportunity to work with the Virginia Hospital Center and are looking forward to a successful inaugural event.”

Interested vendors should contact Eve Hemsley at 443.864.4246.

For more information and to RSVP, visit the EnduraHealth Summit.

About Virginia Hospital Center

Virginia Hospital Center has provided exceptional medical services to the Washington, DC metropolitan area for 70 years and was again named one of America’s 100 Top Hospitals® and 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals® by Truven Health Analytics. The hospital is a proud member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network – a national network of independent healthcare organizations. Virginia Hospital Center is a 350-bed not-for-profit, teaching facility, and it is designated as a Magnet® hospital by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. For more information on Virginia Hospital Center Health System, CLICK HERE.

About TriColumbia

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 current president, race director and 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.  For more, visit TriColumbia.org.


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