Winter months in Western New York can feel isolating and we know that mental wellness can be impacted by the seasons. With limited activities in the winter months, this was one of the reasons the Kick Cabin Fever (KCF) Indoor Triathlon was started. This year’s thirteenth annual event will take place on Saturday, February 5, 2022 at 9 a.m. at Chautauqua Health and Fitness in the Turner Community Center at 4840 W. Lake Rd. in Chautauqua, N.Y.
Cheryl Burns, a local triathlete began the indoor triathlon one year after her brother Marty Miller died by suicide due to several years of depression. The intent of this event is to get people moving during one of the toughest winter months in Chautauqua County.
Burns said, “KCF was designed for everyone. This event is a reason to move, have fun, compete and enjoy some cool swag. This is a time where wonderful people come to cheer and/or help at a time where we can be pretty fed up with winter.”
Carri Raynor, Coordinator of the Alliance said, “We know the word triathlon can be intimidating, but we want people to use this event as a way to get their body moving and to feel good. We encourage first timers as well as seasoned athletes. This is an opportunity to try something for the first time, and have fun doing it. The three events; swim, bike, and run only last a total of 45 minutes, and you’ll find positive encouragement along the way.”
Participants can register to complete the triathlon solo or as a team of three members. The cost is $35 per individual or $75 per team.
There are approximately 20 volunteers, including friends and family, that make sure the day is fun and runs smoothly for competitors. All proceeds for the Kick Cabin Fever Indoor Triathlon stay in Chautauqua County for suicide prevention efforts. The Alliance was formed when local professionals from the mental health and other health care fields saw a great need in the community for supports and education around suicide prevention. Over the past several years The Alliance and its partner agencies have worked together to train local community members in suicide prevention and awareness. To learn more about the events they host and for more information, visit their website at preventsuicidechq.com.
If you would like to support a great cause with wonderful volunteers, many great people to share the day, and the best reason to get out and have some fun in February, register using this link. For additional information, visit www.facebook.com/KickCabinFever.
Chautauqua Health and Fitness
Turner Community Center
4840 W. Lake Rd.
Chautauqua , NY 14722