CHAUTAUQUA, N.Y.:-- The Suicide Prevention Alliance of Chautauqua County is pleased to announce the 14th annual Kick Cabin Fever (KCF) Indoor Triathlon will take place on Saturday, February 4, 2023 at 9 a.m. at Chautauqua Health and Fitness at Turner Community Center, 4840 W. Lake Rd. in Chautauqua, N.Y.
Carri Raynor, Coordinator of the Alliance said, “Chautauqua County experiences the beauty of all four seasons, but we know that the winter months can be challenging for some. We can feel isolated, stuck, down and even depressed, all normal feelings during this time, so we want to promote a healthy outlet for those who are battling the winter blues and hoping to feel better by participating in a fun activity.”
Cheryl Burns, a local triathlete began the indoor triathlon one year after her brother Marty Miller died by suicide following several years of struggling with depression.
Burns said, “The intent of this event is to get people moving during one of the toughest winter months in Chautauqua County. Kick Cabin Fever is more than a physical event. It is an opportunity to build and strengthen connections to our neighbors and community assets, so we have outlets to lean on when we are experiencing mental challenges.”
“We have seen this event grow each year and want to encourage everyone of all ages to experience this fun event,” said Raynor. “You do not have to be a seasoned athlete to compete. The three events; swim, bike, and run only last a total of 45 minutes, and you’ll find positive encouragement along the way. Get together with some friends and create a team or come try it solo. Either way, you will leave with new connections and hope.”
There are approximately 20 volunteers, including friends and family, that make sure the day is fun and runs smoothly for competitors. The cost is $35 per individual or $75 per a team of two or three people. 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 participate in this year’s event, register at https://forms.gle/8aT7ch52CFa5Ry3Z8.
For additional information, visit www.facebook.com/KickCabinFever.