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Alzheimer's Association of CNY seeks 'indoor warriors'

— The Central New York Alzheimer’s Association is calling upon “indoor warriors” to run, cycle, and swim to a cure for an untreatable disease.

At 1 p.m. April 7, a maximum of 100 participants ranging in age and athletic ability will compete in Syracuse’s first Indoor Warrior Triathlon event, set to take place at Gold’s Gym, 7455 Morgan Road, Liverpool.

“There is a huge market in the Central New York area for triathlons and marathons,” said Jared Paventi, chief communications officer of the Alzheimer’s Association, Central New York Chapter. “The snow is just now starting to break and we wanted something that would almost provide a training opportunity for athletes during the summer.”

Unlike outdoor triathlons, the Indoor Warrior Triathlon incorporates a 10-minute swim, 30-minute bike ride and a 20-minute long-distance run. Athletes have a period of seven minutes between each competition.

Alzheimer’s is the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States, effecting more than five million Americans (one in eight older Americans). The disease is progressive and chronic, with no current treatment or prevention method available.

Through the advancement of research and enhancing the level of care and support for those affected, the Alzheimer’s Association of Central New York is a voluntary health organization dedicated to promoting awareness of the disease in addition to recognizing the role of caregiver.

“The ultimate endurance event is Alzheimer’s caregiving,” said Paventi. “Caregiving you spend your 24 hour with someone… plus you spend an additional 12 hours with that individual with Alzheimer’s worrying about making sure everything is okay with them and dealing with the anxiety that they’re safe.”

Currently, 60 participants are registered to compete in the triathlon. The $60 entry fee includes a participation award, an athlete gift and a three-month online training program, with workout and dietary suggestions, provided by Gold’s Gym.

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