Duathlon takes over city core

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Duathlon September 27 2020

On your mark, get set, go …

An air horn marked the beginning of both a historical and unique event in the city’s downtown core Sunday.

The second annual DU283, a duathlon event in support of the Algoma Family Services Foundation took off from the Machine Shop under windy and rainy conditions.

Due to COVID, only 100 participants could be involved in this year’s race.

According to Sonny Spina, it is one of only two sanctioned events in all of Ontario this year and the foundation’s flagship event.

“This is our second annual du283 duathlon in support of children’s mental health here in Sault Ste. Marie, you know, a couple years ago, we had this idea through the Algoma Family Services Foundation, to engage the youth in our community through physical activity, so we could help promote mental health and well-being throughout the youth in our entire district,” said Spina. “This is our flagship event and we’re really excited to be able to do this for a second year and continue to bring this to Sault Ste. Marie in the future.”

Algoma Family Services Foundation helps raise funds that go toward specialized services for children, youth, adults and families in the Algoma District through Algoma Family Services.

The services are offered by skilled professionals and are client centred, family-focused and evidence-based.

They specialize in child and youth mental health as well as other services needed by the community.

Tyler Belanger is both a participant and Owner of 17 Barbells Strength and Conditioning in town. He said as much as it’s about AFS it’s also about overcoming some fears.

It’s important to, well, to get out (and) get back out to the community, even though you know there’s a lot of fear heading around here,” said Belanger. “I think if you stay, you stay safe and you follow your guidelines and prioritize your health and everyone in the community comes together and makes everybody support and have some fun.”

The winners of the different events and amounts raised were not available at the time of print.