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Columbus Possum Town Mini Triathlon

Posted by Heather Black | August 18, 2012 / 03:22pm | Local News
With Mississippi being one of the most obese states, local communities are finding new ways to promote healthier living. the Columbus Possum Town Mini Triathlon had folks from all over the U.S. came to test their limits.

600 yards of swimming, 17 miles of biking, and 3.2 miles of running. You may think the participants are crazy for putting their bodies through so much physical activity, but they're all competing to see how far they can push themselves while promoting a healthier lifestyle. 59 year old Stan Murray has competed in other triathlons, but this is the first time he is competing as a team.

"I have done five triathlons I'm a very slow swimmer so doing a relay was a real attraction to me. So I am looking forward to just being a relay guy this time," said Stan Murray.

Murray admits even though biking is something he enjoys it takes daily commitment to prepare for a race like this.

"I have been doing some time trials to see how fast I can ride 17 miles.You've got to prepare every day and I have learned when it comes to will power to pass up those good things you like to eat, my will power is still lacking," said Murray.

Brad Rollins, who grew up in Columbus, has competed in over 100 traithlons and duathlons including an Ironman. He first became interested in the idea when he was a young boy.

"When I was probably 12 years old I used to go to the Neshoba County fair with a friend. And they have one of the longest running triathlons in the country and so we would see the guys come running back in to the fair and I always thought, man that looks pretty cool, but never really thought I would do it," Brad Rollins.

Rollins wants to encourage others to take the first step towards a healthier lifestyle.

"Your body is capable of putting out a lot more effort than you think it can. I started when I was a couch potato way over weight and out of shape. Just slowly started jogging and gave it a go and loved it," Rollins.
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