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Wittenberg Hosts Second Annual Tiger Triathlon During Homecoming Weekend 2012

September 26, 2012  
 Filed in Community, Events

Springfield, Ohio – For the second consecutive year, Wittenberg University’s Homecoming Weekend will include an opportunity for friendly competition and much-needed exercise in the form of the Tiger Triathlon. The 2012 event begins at 8:30 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 7, in the HPER Center Natatorium, 250 Bill Edwards Drive, and the staging area will be located between the tennis courts and the athletics building.

Sponsored again this year by Orthopedic Surgeon Dr. Timothy Kremchek, Wittenberg class of 1981, and Beacon Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine of the Greater Cincinnati Area, the event aims to inspire healthy living and a good time. Last year’s inaugural Tiger Tri raised nearly $7,000 for the Wittenberg Guild Scholarship Fund, which awards scholarships to area students.

Co-race Director Jade Spicer Gianakopoulos, class of 1995, is a tri-athlete who came up with the concept and approached Kremchek. The success of the event, both in supporting students and in promoting healthy lifestyles, has led to a second chapter in its history as a Homecoming challenge to alumni and other tri-athletes.

Registration is open to anyone (not exclusive to Wittenberg community members) and is available online or in print at www.wittenberg.edu/tigertri. Participants can complete the race on their own, or they can compete as a member of a team. Pre-registration online guarantees a T-shirt, and the top three winners of each category will receive prizes.

The race includes a ¼-mile pool swim, a 16-mile bike ride on the bike path and a 3.2-mile run on campus with the entry cost of $40 for an individual, $25 for students or persons with a military I.D. or $60 per team.

The value of proper conditioning is so important to Kremchek that he took the lead on upgrading the training room at Wittenberg, which will be dedicated during Homecoming Weekend at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5, in the HPER Center. Kremchek, medical director and chief orthopaedic surgeon for the Cincinnati Reds and their minor league affiliates, has become a leader in the orthopaedic care of athletes across the country.

His professional interests range from advanced arthroscopic repair of the shoulder and knee injuries to total joint reconstructions and joint replacements. He has taken an active role in teaching orthopaedics and sports medicine, which has enabled him to be published in professional journals regarding orthopaedics and sports medicine. Kremchek has been featured on HBO’s Real Sports program regarding youth baseball injuries. He has also been featured in ESPN Magazine, Sports Illustrated and USA Today regarding other medical health topics.

In addition to Wittenberg, Kremchek is also the orthopaedist for Cincinnati’s Archbishop Moeller High School. A 1986 graduate of the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Kremchek completed his orthopaedic residency at Tufts University in Boston, Ma. In 1993, he completed a one-year Orthopaedic Sports Medicine Fellowship at the Alabama Sports Medicine Institute in Birmingham, Ala.

Written By: Phyllis Eberts

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