NBK Bangor Promotes Fitness with Duathlon

Story Number: NNS100624-02Release Date: 6/24/2010 1:55:00 PM
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By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class (SW/AW) Michael Wagoner, Navy Public Affairs Support Element West, Det. Northwest

SILVERDALE, Wash. (NNS) -- Naval Base Kitsap (NBK) Bangor fitness center and Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) hosted their seventh annual Duathlon event for Sailors and their family members June 23.

The race was divided into three parts and consisted of a one-and-a-half mile run, followed by a three-mile bike, and concluded with a final one-and-a-half mile run.

Lisa Bertolacci, NBK Bangor fitness center fitness specialist, coordinated the event to provide Sailors and their family members with an opportunity to promote fitness and build morale.

"It gets them out and moving, doing something, which we all need to do whether you're in shape or not...," said Bertolacci. "It also incorporates some event that they probably wouldn't normally get to do."

The event promoted Navy fitness and motivated some command fitness leaders (CFL) to participate as well.

Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Jose Saenz, Navy Operational Support Center (NOSC) Kitsap CFL, from San Diego, Calif. said he jumped at the opportunity to get his command involved in the event.

"It's pretty nice that we saw that one and put it out for the command and they thought,hey, this is awesome," Saenz said.

Chief Machinist's Mate (SS) Curtis Mastalski, USS Los Angeles (SSN 688) auxiliary division leading chief petty officer, from Coupon, Pa. said he was there with command leadership, including the ship's commanding and executive officers, to promote a culture of fitness.

"We've come out to do a command event and get out and get active," said Mastalski.

There were awards for first, second, and third place for Individual Men, Individual Women and a Team award. Commands were also able to earn Captain's cup points through the event.

For more news from Naval Base Kitsap, visit www.navy.mil/local/kitsap/.

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