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Fitness center hosts Duathalon Challenge

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- If swimming isn't your forte, then this weekend's Duatholon Challenge is the perfect event for you.

The Vandenberg fitness center is hosting the event 9 a.m. Saturday on North Vandenberg in replace of the scheduled triathlon. Swimming is no longer an option since the base pool is closed due to recent vandalism.

"A duathlon is an athletic event (not to be confused with a biathlon) that consists of a running leg, followed by a cycling leg and then another running leg in a format bearing some resemblance to triathlons," said Pamela Coffey, director of the 30th Force Support Squadron fitness center. 

Vandenberg is not hosting a normal duathlon, but a much more intense Dualthlon Challenge. 

"The Vandenberg Duathlon Challenge will be a modified duathlon incorporating two bike segments and two running segments," Ms. Coffey said. "The location will prove to be very exciting and challenging. There will be hills, curves and amazing scenery. This event will provide our customers with something a bit out of our norm." 

Participants in the Vandenberg Duathlon will bike 1.2 miles, run 3 miles, bike 10.2 miles and finish by running another 3 miles.

People who are interested in the Duathlon Challenge should stop by the fitness center to register and pick up a map of the event.