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Oxford CrossFit Sponsors “My First Tri” for Athletes on May 7

Graphic provided by Oxford CrossFit
Graphic provided by Oxford CrossFit

Oxford CrossFit is hosting the “My First Tri” triathlon on Saturday, May 7, at 9 a.m. at Clear Creek in Sardis.

Oxford CrossFit, a gym in Oxford, Mississippi, is dedicated to health, fitness and community. Brady Williamson, the owner of CrossFit, said the triathlon is focused on beginner athletes, but all levels of athletes are encouraged to participate in the race.

“While our initial focus is on beginner triathletes, we encourage athletes at all levels to compete. Accommodations are offered for athletes that are in need,” Williamson said. “For instance, you may swim 300m or water/stationary row instead. The race also includes trail and road options for the 5K run and 10K bike.”

Williamson said that triathlons can be intimidating, but the “My First Tri” seeks to end that feeling. By having multiple first-time triathletes participate in this race, CrossFit hopes to encourage new and healthy habits in the athletes to continue.

“Triathlons, like Crossfit, can be intimidating, but this intimidation and anxiety is unnecessary. Triathletes, whether they’re just starting or they are seasoned veterans, struggle,” Williamson said. “Our goal is to have more first-timers participate in a triathlon, and maybe it starts other habits in their lives in other areas of fitness.”

The cost to enter the race is $25 or $30 the day of the race. Visit runsignup.com to register for the “My First Tri” race. The proceeds from the race will benefit the Army ROTC and the Regents School athletes.

“From experience, knowing your community is behind your military service makes all the difference. Also, an event like this, goes hand in hand with their training,” Williamson said. “Furthermore, we strongly support Regents mission to disciple students to love, serve, and glorify God to become godly men and women. We want our kids at Regents to admire the athlete/Soldier/Servant.”

Williamson said that it all can be summed up by a quote from an Iron Man that the students at Regents recited in Chapel on Wednesday, “God has blessed us with bodies capable of far more than we can ever ask of them, minds that can hold far more than we can put into them, and souls that can commune with the Most High, Himself.”


Emily Newton is a staff writer for hottytoddy.com and the editor of Experience Oxford magazine. Emily can be reached at emily.newton@hottytoddy.com

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