Johnson University to host Heels, Wheels Duathlon

The fourth annual Heels and Wheels Duathlon will take place on campus, April 18.
The event will begin at 9:30 a.m., with registration at 8 a.m. Wells Fargo will sponsor the event along with other corporations, which will feature running, biking and walking, and allow entrants to raise money through pledges for a participating non-profit of their choice.

“It’s unique. Not many people do something like this,” said Ken Underwood, Johnson University athletic director. “It’s unique, and it’s cool, and it’s here. And, it’s a great way to help a bunch of other people.”

The duathlon will consist of a 5k run, followed by an 18k bike ride and a 3k run. Participants can compete individually, as a team, or opt to partake in the less competitive 5k run, or fun walk. Underwood said registration fees run $35-$50 per person.

In addition to pledges, charities will receive a portion of the registration money at the discretion of Johnson University.

“We will clear over $50,000,” Underwood said.

“This event, it requires a lot of coordination, and a lot of volunteers,” said Underwood. The event needs around 60-100 volunteers. Johnson students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to help and should stay tuned to upcoming campus announcements.

Members of the Johnson community are also welcome to compete in the event. Anyone interesting in registering can visit the Heels and Wheels website.