Coaches Chair – “February Fitness” Challenge

Are you looking for some long distance swimming opportunities?  You have probably heard of USMS “Go the Distance,” but have you heard of the February Fitness Challenge?  This international long distance postal swimming event is hosted by the Tualatin Hills Barracudas.  The Challenge has always focused on promoting health and physical fitness but also adds a fun competitive edge.  Swimmers set a goal to swim as much yardage as possible during the month of February with the ultimate challenge of swimming 100,000 yards or more.  And there are some that have taken that goal to the extreme!  There are swimmers that have swum more than 600,000 yards in one month.

If you have participated in the Challenge in the past, you may remember paper entries and waiting until March for results.  Great news!  The Challenge has moved into the 21st century.  This year’s Challenge will be solely online and will continue with an interactive platform in which you can enter your results daily and compare them to other swimmers based on age or gender groups.  You can also keep up with daily rankings, like who swam the most on a certain date in February.  Now you can turn this event into an even more challenging swim or use the interactive platform to help you stay on track with your goals.  I found the interactive calendar very useful, it was an easy tool to track yardage and it was fun to be able to compare progress with others on the real-time leaderboard as the month went on.

So join the February Fitness Challenge mascot, the frog, and jump into the pool in February!  Challenge yourself, your friends, and your team to see how far you can swim and improve your fitness abilities.  We look forward to having you join the Tualatin Hills Barracudas in this great event.

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