Residents who want to try a duathlon for the first time can participate in the “Run, Bike, Run” event for free.

Registration for the race, which is at 8 a.m. Sept. 14 at Belton Lake Outdoor Recreation Area is free, which means it’s the perfect opportunity for residents who have never participated in a duathlon to try one for the first time, said Toni Kornegay, recreation assistant at Abrams Physical Fitness Center.

“It’s a part of the (Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation) program. It just makes it easier for everyone to be able to participate considering it’s something they wanna do for their health,” Kornegay said. “We try to make it as easily accessible as possible.”

Fort Hood has been hosting monthly races since March and will continue to do so throughout the year.

“We typically get about 300 to 350 (participants),” she said. So far, 270 people have preregistered for the upcoming race, which is open to soldiers and their families as well as civilians.

“We offer it so we can give the families and the soldiers an opportunity to do things that are healthy,” she said. “Fun things that are healthy and family-oriented and (also good for) individuals.”

The race was originally scheduled as a triathalon, but due to water levels is now a duathalon with a 5K, followed by a 12-mile bicycle ride and ending with another 5K.

“This is going to be a little tougher,” she said. “The die-hards can come on out and challenge themselves.”

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