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Bret Lucas, NCH Wellness Center Personal Trainer, Gets Sendoff to 2,400-Mile Bike Ride to Ironman Triathlon in Canada

Tue July 03 2012 6:32 am
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Bret Lucas sendoff from Northwest Community Wellness Center to Subaru Ironman Canada in Penticton, British Columbia (See over 150 more photos on

Destination Ironman Canada
Bret Lucas is on his way to Penticton, British Columbia — the host city of the Canadian Ironman Triathlon. First, he received a fantastic sendoff from friends and fellow employees in the lobby of Northwest Community Hospital’s Wellness Center. The Prospect High School Knights Drum Line was there for the celebration. Bret Lucas, a personal trainer at NCH Wellness Center, took the opportunity to explain his bike, equipment, supplies and his plans. He plans to bike to his destination, the Subaru Ironman Canada Triathon (2.4 mi swim, 112 mi Bike, 26.2 mi run), which is held August 26, 2012. He’ll use a different bike for the actual triathlon. On the way, he will also train for the run and swim, because muscle endurance, strength, power and stability factors specific to swimming and running still need training, too. He’ll find water to train for swimming, including the Missouri River. He has a blog and Facebook page (see below) to document his journey, and part of his gear includes a Go Pro HD video camera and iPhone. Fans are looking forward to video and images of his adventure. Other gear includes a two-person tent, portable mattress pad, solar charger for his Apple iPhone, towels

Bret Lucas has participated in five ironman competitions and many local runs. At age 41, he ran 41:45.9 in the 2009 Salute Run 10K in Arlington Heights. In 2007 he finish the Twin Lakes Triathlon in Palatine with a time of 1:19:55 (swim/8:40, bike/38:22, run/33:07), and placed sixth.

On Monday about 11:15 a.m., he headed out of the NCH Wellness parking lot to Chipolte for lunch, and then to McHenry for dinner with friends. This morning he should be on his way for a 100-mile leg of his trip to Madison, Wisconsin. His journey covers seven states and 2,400 miles.

NCH Wellness Center also has a Wellness Quest Fest British Columbia 2012 to coincide with Bret’s journey. NCH Wellness Center members will earn miles through their workouts. There will also be weekly raffles and a grand price drawing at the end of an eight-week competition. The NCH Wellness Center is an 83,000 square foot fitness, rehab, and wellness facility located at 900 West Central Road in Arlington Heights, Illinois.

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Ironman Canada —

Bret’s Blog —

Bret Lucas Facebook —

NCH Wellness Center —

NCH Wellness Center Facebook page —

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