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Fitness briefs: Kettlebell tourney; indoor triathlon at JCC; Sledding Day in Marshall

| Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014, 9:00 p.m.


Kettlebell tourney set for Jan. 18

The Pittsburgh Kettlebell Classic will return to Western Pennsylvania for its second year with a day of competition from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Jan. 18 in the Pittsburgh Sports Performance Center in Bridgeville.

Men and women will be able to compete at various levels, with differing weights distinguishing the categories. Men and women up to age 50 can compete in the “adults” division, while those older than 50 on the day of the competition will compete in the “veterans” division.

Exercises for men include the biathlon, long cycle and snatch. Exercises for female “adults” include the snatch, one-arm long cycle and one-arm biathlon. Exercises for female “veterans” include just the snatch.

All exercises will have a 10-minute time limit.

The championship will be conducted under the rules of the American Kettlebell Alliance Inc. and International Union of Kettlebell Lifting. Prizes will go to the top three finishers.

For details, visit

Squirrel Hill

Jewish center plans indoor triathlon

The Jewish Community Center of Greater Pittsburgh will sponsor an indoor triathlon beginning at noon Jan. 20 in the center's Squirrel Hill location.

Depending on age group, participants will swim up to 500 yards, bike up to 4 miles and run or walk up to 2 miles. Each participant will receive a T-shirt, and winners will be honored during an awards ceremony after the competition.

Entry fees are $20 for members younger than 16 and $25 for members 16 and older through Friday. Price for nonmembers is $50.

A Groupon discount is available. For details, visit


Sledding Day to feature snowshoeing event

Venture Outdoors is hosting a snowshoeing event in conjunction with Marshall Township's Sledding Day on Jan. 25 in Knob Hill Park.

The snowshoe event, which runs from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., will cover the basics of snowshoeing and will include a hike over a trail suitable for children and adults. If there isn't enough snow to snowshoe, participants will practice in the grass before going for a hike in Knob Hill.

Cost for the Venture Outdoors event is $15 for nonmembers, $10 for adult members and $6 for children. For details, visit

Sledding Day festivities will run from 1 to 3 p.m. There is no fee, but registration is required. To register, call 724-935-3090, ext. 115, by Jan. 23.


Health, nutrition fair to include 8K race

The second annual Cold Hands, Warm Heart Health and Nutrition Fair will take place Feb. 8 in UpTown Fitness' facility at 655 Church St. in Indiana.

The event will include an 8K race designed by running experts at Gingerbread Running Man Co. as well as the Uptown Throwdown: Ultimate Fitness Challenge, which includes the 8K race along with military-style challenges such as tire flips, rope pulls and Army crawls.

The health and nutrition fair will feature a variety of vendors, blood-pressure screening booths, nutrition counseling and food samples from Indiana restaurants and businesses. Experts will be available to talk about cardiac awareness.

The cost for the 8K is $25, while cost for the fitness challenge is $35. Proceeds will benefit the Center for Cardiac and Vascular Care at Indiana Regional Medical Center.

For details, visit

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