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140317OSM triathlon runningMaybe you’ve run a few 5ks, a marathon or two. Maybe you’re a bicyclist or swimmer looking for something new. Have you every considered participating in a triathlon? Training for and competing in a triathlon is a great way to challenge yourself and vary your workout.

Dr. Sarah Kehl, a board-certified allergy and immunology specialist at Oregon Allergy Associates, was an avid runner and enjoyed swimming for years before she set her sights on her first triathlon.

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Oak Street Medical is gearing up for the Eugene Marathon! Members of our staff will be walking or running the flat and fast course ­— named in January as the Best of the Best by Runners World — choosing either the full (26.2 miles) or half (13.1) marathon course routes.

The Eugene Marathon has been praised by many as a fun and spirited event, and Oak Street Medical supports the participation of our providers and staff, for their health and wellness, by paying their entry fee. The first year, in 2007, more than 20 employees competed, and this year, we have staff and providers participating in both events, including our new nurse practitioner Cindy Smith, who is an avid runner.

This is a great event, whether you want to have a leisurely walk and talk with friends or challenge yourself to establish a personal record — or even qualify for another major marathon!

If walking or running is not your thing, the Eugene Marathon signs up dozens of volunteers, and welcomes hundreds of spectators who cheer from the sidelines!  Staff and providers, and all the race participants, appreciate the energy-boosting encouragement when the walking or running gets tough!

What’s next for Oak Street Medical Staff?  Well, it’s mud, sweat and hopefully not too many tears when many of our staff will participate in the Dirty Dash. We hope you are getting out and enjoying these and many other outdoor activities that Eugene has to offer!   

Dr. Sarah Kehl (purple cap, center) tackles the first leg of the Pacific Crest Olympic Triathlon.

I competed in my first Olympic distance triathlon on June 24. I’d been having a lot of fun competing in the shorter-distance triathlons over the last few summers, and decided to challenge myself with a “real” triathlon. Once I signed up for the Pacific Crest Olympic Triathlon, I immediately got butterflies in my stomach. I wondered if I had the time to train for such long distances, and if I had the strength to compete in a race that I knew would take me about four hours to complete. I pushed those thoughts out of my head, and just concentrated on the three components of the race: the swim, the bike ride and the run.

The swim
First was the swim. This race was going to be a one-mile swim in a very cold lake near Sunriver. I thought I’d tackle that segment first, since I love swimming, and I figured it would be the easiest part of the race for me. I went to Fern Ridge one night after work with a group of fellow triathletes and swam about 1.2 miles. It wasn’t too cold, especially with a wet suit on. The water was really murky, and my goggles fogged up a lot, so it was hard to stay focused on the buoy markers. But I wasn’t winded, so I figured that was enough training for the swim, and moved on to biking and running. 

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Dr. Andrew Gilchrist mountain biking

At Oak Street Medical, we do our best to walk the talk when it comes to fitness and wellness. As a healthcare clinic, our providers and staff understand the importance of regular exercise, eating healthy and striving to meet personal goals, and we encourage one another to adopt these healthy habits.

By promoting a culture of wellness, our hope is that patients will be inspired to follow in our footsteps and walk, run, bike, swim and play more often.

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