Perkins County athletes win top spots at hospital’s ‘CHEWS It’ contest

Chase County Community Hospital “CHEWS It or Lose It” Amateur Triathlon was held in Imperial Saturday.
    The acronym CHEWS stands for Chase Healthcare Employee Wellness Program.  
    While the CHEWS program is related to healthcare employees, the triathlon is open to the public. The triathlon’s objective is to promote a healthy lifestyle to area residents.
    The triathlon involved six laps of swimming, four miles of biking and a 2.2 mile run/walk.
    A team of three people as well as individuals participated. Businesses were encouraged to sponsor teams for the event and compete for a traveling trophy, said Deb Hrcka, the hospital’s assistant executive director.  
    Residents could compete individually in all three events if they were not part of a registered team. In the three-person team division, each person chose which of the three activities in which they wished to compete.
    Winner of the individual  competition was Shana Kraus of Grant with a time of 41.04 minutes, placing her first in that division, as well as the best time overall.

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