The University of Southern Indiana’s Occupational Therapy Department is co-sponsoring a biathalon in Owensboro, Kentucky on October 28. Proceeds of the 5K and bike race will go to the Brain Injury Adventure Camp (BIAC) of Robards, Kentucky. Other event sponsors include Don Moore GM Center in Owensboro and Hilliard Lyons Hobgood Financial Group. The biathalon includes a five-kilometer (3.1 mile) race and a ten-mile bike race, and will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, October 28 at Walnut Memorial Baptist Church in Owensboro.
USI is sponsoring the biathalon through a senior seminar project planned by occupational therapy majors Charis Miller of Owensboro, Kentucky, and Taz Kang of Seoul, Korea. Miller and Kang are partnering with BIAC, a facility that serves individuals with brain injuries, special needs, and other disabilities, to complete the service learning project. Their goal is to create occupational justice for all participants despite their physical or cognitive abilities.
Miller and Kang hope to raise enough money for BIAC to build sleeping quarters for their clients, which will allow them to host weekend-long events.
Miller and Kang are hopeful they can fulfill a major objective of their senior project, which is to register approximately 80 participants within the community to promote a healthy and active lifestyle.
Early-bird registration is open through Monday, October 15 and is $20 for individuals; $35 for relay team members. After October 15, registration is $30 for individuals; $40 for relay team members. Registration forms are available on the BIAC website.
An awards ceremony will immediately follow the biathalon. Trophies will be awarded to the top three male and female finishers; top male and female relay finishers; and top mixed relay finishers. All registered racers will be entered for gift card giveaways.
“We want to build awareness for BIAC in Evansville and Owensboro,” said Kang. “The biathalon will give BIAC the opportunity to invite the surrounding community to participate in their cause.”
For more information contact Miller, BIAC Biathalon coordinator, at 270/929-5259 or firstname.lastname@example.org.