For Student Triathlon Club, Fitness and Camaraderie are the Goals

Bowdoin Triathlon Club at the Lobstermen Tri in Freeport: left to right, Cordelia Zars ’16, Mara Chin-Purcell ’14, Dan Lesser ’14, Ben Pallant ’16 and Soichi Hirokawa ’144

Bowdoin Triathlon Club at the Lobstermen Tri in Freeport: left to right, Cordelia Zars ’16, Mara Chin-Purcell ’14, Dan Lesser ’14, Ben Pallant ’16 and Soichi Hirokawa ’14

Although running, bicycling and swimming are solitary activities, triathletes Dan Lesser, Soichi Hirokawa and Mara Chin-Purcell believe in the benefits of belonging to a sports team. Hoping to find the camaraderie and support they’ve experienced before as varsity athletes, the three seniors have created a triathlon club at Bowdoin for aspiring triathletes.

Besides training for triathlons, the club organizers say their club also aims to help students achieve fitness and find a balanced life.

“The club is designed so people can incorporate training for their athletic goals, whether it’s their first 5k or fifth triathlon, while keeping up with other priorities, such as schoolwork or having a social life,” Hirokawa said.

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