Countdown to the Underwater Marathon

Countdown to the Underwater Marathon

Can you believe it, that the first ever HydroWorx underwater marathon is only 4 days away? Neither can we!

The first HydroWorx Underwater Marathon is set for this Sunday, September 9, 2012 at Troeg’s Brewery in Hershey, Pa. CEO Anson Flake, filled with passion and excitement shared his motivation behind creating this amazing event.

“We wanted to do something to give back to the special ops forces men and women who have given us so much of their bodies, minds and souls.  As the maker of underwater treadmills, we decided to put together an underwater marathon, and with the assistance of The Andrews Institute and Athletes’ Performance, we will.”

The Eagle Fund, a designated fund within the Andrews Institute Foundation, enables wounded warriors to rehabilitate at the Andrews Institute for Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine and Athletes’ Performance using proven technologies including water therapy and conditioning on a revolutionary HydroWorx 2000 Series pool with adjustable underwater treadmill floor depth.  It is to this Fund that we’re giving all monies raised.”


Each runner will be submerged to the middle of his or her chest in one of three pools equipped with portable HydroWorx X80 underwater treadmills.  In this aquatic environment that’s been heralded and utilized by recent Olympic medalists Galen Rupp and Mo Farah, as well as scores of professional athletes, medical experts and fitness fans around the world, any person can maintain a comfortable pace and compete against the clock. 

Throughout the day-long Underwater Marathon event, runners will complete 5Ks, 10Ks, half-marathons or full-marathons.  With over 200 participants representing 20 corporate teams, the day promises to be memorable.  Of the registrants, a significant number of military men – active duty and retired – will participate, including the former National Commander of the American Legion (and a Naval veteran of the Korean War), Dominique DiFrancesco.

Now retired, DiFrancesco may be considered a “senior”, but is planning to commemorate his over five decades of service to his country by running on an underwater treadmill.

There are also a few participating via simulcast from locations through the US. Among the simulcast participants is the Muskegon Lumberjacks minor league hockey team. The Lumberjacks players, coaches and staff will all combine to run the total 26.2 miles in the afternoon session on Sunday. Once head athletic trainer Jeff Bennett heard about the HydroWorx event at the National Athletic Trainers Association’s annual conference in St. Louis, he was ready to get involved.

“Once I saw what it was all about, I needed to find a way to get our team involved,” Bennett told the team’s official website. “It just so happened that Mercy had a HydroWorx pool so we were able to organize it.”

Another contributor and simulcast participant to add to our incredible list is the Orthopedic Center of Illinois. They, among many, are dedicated to this cause and are ready to dive in and start running.

Major sponsors of the Underwater Marathon include Barrier Reef and Cleveland Brothers.  Other companies sponsoring the event are Highmark Blue Shield, ISTECH Incorporated, Drayer Physical Therapy Institute, Pinnacle Health, RLS Construction Group and McClure Company.


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