On Sunday, April 17, Ochsner Health System will sponsor the 3rd Annual Ochsner Ironman 70.3 New Orleans triathlon presented by Elmwood Fitness Center. As the Official Healthcare Provider of the event, Ochsner physicians and nurses will staff the first aid tent at the finish line and numerous employees will be volunteering throughout the race. Approximately 50 Ochsner employees will be participating in the Triathlon, including Ochsner Health System President and Chief Operating Officer, Warner Thomas, along with several other executives.
"Ochsner is committed to the health and wellness of our city, and we are proud to sponsor such a fantastic, active event that brings people from all over the world to New Orleans," said Thomas. "It's great to be surrounded by so many incredible athletes."
Elmwood Fitness Center's Ben Elder, a certified USA Triathlon Level-II coach, has been training several participants, including Elmwood Fitness Center's triathlon team, Team Rising Sun.
"Whether you participate as part of a relay team or on your own, triathlons offer something for everyone," said Elder. "Swimming, biking and running keep you engaged while keeping you active."
In support of Ochsner's health and wellness initiatives, the New Orleans Saints, an Ochsner community partner, are getting involved in the Ochsner Ironman event as well. "The New Orleans Saints are committed to promoting health and wellness in our region and have partnered with Ochsner on a number of programs to promote healthy lifestyles and fitness," said Rita Benson LeBlanc, Owner and Executive Vice President of the New Orleans Saints. "We are proud to support Ochsner's title sponsorship of yet another world class sporting event in New Orleans. Our high quality health care is key to peace of mind and events like the Ochsner Ironman 70.3 New Orleans add to the outdoor spice of our unique quality of life in New Orleans."
The Ochsner Ironman 70.3 New Orleans begins at UNO Research & Technology Park (2000 Lakeshore Drive) and finishes in Jackson Square. The event consists of a 1.2-mile swim in Lake Pontchartrain, 56-mile bike through New Orleans East and 13.1-mile run finishing in the French Quarter and attracts local, national and international athletes