Terry's Challenge honors memory of late fitness instructor
Terry Page, who was all about helping others take better care of themselves, would’ve loved Terry’s Challenge.
Now in its 15th year, the Terry’s Challenge Duathlon and 5K — which is held in Page’s memory — will be held this weekend at Ledford High School. Proceeds will go to the YMCA of Greater High Point, for which Page once worked, to benefit its youth scholarship program.
“Terry was just a real sweet man, and everybody thought a lot of him,” said event organizer Kara Loggins, director of health and well-being at the Hartley Drive Family YMCA. “He taught a lot of group exercise classes. He encouraged a lot of people to get fit and be healthier.”
Page, who lived in Jamestown, died in 1999.
Before coming to the Central Family YMCA in April 1998 as senior program director, he worked as a group exercise instructor and building supervisor. He also worked at the Carl Chavis YMCA and at the YMCA’s Camp Cheerio.
Prior to working for the YMCA, he served many years as the assistant director of residential services for the Guilford County Mental Illness Treatment Center, during which time he worked with troubled teens.
Page, only 37 when he died of complications from pneumonia, had been planning a fitness challenge for YMCA members before his death, so YMCA officials decided to go forward with the event in his memory — thus the name Terry’s Challenge.
At Saturday’s event, participants may run the 5K course or compete in the duathlon (a 5K run and 30K bike ride) individually or with a partner.
In addition, “virtual racers” can support Terry’s Challenge financially and receive an event T-shirt without actually running or biking.
Proceeds will go to the YMCA’s “Friends of Youth” scholarship program. Among other things, the scholarship program provides funds for disadvantaged youths in the High Point community to attend summer day camp at Hartley YMCA, Chavis YMCA, Grubb YMCA and YMCA Camp Cheerio.
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The 15th Annual Terry’s Challenge Duathlon and 5K will be held Saturday, at 8 a.m., at Ledford High School.
Participants may run the 5K course or compete in the duathlon (a 5K run and 30K bike ride) individually or with a partner.
The entry fee is $30 for the duathlon (or $50 for a team), $25 for the 5K only, $15 for a virtual racer (support the event and receive a T-shirt without running or biking).
Participants can register at the Hartley Drive Family YMCA by 8 p.m. today, or at the event between 6:30 and 7:45 a.m.
For more information, contact Kara Loggins at 869-0151 or email@example.com.