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‘Tri’ and succeed

Jen Watkins, Of the Record staff

Five Parkites competed at the Age Group and Elite National Championships, a national triathlon, in Tuscalossa, Ala., on Aug. 22 after finishing in the top 12 of their qualifying event. The triathlon included a 1500 meter swim, 24.9 mile bike race and 6.2 mile run.

Scott Davis finished 8th and Ken Chakine finished 51st in the mens’ 40-44 division, Kari Davis finished 6th in the womens’ 45-49 division, Aaron Dewald finished 63rd in the mens’ 30-34 division and Beth Melville finished 10th in the womens’ 40-44 division.

Melville also qualified to represent Team USA at the Olympic Distance World Championships in the Gulf Coast of Australia in September. Scott and Kari Davis will represent Team USA at the Long Course World Championships in Perth, Australia in October.

The five competitors all belong to the local Seven Sins triathlon club, a club that prepares athletes to compete in triathlon events.

Seven Sins currently has 60 members and is open to anyone who wants to train for a triathlon. Scott Davis, who started the club this year, said the club takes in amateurs, as well as those with a lot of experience, like Melville, who will compete with Scott and Kari Davis on Team USA at the 2010 Olympic World Championships in Budapest, Hungary.

"The athletes are everything from beginner, like sprinters, and up to those doing Ironman," he said. "It’s all levels because 20-30 percent of people will do their first triathlon this year."

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He said he and his wife started the club to help athletes "find people to train with, travel to races with and do races with."

The club has swim practices, track practices and group bike rides to help the new athletes learn from the more experienced athletes, he said.

"We have really good athletes in the community," he said. "We’ve developed a real bond. (The club members) are really excited about having the [club] and representing Park City."

The initial member fee for the club is $100 and includes a team shirt and socks, as well as discounts at several local retailers. The club will hold a triathlon race in Kona, Hawaii, next year and already have 34 club members signed up to attend.

For more information on the club or to view video blogs of the national event, visit http://www.sevensinsmultisport.com. For more information call Kari Davis at 435-640-2223.