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Athletic Training Majors Volunteer at Ironman Competition

On September 28, a group of Lee University athletic training students, along with faculty and staff, served as medical volunteers at the inaugural Chattanooga Ironman Competition. The competition, consisting of a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bicycle ride and a marathon 26.2-mile run, is widely considered one of the most difficult one-day sporting events in the world. Dr. Kelly Lumpkin, assistant professor of athletic training at Lee, and staff members Alex Grell and Kathleen Kerecman, along with off-campus preceptors (i.e. clinical instructors) Jessica Covert and Rebecca Parker of Benchmark and Kim Tucker of Center for Sports Medicine, traveled to Chattanooga with eight Lee students who were disbursed as volunteers throughout the Ironman event. Students served by distributing waters, transporting ill participants to the medical tent, and assisting physicians and nurses in the tent with monitoring racers, taking vitals, and whatever else was needed. Pictured here (photo left, clockwise) is Lumpkin, Tyler Camera, Garett Bowdle, Maci Fox, Natalia Valencia and Tim Andrews; (upper right photo, l to r) Valencia, Jessica Covert; (bottom right photo, l to r) Mattison Sparks, Hannah Miller. (Not pictured here is sophomore Emily Bryan)
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