Roller race helps KidSport

Sharon and Roger Annis, the new owners of Breakaway Fitness, are preparing for the inaugural roller race Saturday. - Tyler Lowey/Morning Star
Sharon and Roger Annis, the new owners of Breakaway Fitness, are preparing for the inaugural roller race Saturday.
— image credit: Tyler Lowey/Morning Star

Breakaway Fitness Centre is giving Vernon bikers a chance to bring their wet wheels indoors for a drag race.

On Saturday from noon to 3 p.m,, there will be a roller race to raise money for KidSport and to celebrate Breakaway’s new ownership.

“We are trying to get people excited about this new sport. The people here are fairly unknown to it,” said co-owner Sharon Annis.

The bikes are stationary with the rear wheel attached to a pair of big rollers that rotates as the athletes pedal. The rollers are hooked up to TVs which display the race like a video game.

Teams of two or four will compete in races 500-2,000 metres.

Roller racing is relatively new in Canada, while the U.S. and the U.K. have been doing it for decades. Kamloops has held roller races at the Tournament Capital Centre in the past few years.

People of all ages are encouraged to sign up. Teams can contact Breakaway Fitness for registration. It is free to sign up, but Breakaway is accepting donations for KidSports, which provides underprivileged children with the opportunity to play sports.

Breakaway T-shirts and water bottles will be given away all afternoon and there will be a hot dog and hamburger tent with all proceeds going to KidSport.

There will also be two one-year gym memberships to Breakaway Fitness given away after the races. Drop-in workout fees will be reduced to $5 during the race.

The event is also to commemorate the new ownership at Breakaway. Roger and Sharon Annis took over the gym about a month ago.

“We are really excited about the gym. We want to make working out affordable for the people of Vernon and make it a family environment,” said Roger.


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