Capital Region Aquatic Center fitness challenge is going viral

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The Capital Region Aquatic Center, which is expected to open in two years, is hosting its first Virtual Fitness Challenge Aug. 24-Sept. 7.

 Participants will have that two-week block to log their miles while swimming, biking, running or walking, and the top three performers in each sport will receive a prize. Prizes are still to be determined.

“We’ve all been cooped up. It’s a great opportunity to get active,” said Haley Moffatt, a spokesperson for the Capital Region Aquatic Center. “We have reached out to swim clubs to get involved, but it’s open to anyone. Anyone of any age can participate and compete.”

A portion of the proceeds will go to Special Olympics New York, and Special Olympians who participate in the challenge will receive a prize.

“We were looking for an organization in the area that might be able to use the facility in the future,” Moffatt said. “We admire the work they do, and this is a way to pay it forward.”

Another portion of the proceeds will go towards the as-yet-to-be-built Capital Region Aquatic Center at Mohawk Harbor in Schenectady. The 80,000-square-foot, multi-pool, aquatic complex is slated to open in 2022.

 “The aquatic center will serve people of all ages in a variety of ways,” Moffatt said.

Learn to swim programs, aquatic therapy and swim competitions will be among the facilities’ offerings. Moffatt said national and regional swim competitions could bring significant revenue to Schenectady business.

“We will be bringing people in from all over the country,” she said.

Registration for the Virtual Fitness Challenge is open through Aug. 23. Those interested in participating can find registration information on the event page of the Capital Region Aquatic Center Facebook account. Questions can be emailed to

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Reach Jim Schiltz at [email protected] or @jim_schiltz on Twitter.

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