Highmark Quad Games Season Announced; New Event Location Named, Celebration Atmosphere
Erie, PA – Today, the YMCA of Greater Erie was joined by supporters of the Highmark QUAD Games - a long-standing fitness event that inspires the Erie community to engage in physical fitness and compete in swimming, biking, running and skiing.
Said Nina Ferraro, Lead Community Affairs Analyst with Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield/Allegheny Health Network, “We appreciate today’s enthusiastic start to a new Highmark QUAD season and invite the community to get involved in this fun and healthy program. The four active sports of the Highmark QUAD Games are not only a great way to promote healthy lifestyles and a love of lifelong sports, but the camaraderie and team building is invaluable. Three decades of Highmark QUAD success has shown that employees who might otherwise drift home to sit on the couch after work can instead be found meeting at the Y pool for a swimming skills clinic or taking a pre- QUAD bike ride.”
Since the Highmark QUAD Games began in 1983, thousands of area residents have used it as a year-long four event fitness program and more than 400 participants are expected to kick off the Games with a 100-yard swim on April 22 at McComb Field House on the campus of Edinboro University. The swim will be followed by a 12-mile bike on July 14, a 5-mile run/walk or 5K run on September 16 and a 5-mile ski or 2.5-mile snowshoe on January 19, 2019.
A relocation in venue for the run event in September from North East to Waterford is just one of the event changes planned for this event series according to Kelly Latimer, Highmark QUAD Games Coordinator. Additionally, each of the individual events will partner with local business to offer a post-race celebration.
“We are excited to be partnering with local restaurants to offer all Highmark QUAD participants more than just a race! Our newest sponsors, the Waterford Hotel and Edinboro Hotel will be offering food and drink at the conclusion of each event. The fun doesn’t have to end when you cross the finish line!”
Additionally, an enhanced partnership with Wilderness Lodge, host venue for the ski/snowshoe event, adds the Wildcat Dash – a premier youth cross country ski event – to the Highmark QUAD Games line-up.
Following the ski/snowshoe event at Wilderness Lodge participants will be treated to live music and food and drink specials.
Along with crowning the top male and female finisher as the Fastest in Erie County, cash prizes will be awarded to the top three male and female finishers, at each event.
Early bird registration is open at highmarkquad.org for $25/event or $55 for the QUAD season for registrations received by February 28.
The Highmark QUAD Kids offers shorter distances for kids and is $10/event or $25 for the season.
The Highmark QUAD Games is sponsored by Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield, Saint Vincent Sports Medicine, GE, Wegmans, AXA Advisors, Corey Barbato/Remax Realty, UTZ Snacks, Powerade/Coca-Cola, Impact Physical Therapy, Erie Reader, WCTL Radio, Corry Journal, Edinboro News Journal, Warren County Guide, Union City Journal Express, North East News Journal, West County News Journal, Waterford Hotel, Edinboro Hotel, Pro Machine, and Wilderness Lodge.