Men and women are off to the races in the 2019 edition of the Battle of the Sexes Challenge.
A winter tradition in the valley, men and women compete for bragging rights in the pool at the Aquaplex and on the track at the Badlands Community Facility. Participants log their swimming and walk/running distances and add it to the total for their sexes.
Aquatic supervisor at the Aquaplex, Andrea Leavitt, says they are tracking this year’s competition by measuring the distances compared to a cross-country journey, with the progress being marked on a map.
Until February 14, the battle takes place at the Aquaplex. Participants must swim a minimum of two laps to qualify. New this year is there are no maximum number of laps.
After that, it crosses over to the Badlands Community Facility where seven laps of the track or one kilometre on the cardio equipment of your choice gets you into the race. There is also no maximum distance for this part of the challenge. The BCF portion goes from February 14 to 28.
Participants who achieve and track the minimum distance in either the Aquaplex or BCF will be entered into a draw for a multi-facility pass. The winner from the winning sex will win a three-month membership and the winner from the losing sex will receive a one-month pass.
While it is early in the competition, the men had the lead as of press time up by about 48 lengths.