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Missouri doctor crusades for charity, seeks Guinness glory

John Curtin

John Curtin, D.C.

KIRKSVILLE, Mo. (Aug. 14, 2008 ) – Watch out Tom Cruise – John Curtin, D.C., is a man on a mission. To run 100 triathlonsin 100 consecutive days may seem like an impossible feat, but Dr. Curtin is fully committed not only to breaking a Guinness World Record, but more importantly in calling attention to abused children.

Dr. Curtin’s P3 Triathlon Tour began May 31 and will end September 7 in Kirksville, Mo., home of the Northeast Missouri Triathlon. The 24th annual NEMO Triathlon, sponsored by A.T. Still University, is a fall tradition at 1000 Hills State Park. Through the years, thousands of participants have competed in the 3/4-mile swim, 18-mile bike, and 5-mile run at the region’s premier outdoor recreation area. This year, the NEMO Triathlon will be the site of a record-breaking finale to Dr. Curtin’s mission for Missouri KidsFirst.

By pushing his physical and mental limits for 100 days straight with exhaustive swimming, biking, and running, Dr. Curtin hopes his efforts will raise awareness for the child advocacy group which helps families traumatized by abuse and violence. The organization represents 15 advocacy centers throughout the state and provides resources, training, support, and public awareness to end child abuse. Dr. Curtin has pledged all proceeds from his P3 Triathlon Tour to the group.

“This is an enormous goal, and it only seems natural to leverage its enormity to benefit others in an equally enormous way,” says the father of three.“This effort will remind the nation that child predators exist, and we need to learn to protect our children and teach ways to prevent child molestation.”

To further publicize his crusade, this Lake Saint Louis, Mo., chiropractor aims to set a Guinness World Record for the most consecutive triathlons in a year. He originally set out to race in 100 triathlons in 100 days in all 50 states, but escalating gas prices have forced him to race closer to home.

“The upcoming months promise to be an exciting and demanding time for us,” Dr. Curtin says. “We are working hard to organize and prepare for our attempt to set a world record.”

Dan Martin, director of ATSU’s Thompson Campus Center, and his team have been equally busy preparing for September’s triathlon. The TCC has organized the NEMO Triathlon for years and has experienced growing participation and excitement among race-goers. This year promises to be especially exciting with Dr. Curtin wrapping up his tour with Missouri KidsFirst and Guinness World Record officials in tow.

“To train for and complete in any triathlon is a lofty goal,” says Martin. “To do 100 triathlons in 100 days is an incredible testimony of the passion Dr. Curtin brings to this cause.”

Until the final race day in Kirksville, Dr. Curtin will be racing every day. Since triathlons are not typically held on weekdays, races are recreated for the P3 Tour through the week on USA Triathlon sanctioned courses. This has caused Dr. Curtin’s team to get creative helping in reaching his goal. “When you’re taking on something as big as this, you have to expect a little resistance and some hurdles,” he says. Oftentimes, this includes sharing his bike route with vehicle traffic and asking teammates to canoe alongside him in the absence of a lifeguard during his swims.

But these are hurdles Dr. Curtin is more than able to jump. An athlete since childhood, he has competed in several triathlons, and at age 15 was one of the youngest Half-Ironman Triathlete competitors in the country. He has also sailed and cycled at the professional level. Today, Dr. Curtin helps others train for triathlons as a coach for Training Bible Coaching, a coaching service for endurance athletes.

“It is important to me to encourage others to realize the power in being active on any level, assist the enhancement of their performance in whatever they choose to do, and inspire them to maximize their potential,” he says, alluding to the three P’s in his tour name: power, performance, and potential.

As a board member for The Child Center Inc., a Wentzville and Hannibal, Mo., center under the Missouri KidsFirst umbrella, Dr. Curtin is unsure how much money the P3 Tour will generate. He and those supporting him are certain, however, that any amount will make a positive difference in the lives of many abused children.

“When you always strive for greater heights, you become the best you, and inspire others to reach beyond what they imagined possible.”

To read more about Dr. Curtin’s mission or donate to his cause and Missouri KidsFirst, visit www. p3triathlon.com. To register for the 24th annual NEMO Triathlon, visit www.nemotriathlon.com.


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University recognized two years in a row

KIRKSVILLE, Mo. (May 21, 2008 ) – A.T. Still University was recognized as a Gold Level Recipient of the American Heart Association’s Start! Fit-Friendly Companies Recognition program in April. The University joins an elite group of AHA awardees who have created a culture of physical importance in the workplace. This is the second year in a row ATSU has received Fit-Friendly recognition.

The Start! Fit-Friendly Companies Program, sponsored nationally by SUBWAY® Restaurants, Healthy Choice® and AstraZeneca, is a catalyst for positive change in American business. Companies throughout the nation can be part of the Start! Movement by demonstrating progressive leadership by making the health and wellness of their employees a priority.

ATSU was recognized as a Gold Level Start! Fit Friendly Company for fulfilling the following parameters:

  • Offering employees’ physical activity support
  • Increasing healthy eating options at the worksite
  • Promoting a wellness culture
  • Implementing at least nine criteria as outlined by the AHA in the areas of physical activity, nutrition, and culture                

“We are extremely honored and very excited to be recognized by the American Heart Association. Physical activity and employee wellness are very important priorities at ATSU,” said Dan Martin, director of ATSU’s Thompson Campus Center.

American Heart Association representative Rebecca Collier presented Martin with the 2008 gold plate to be placed on the University’s Fit-Friendly Plaque on April 11.


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University one of few nationwide to receive American Heart Association recognition

KIRKSVILLE, Mo. (May 3, 2007) – On April 28, representatives from the American Heart Association visited the headquarters of A.T. Still University in Kirksville, Mo., to recognize the institution for its outstanding efforts to create a fitness- and wellness-friendly environment on its campuses in Kirksville and Mesa, Ariz. ATSU is the only institution in Arizona to receive any level of recognition, and one of only four in Missouri.

Dan Martin, director of ATSU’s Thompson Campus Center and the university’s unofficial “fitness guy,” said recognition from the American Heart Association was especially important because of the Association’s reputation nationwide as a health information and policy resource.

“When the American Heart Association says something, from CPR techniques to blood pressure management to exercise routines, people take it as fact and act immediately,” Martin said. “That they have recognized ATSU as the gold-standard for fit-friendly work and education environments is a great endorsement of our university and an incentive to work everyday to make them even better.”

The Association evaluated organizations based on physical activities offered or encouraged; nutrition policies, alternatives, or incentives; and institutional culture.

“At A.T. Still University, our core values, which are derived from the principles of osteopathic medicine, include a strong focus on personal wellness and fitness and prevention over treatment,” said James McGovern, Ph.D., president of ATSU. “Providing wellness and fitness options to our faculty, staff, and students not only follows our institutional mission, but it’s good common sense when you’re talking about the bottom line of a business and controlling costs.”


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All proceeds from 28th annual event will support Victim Support Services

KIRKSVILLE, Mo. (Feb. 21, 2006 ) – The Student Associates’ Auxiliary (SAA) of A.T. Still University’s Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine (ATSU-KCOM) will be hosting the 28th Annual Fun Run on April 8, 2006. The event features options for all ages and fitness levels, including a 5K/10K run and a 1-mile fitness walk/run. All proceeds from the event will benefit Victim Support Services.

Currently, participants may register and receive an early registration discount. Early registration is $12, and registrations received after April 5 will be charged $14. Each participant in the race will receive a long-sleeve T-shirt. Beverages and snacks are provided, as well as on-site medical assistance, free babysitting, and massage by the Integrative Wellness Institute in Kirksville. Trophies and prizes will be given to the top female and male finishers for both race distances. Medallions will be given to the top three finishers in all divisions. Prizes include free airline tickets, a one-night stay at a local bed & breakfast, an ATSU-KCOM hoodie, and much more.

For information about registration, please contact Dan Martin, director of the Thompson Campus Center at ATSU, at 660.626.2213, or race coordinator Brenda Wilson at 660.627.5573.


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