Chattanooga, Tenn. (September 12, 2014) – Top triathletes converging on Chattanooga will have many people marveling over their extreme fitness and athletic skills. But even these superhuman feats pale to the remarkable abilities many creatures display daily.
For example, some ants are amazing weightlifters, hoisting as much as 50 times their body weight with very little apparent strain. And, Alligator Snapping Turtles can hold their breath for 40 minutes. While snappers may be freshwater champs in that category, the best flappers go to a tiny bird you might see in your backyard. Hummingbirds literally buzz while their wings move up and down 80 times per second.
Kids can find out how their “iron skills” measure up against some amazing animal athletes at the Tennessee Aquarium from 10am to 2pm on Saturday, September 27. A self-guided circuit of ten challenges, throughout both Aquarium buildings and outside on the Aquarium plaza, will have kids running, flapping, jumping and even matching their sharpshooting skills to those of skunks – without smelling like they got sprayed.
While attempting the challenges at each station, guests will learn about the special adaptations and attributes that give some Aquarium animals the ability to go farther, move faster or jump higher. “We hope that while young guests are competing with their families, everyone gains an appreciation for some of nature’s most amazing animal feats,” said senior educator Susie Grant. “These remarkable abilities are part of what help them survive as they search for food and avoid being dinner for someone else!”
Participants can record their scores on cards which can be presented at a special finish line to receive a prize.
The Aquarium recommends the following training tips to hopeful competitors:
-Always remember to stretch from head to tail.
-Be sure to get plenty of water, even if you live in it.
-A balanced diet is important for everyone – from herbivore to carnivore and everything in between.
-Run, swim, fly, crawl or slither for at least 30 minutes a day.
-Get 6 to 8 hours of sleep each night (or day, if you’re nocturnal).
Animal Athletes is free with regular Aquarium admission. Participants can pick up an athlete’s bib number and score card at the registration table in the River Journey lobby.
After visiting the Aquarium, guests can present their tickets at High Point Climbing and Fitness to receive $5 off a day pass on the day of the event.