Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

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Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

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A spin-off of the largest public workout in Shawnee County is taking to the water to become the county's largest swim workout.

Shawnee North Family Aquatic Center, 300 N.E. 43rd St., will host the first Water-A-Palooza from 6 to 7 p.m. Friday, July 24. The 6th annual dry version of Shawnee County's Largest Workout is set for Sept. 3.

During Water-A-Palooza, participants are encouraged to try different activities offered by Shawnee County Parks and Recreation at Topeka pools. The activities include the Shawnee Sharks Swim Team, a deep water workout, water walking, a kids area, water aerobics and water Zumba. Yoga, tai chi and line dancing also will be held in the grassy areas around the pool.

The event is open to all ages, although minors need a guardian- signed waiver to participate. The pool at Shawnee North will be fully staffed with lifeguards, including the kids area.

David Allacher, recreation program coordinator for Shawnee County Parks and Recreation, said attendees might even get a sneak peek at some of the amenities planned for the new pool in southwest Topeka.

During a cloudy and cool morning, Allacher sat down with The Topeka Capital-Journal to talk about what kind of fun can be had at the pool on sunnier days.

Q: Why have the largest swim workout?

Allacher: It's kind of a showcase for us and a showcase for the health department because they've done the obesity studies and stuff like that and it says Shawnee County needs to get more active. This is a way for them to show people that they can get more active without having the high impact or exercises like a gym provides. And it's something different. It's something outside and something in the summertime when you can enjoy the nice weather.

Q: Is it Water-Palooza or Water-A-Palooza?

Allacher: It's kind of crazy. It's supposed to be pool-a- palooza, but it got mixed up somewhere in the works, so we just changed it to Water-A-Palooza. Water-A!

Q: If someone hasn't been out to this pool, what can they expect that's different or maybe even better than other Topeka pools? …

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