Nick Hansen to Present at CLP

February 02, 2015

ALLIANCE, Ohio – The University of Mount Union’s Continued Learning Program (CLP) scheduled for Tuesday, February 10 will feature Nick Hansen, executive director of the Alliance Family YMCA.

The program will take place at 10 a.m. in the East Room of the Hoover Price Campus Center. Hansen will discuss what is new at the YMCA and training for his first 100-mile race in late April.

Hansen is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, where he studied psychology and philosophy. He began his career with the YMCA in 2001 as the head coach of the swim team at the Stevens Point YMCA where he was later promoted to aquatic director. In 2004, Hansen was hired by the Woodson YMCA as senior aquatic director/operations associate. In this position, Hansen assisted in the opening of a new YMCA branch and was responsible for membership development and facility operations.

In addition, Hansen is a former colligate swimmer who dabbled with running marathons after college. In 2008 he registered to compete in Ironman Wisconsin (2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike, 26.2 mile run). He didn't have any previous triathlon experience but purchased his first bike and figured it out. Along the way he received some advice from his friend, Scott Bowe, and met Mike McQueen and Matt Amman who were also training for the same race. Since that first year, Hansen has accomplished the following: six Ironman Finishes with a best time of 9:53 at Coeur d'Alene in 2013; American Triple T 2013 third place overall Solo division finisher (four triathlons, three days) and fourth place overall finisher in the Glacier Trail 50-mile run.

Other CLP sessions for this month include Geoff Elliott, an expert on Abraham Lincoln, on February 17 and Carol Lichtenwalter, executive director of Pegasus Farm, on February 24.

Continued Learning Program sessions offer a variety of presentations and topics to the public, as well as time for questions and discussion. Sessions are free and take place at 10 am each week. Following the sessions the public is welcome to stay for lunch at the Kresge Dinning Commons ($6.75) or the B&B Café (a la carte).

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