Fitness for the Mind and Body

By |  March 1, 2016
From left, Court Parker, his father, Neil, his sister Daphne Bertholf and brother in-law Ken Bertholf participated in the Camp Twin Lakes Spin For Kids bike ride in October. The company raised $511,000 for children with serious illnesses, disabilities and other life challenges. Photo: Court Parker

From left, Court Parker, his father, Neil, his sister Daphne Bertholf and brother in-law Ken Bertholf participated in the Camp Twin Lakes Spin For Kids bike ride in October. The company raised $511,000 for children with serious illnesses, disabilities and other life challenges. Photo: Court Parker

Court Parker participates in triathlons and races to stay fit and focused, and support the community, too.

Keeping fit is a way of life for Court Parker. The COO for Atlanta-based Bug Busters USA has participated in triathlons since he was 10 years old.

Twenty-nine years later, he’s still at it — although he’s cut back on the frequency.

“Now I have a 5-year-old, a 3-year-old and a 1-year-old, so it’s dropped off dramatically,” he says.

Triathlons encompass three endurance races — usually swimming, cycling and running — for which he regularly trains. “I usually get up every morning and work out with a group of about 15 guys at 5:30 a.m.,” he says. “And I try to leave during lunch to swim, run or bike.”

He participates in about three triathlons a year, in addition to races he enters with his workout buddies, his kids and wife, Devon, or his dad and sister.

Parker says working out keeps him energized and motivated. “It’s a good stress relief from work and family,” he says. “And it keeps you focused on those other two aspects.”

On the days he doesn’t work out, he says, he inevitably hears his employees ask, “Court, have you run today? Why don’t you go for a run?”

“I always have workout clothes with me, everywhere I go,” he says with a laugh.

Parker says combining fitness and community involvement help to “make up who we are as a family and what we want our company to stand for: a healthy, active life and community support.”

You can reach PMP Managing Editor Diane Sofranec at dsofranec@northcoastmedia.net or 216-706-3793.

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