Sunday, May 16, 2010


We’re totally excited to bring you this great news:

OptumHealth, one of the nation’s largest health and wellness companies, has expanded its offerings to include OPTUMHEALTH PERFORMANCE, a personalized athletic coaching and training service that will be directly available to endurance athletes.

Formerly SCS Multisport, OPTUMHEALTH PERFORMANCE will qualitatively and quantitatively expand their world class professional services to better serve the needs of athletes--elite and recreational alike--who are looking to improve their fitness and performance levels. OPTUMHEALTH PERFORMANCE will offer the use of a state-of-the art facility for multisport coaching, training and performance testing. This first-of-a-kind center is slated to open in the Eden Prairie area late this summer.

“We are truly looking to improve the experience of the athlete by offering everything they need to meet their goals, whether they are just entering the sport or a seasoned professional” said Frank Blackstock (photo left), triathlete and Senior Vice President of OPTUMHEALTH PERFORMANCE. "The Performance Center will offer a “one stop shopping” approach to the sport with coaching, training, testing and retail under one roof. Athletes will have access to 13 lanes of lap swimming, an endless pool with underwater treadmill and video, a CompuTrainer spin studio, metabolic testing, video analysis, and group classes including spin, yoga functional strength training along with many more specialty offerings." Gear West Bike & Triathlon, one of America's premier tri shops, will manage, staff and stock the on-site retail store.

“By adding OPTUMHEALTH PERFORMANCE to our health and wellness services, we are extending our expertise and commitment to help people live their lives to the fullest,” said Rob Webb chief executive officer for OptumHealth Care Solutions. “Performance programs will be personalized for people of all fitness levels to help them meet their health and wellness goals – especially if they are participating in endurance events.”

“SCS has been in the business of helping people achieve their athletic goals for many years,” said Dan Cohen, OPTUMHEALTH PERFORMANCE Director. “Becoming part of one of the nation’s largest health and wellness companies expands our reach to active individuals who are seeking best-in-class options to achieve their athletic goals and personal potential." Dan (left) and SCS partner Kris Swarthout (smiley guy by ocean) will manage the Performance Center and are currently in the process of hiring the coaching staff.

As part of their expansion of services, OptumHealth also becomes this year’s primary sponsor for the 21st Annual Manitou Sprint Triathlon, which will be renamed the “OptumHealth Manitou Triathlon,” held Sunday, June 13th in White Bear Lake. To celebrate, roll-back pricing will be offered. Register between today and May 19th and receive $15 off the entry fee (Enter code ROLL.BACK.TRI). This iconic race is part of the prestigious Midwest Multisport Series, arguably America’s premier amateur tri/du Series. We encourage you to take the opportunity to get out and enjoy a first-class event with a great course. And while you're there, you can visit the OPTUMHEALTH PERFORMANCE booth and learn more about their exciting and innovative programs and facilities.

More information about the race and registration is available HERE.

To find out more about OPTUMHEALTH PERFORMANCE visit their WEBSITE or call 612.209.1571