By Lindsey Kurhajetz
Your decision to commit and race a multisport event is truly inspirational. On behalf of Life Time and our entire event team, we are ecstatic to celebrate your triathlon accomplishments this weekend and to host an event that honors our roots and also brings forth special additions to launch us into a meaningful future.
This Saturday marks the five-year anniversary of the race; a defining year. A special welcome to those racing their very first triathlon. We’re honored to support this first race that will impact your life for years to follow. To our returning athletes, we hold you in high regard with such appreciation. Because you believe in Life Time Tri Maple Grove and continue to share your positive experience with friends, neighbors and co-workers, the event continues to flourish. And, to the 46 athletes who have raced with us since 2010 – you are our true “Founding Finishers.” You are part of a legacy that will continue with your help and we look forward to recognizing you personally on Saturday.
Upon founding the event in 2010, there was an overwhelming determination to bring triathlon to life in a desirable community that many amazing families and businesses call home. Many ask what this process was like to establish a very complex event in partnership with a community that didn’t yet know the positive impacts the event would soon bring. To pioneer an introduction to the sport in Maple Grove was admittedly tough, yet at the same time, very easy once passion took hold. There are many I will thank individually this week including my family and friends. An event like Life Time Tri Maple Grove takes an entire community and because many raised their hand to help, we’re here today. Most notably, special recognition is well deserved for:
- Deb Coss, special events and volunteer coordinator, City of Maple Grove
- Mark Steffenson, Mayor, City of Maple Grove
- Jeff Garland, City of Maple Grove police officer
- Ryan Burns, City of Corcoran police officer
- Dan Book, Maple Grove Cycling owner
- Jerry MacNeil, Minnesota TRI News and race emcee
- Dave Zapf of Z’s Smokin’ Bonez
- John Steger, custom race awards by Riverwest Potteryworks
On Saturday, our journeys will collide. Friends will reunite and new friends will be made. Be proud of your training efforts and making a commitment to your health. We applaud you and again thank you for making your mark on Life Time Tri Maple Grove. This race weekend, invite your friends and family to join you in this experience and please share your stories with us. We’ll be excited to see your race memories on Facebook (#MGTri) and hope you will take time to write and stay in touch.
Good luck athletes, here’s to a happy five amazing years!
Maple Grove Triathlon: Dare to TRI