Tri for a Cause

Jul
26

Posted by Coach Jay Weber

Triathlon has become a status symbol in many athletic circles. Some of us do the sport because we love the training, the racing, the way the fitness makes us feel. But there is also a growing group of people that are doing it as a bucket list item as part of a group in support of a non-profit. One of the better known groups is Team in Training that supports the The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. 

These groups are growing in number. They train as a team, fundraise for a cause bigger than themselves, and show up to race. What they do is pretty awe-inspiring. The fitness levels are all over the map but their dedication to a cause is through the roof. Some want to go fast, but many just want to finish, because the end goal is fundraising towards toward research and support of the cause.

I was once told that triathletes are really good people with really bad tanlines. The people fundraising for a great cause and learning about the sport tend to have even worse tanlines but are really really good people.

 

The cool thing about this sport is that we run into people from so many different walks of life, and each person has a unique story as to how and why they are getting in the sport. Slow, fast, tall, short- they all have a story. The stories on people getting into the sport with almost no athletic background are some really interesting ones.

If you ever need a reason to stay in the sport, join one of those organizations for a season. You’ll gain some extra motivation, make some new friends, and find that you have lots to offer with all of the beginners in the group eager to learn.

~ Coach Jay Weber

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