A Brilliant Event Occurs
Much planning goes into a huge event and amazing things happen when so many good people combine efforts to fight cancer. Our team, along with affiliates like Georgia Cycle Sports Concepts and Fleet Feet Athens and many more like the North Oconee High School Cross Country Team, and the UGA Swim Team paired up to help prepare and steer the throngs of participants through the local course of a sprint triathlon at Sandy Creek Park in Athens, Georgia.
Indeed the TriCoachGeorgia and TriKidsGeorgia teams gathered along with so many others for a quintessential active Athens event, the Cancer Foundation of Northeast Georgia‘s Tri to Beat Cancer. In fact, the team was honored to be a sponsor.
The Weekend Started
The Race Expo on Saturday was a blast and Coach Slayer and Coach BigBad were there to give out free samples of Generation UCan hydration and Base Performance left over from their big #TCGAugustaCamp. They also offered a lot of racers tips to improve their times, rules information, and hydration/fueling strategies. The census for the race was huge like every year and participants registered from all over the State of Georgia and beyond.
On Sunday, after an early night, so many Reapers were out on the course either racing, volunteering, or spectating, that it felt like we were swimming in a sea of Red and Black, the team’s colors. For the TriKidsGeorgia, there was representation from Jack H., Hatchet Jack aka Jack S. and Jr. TaxSlayer aka Ben W. Also the RedVenger aka Amy Gayer relayed with her Dad, Coach Slayer.
Going toe to toe with the best in the game, all these kids rocked it out with strong performances in a humid, hilly, foggy course. RedVenger raced in the front pack and held her own with a PR 5k, while her Dad and Coach BigBad, on their relay bikes, put up the two fastest bike splits on the course for the entire race!
On the grown up side, the Reapers had some stellar performances where athletes crushed prior year times, scored podium slots, and generally reaped what they had sowed. Lots of high fives and words of encouragement were exchanged beforehand, on course, and post-race.
Literally, huge gains were seen by Darth Vader aka Darsh Cook, Rolling Thunder aka Troy Garland, the Scalpel aka Brad Shepherd, TaxDr, aka Becky Waltman, and FC aka CJ O’Mara. Podium awards went to Virginia Brooks, Longman aka Karl Langenbach and Terminator aka Dr. Dick Thompson. A few narrowly missed the podium due to the high level of competition.
In addition to very strong relay bikes from Coach BigBad, whose team won the overall smoking fast relay with Dustin Shinhouser from Fleet Feet Athens as a runner, and Coach Slayer, Relayer Social D. aka Danielle Cheek had a great bike. There were many who noticed the tremendous growth of the team from their representation on course. Also, many were appreciative of the team’s moral support on the run course.
Volunteers were aplenty on the course and the race would not be as good as it is without them. Cheering for the team at the first turn on the run course were Doc Slay and Number 14, aka Julie and Jake Gayer, TaxSlayer and Jr. TaxDr. aka Seth and Allison Waltman, MyTime aka Myrna Powell, Judas Priest aka Judith Garrard, Lauren and McGritty from Greenville, SC. Many other friends and family members made appearances like Brooke Powell, Fran Stansell, Steve Hayes, Nicole O’Mara, the Goss father and son duo, the Chasmans, etc.. It is hard to capture all of the people who were there but suffice to say that everyone was noticed and appreciated.