OUR VIEW: Tri Greenville shows off area’s active side

By Daily News • Last Updated 11:41 am on Thursday, June 06, 2013

Competing in a triathlon (swim, bike, run … in that order) is a unique and demanding physical endeavor. Organizing one may be even more difficult.

About nine months ago a small volunteer organizing committee led by the Greenville Recreation Department started meeting to coordinate everything from course design to spectator parking for Saturday’s first-ever Tri Greenville triathlon. This committee needed lots of cooperation and patience from the city of Greenville, local businesses, Baldwin Lake area residents, the 150 volunteers and, ultimately, Mother Nature to pull off a successful event. And according to many participants, spectators and volunteers, the race was better than anyone had even hoped.

Nearly 300 participants registered for the event, including almost 70 youth. The oldest athlete was 68 and the youngest was 7. Participants commented on how nice the waters of Baldwin Lake were compared to other events and spectators said they enjoyed the bird’s-eye view of the transition area from the Fred Meijer Flat River Trail.

Though many of the participants were from the Greenville area, many more were from out of town. Those of us who call Greenville home already know of the waters, bike trails and road cycling routes that make this area easy to pursue a healthy lifestyle, but an event like Tri Greenville can go a long way to promote the area as a recreational destination.

Kudos to all involved for bringing such a unique event to Greenville and supporting and welcoming the athletes on race day.

 Editorial opinions are the consensus of The Daily News editorial board.

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