Marshfield Clinic and Ministry Health Care are co-title sponsors for “See Me Tri,” The Minocqua Triathlon.
These two health care organizations encourage everyone to consider joining hundreds of triathletes at the edge of Clear Lake Saturday, Aug. 10, 8 a.m., for the start of this event.
“One of the reasons that we support ‘See Me Tri,’ The Minocqua Triathlon is that it raises funds for many worthy organizations in our community,” Rick Clark said. He is the Marshfield Clinic Minocqua Center administrator. “To date they have donated over $15,000 to benefactors that include the Minocqua Rotary, LUHS cross country team, the AV-W School Parent Group, and other area school and church groups.”
“We also have a vested interest in promoting healthy lifestyles,” Sheila Clough said. She is the president of Ministry Howard Young Health Care. “This type of event encourages our community and visitors to engage in healthy activities.”
The swim, bike and run courses will challenge athletes among the woods and waters of the scenic Northwoods. This year’s triathlon will offer both sprint and Olympic distances for teams or individuals.
The sprint includes a 500-meter swim, 20-kilometer bike, and 5-kilometer run. The Olympic features a 1,500-meter swim, 40-kilometer bike, and 10-kilometer run.
“This is our fourth annual running of the triathlon,” Andrew Teichmiller said. He is the owner of Chequamegon Adventure Company and one of the race founders. “Every year we have seen large growth in participation. We are hoping to see nearly 350 athletes at this year’s race.”
Kim Baltus, Minocqua Area Chamber’s executive director says there is an even bigger benefit – the economic impact on the community.
“Especially for retailers, restaurants, and hospitality, 75 percent of the triathletes come from well over one hour away,” she said. “Factor in their family and friends who will be consuming lodging, meals, gas, shopping and tourist spending. This is a great event for the whole community.”
“Whether you’re interested in watching the pros, cheering on a friend or just experiencing a triathlon, this event offers a spectator-friendly course,” Teichmiller said. “All three legs of the race can be viewed within walking distance of the swim start, and there will be plenty of room for your family and friends at the event finish and post-race party. And this year we will also have free massages offered to all participants by Mykos Ress, licensed massage therapist, Marshfield Clinic Woodruff Center.”
The swim takes place at Clear Lake picnic area with the start and finish located adjacent the beach. After the swim, triathletes take to the road on their bikes, followed by the running portion of the triathlon.
For details and registration information, visit www.minocquatriathlon.com or stop by the Chequamegon Adventure Company located at 8576 Hwy, 51 North in Minocqua.