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The black hills triathlon
Welcome to our new site! We want to give a huge shout out to Bob McGinley of 4th Recess for doing a major redesign of our site, and for making it much more interactive!
I am excited for the launch of registration for the 2014 Black Hills Triathlon at Lacey but, before I talk about that, I want to recap the inaugural race for you. As a team, we couldn't be more pleased with our first race. Certainly there are a few things that we could have done differently but, all things considered, it was a successful race! When we first began meeting several years ago, we established a few goals that we wanted to meet. We wanted to put on a quality event; we wanted it to be the safest event possible; we wanted to attract both seasoned triathletes as well as those new to the sport; and, lastly, we didn't want to lose money. I'm pleased to tell you that we met all of our goals!
Our number one concern was for the safety of the athletes involved. Any time you have people swimming in open water and biking on open roads there is the potential for injury. We are ecstatic that we only had a couple of minor needs which our medical staff was able to take care of. We heard numerous comments, from both experienced competitors as well as beginners, that our race was a high-quality, well-organized event. I've listed a few of the comments below so that you can see what folks are saying about the race. With the help of our amazing sponsors, we were able to put on a high-quality race and we were able to break even on our expenses. That's almost unheard of for a first year race! Thank you sponsors!
Here's what others had to say about our race:
"You guys put on an A+ race. Great course and venue. Congratulations and see you next year." -Jon Walker, overall winner
"I can't tell you how excited I am that you have taken this race on and have obviously worked so hard to provide a wonderful race experience. AMAZING SWAG! Seriously, I have won some other races and NEVER gotten ANYTHING like this. Thank you and thanks to your vendors!" -Dana Reid, overall women's division winner
"Thank you so much for a great race day experience! The volunteers were fantastic and the whole day was so well organized! This was my first tri and I'm hooked. Thank you!" -David M.
"Just a quick note to say thank you for bringing this event back. It's great to have a local tri again. You did a fantastic job organizing the event for both participant and volunteers. Finally, I was amazed to see the show of hands at the meeting before the swim from people saying this was their first triathlon. I hope it was a fun event for all of them and they'll continue to participate in more triathlons. Well done!" -Brad E.
"I've been running Tri's for 14 years and this was in the top three for the quality of organization and volunteers! Amazing job to everyone that put in all that hard work! It was an awesome race!" -Shawn S.
"This was my first Tri and I loved it!! The volunteers and organizers were awesome! I appreciated the swim clinic beforehand; it made it 'less scary'". –Rene S.
Along with all of these wonderful comments (and these are only a few of the ones we received!), we also had some great suggestions on how we can make the race even better in 2014. A number of experienced athletes sent me "race reports" in the weeks following the race and I was so grateful to receive these; it's our desire to continue to improve and these reports help us to do just that!
So, what's new for 2014?
Preparations for 2014 are well under way! Our course will stay the same but we'll be adding things like mile markers, lead motorcycle support for the leading male/female athletes, and multicolored chalk lines to better distinguish the bike and run course. We are also thrilled to announce that we plan to offer a few more clinics that will benefit our newcomers...stay tuned for more information about that. We are also looking at hosting a post-race party right in the fairgrounds after the race. Lastly, prices for 2014 will remain the same, that's always good news! The other major addition for 2014 is that we will be allowing youth, ages 14-17, to compete. We had several youth who wanted to compete last year, and I want to acknowledge their patience in waiting for us to get our first year completed before adding a youth component.
We are in the process of securing our 2014 sponsors. We hope to retain most of our sponsors from 2013 and have already picked up a few new sponsors. As I mentioned above, we couldn't put this race on without the generous donations of our sponsors! We encourage you to frequent these businesses as much as possible.
Lastly, Christie Agtarap and I had the opportunity to attend the USA Triathlon Race Director Certification course in September. This is just another step to becoming a quality, reputable sprint distance triathlon. We learned a lot and appreciated the opportunity to connect with USAT staff during the conference.
Once again, thanks for visiting our new site! We hope you'll be back often and that you'll interact with us via the blog and forum. Let us know if there is anything we can do to serve you better!
BHT Race Director
Sunday, June 29th, 2014
2790 Carpenter Rd SE
Lacey, WA 98503
7:00am Pre-Race Meeting