Jul 31, 2012 - By Craig Blumenshine, Staff WriterWhen we went to Riverton High School on Saturday morning, we were a bit sad thinking that the number of entries for the second annual Go Fremont County Triathlon were going to be fewer than the inaugural event a year ago.
At least that is what we thought.
Then, the registration table had its first race-day entry. And then another, and then another.
When registration closed 45 minutes later, the total number of entries was right up there with what we had last year, and the day was off to a great start.
With volunteers in place to assist with the event, the swimmers took off in serpentine fashion just after 8 a.m. at the Riverton Aquatic Center, with electronic timing chips strapped around their ankles. One by one, they completed their 606-yard swim and headed to what triathletes call the "transition area" just outside the RAC where their bikes were waiting.
The transition area is like Pit Road in a NASCAR race. Some racers can get their shoes on and bikes ready in seconds, while others use the needed moment to catch their breath and get ready for their round two in the triathlon.
The 13-mile bike ride on Riverview Road was next, and then it was back to the transition area to return the bike and head off for the 5-kilometer (3.1-mile) run north of town.
There were competitors who finished the course in just over an hour, and one competitor who, when she finished three hours later, was every bit as excited as the winner when she exclaimed "I did it!"
Yes she did, and that is exactly what the day was about.
After the race was complete, we gathered at Sunset Park, had some good post-race food, enjoyed the live music, and congratulated each other for participating for all of the right reasons.
To all of the participants, volunteers, public and private groups that supported the event, the Go Fremont County team wants to say a big "Thank you!"
But as organizers evaluated the results of the day, we felt that there is more that can be done, something that we can collectively do as a community. Something that we all can say, "We did it," when we reach the finish line.
Go Fremont County was formed more than two years ago to promote wellness in our community.
There was a report that had just been released that had tagged Fremont County with the unwanted title as the least healthy county in Wyoming.
We can do better.
So during the next few months, our Go Fremont County team will be planning our next event, scheduled for July 27, 2013.
There will be our third triathlon, but we think there should be additional events as well that more can do.
We have a goal in mind that we will refine, but at least at this point, the Go Fremont County group has decided to shoot for the moon, and host one of the largest events of its kind ever in the state of Wyoming right here in Riverton.
We'll need a lots and lots of participants, support, volunteers and even more planning.
Our community will be better for all of our efforts.
Boulder has the Bolder Boulder. We want to have the Go Fremont County.
Stay tuned and watch for our news.
We hope the community will be ready to accept the challenge.
Have a great sports week. Go Big Red!
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