Summer is officially over, but High Five Events is finding ways to celebrate fall! Thank you to everyone who came out for the final Splash and Dash, we could not have asked for a more beautiful evening!
Good Luck to all of those who are completing the Texas Tri Series on October 17th! It has been a long and hot event-filled summer and the finale of the series should be beautiful! Congratulations to you!
Cooler temperatures cause a stir of motivation, and High Five Events has several ideas to keep you moving! How about we all head out to Rocky Hill Ranch for some off road fun? In mid-November we have come up with a few ways:
5K trail run
13.1 mile trail run
Dirthy Duathlon Sprint
Bike Toss World Championships
EXPERIENCE THE OLDEST OFF ROAD MULTISPORT EVENT IN TEXAS!
Ironman 70.3 Austin and The Dirty Du
Oct 17th: Ironman 70.3 Austin. The Final Event in the Texas Tri Series! Congratulations to everybody who is reaching the finale!
Nov 21st-22nd: The Dirty Du at Rocky Hill Ranch. New this year is the sprint short course event. Be sure to check out the Dirty Du there is an event for everyone and is guaranteed to be a fun time.
Don't moutain bike? No problem, this event is perfect for relays.
Did we mention that you get an awesome hoodie sweatshirt with your entry?
We would like to spotlight Judy Melchor this month. Thank you Judy for all of your time and amazing energy! You add so much to each and every High Five Event!
How long have you been involved in triathlon as a volunteer and as an athlete?
Started racing triathlons and volunteering at races since '99.
Why do you volunteer?
When I am racing, volunteers make my race day so much better. In either rain or shine they cheer, provide water/gator and everyone can feed of their energy to get through the race. What a better way to give back to the sport! By volunteering I can pay it forward and help make someone else race a success.
What is your favorite High Five Volunteer Perk?
Besides volunteering with amazing friends who I have raced with a time or two. The volunteer party!! It is so much fun to see everyone and just laugh and have a good time!
What is the most memorable volunteer moment you've experienced at an event?
It was very late in the day and only the family of the last athlete left and I were at the finish line. We saw her coming around the corner walking in and we just busted out cheering her in, encouraging her to finish strong and run in the last few yard. The huge smile on her face as she saw us and started to run to the finish. She crossed the finish line with the biggest smile on her face and thanking us all for getting her there and for staying around to see her finish. Seeing how her family celebrated with her was well worth the wait. As I was cleaning up she returned still with a big grin on her face and thanked me for staying around to make sure she finished and for volunteering. That alone made my day!
Of all things you've seen as a volunteer, what is one suggestion you would make to athletes to help their day?
Enjoy the day and smile through out the race! You have worked so hard in training why not enjoy your success in achieving your goal. Enjoy the moment!!
For more on Judy please check out our BLOG!
As always, High Five Events would like to extend a big THANK YOU to all of our fantastic volunteers, AND a big THANK YOU to our amazing volunteer coordinator! The Austin Tri had a 100% volunteer attendance rate, it is a hard job to do and Michelle LaPuente is wonderful. Thanks Michelle!
Have you ever wondered where triathlon originated?
Early triathlons were held as off-beat training exercises for runners. The first known swim/bike/run triathlons were held at San Diego’s (Calif.) Mission Bay in 1974. Organized by members of the San Diego Track Club, the events were held on summer evenings and were intended as no more than light-hearted breaks in the normal grind of training for marathons and 10Ks. One athlete who raced at the first Mission Bay Triathlon, John Collins, took the triathlon concept to Hawaii and used it several years later to combine three of Oahu’s endurance events – the Waikiki Rough Water Swim, the Around-Oahu Bike Ride and the Honolulu Marathon – into one race: the Ironman.
Only 12 men completed the first race held in January of 1978. In 1979, 13 men and one woman crossed the finish line. But a Sports Illustrated article by Barry McDermott in May 1979 increased the 1980 field into the hundreds and brought ABC’s Wide World of Sports to Hawaii for the first of an unbroken string of annual network broadcasts.
For more on the HISTORY OF TRIATHLON visit our BLOG.
USAT ENFORCES BEING A CHAMPION!
Being a champion involves four qualities:
- Life and sports aren’t about finding yourself they're about creating yourself and realizing success is defined as mastering yourself first.
- Never ever quit learning and helping others. You learn when you teach and happiness is created by helping others achieve success. You must be a student of life and sport.
- Mental toughness is not defined as the toughest, meanest, loudest person in the arena of sport. Mental toughness is being able to summon your emotional strength at the right time and using it with grace and dignity - win or lose. Knowing that we will be defined not by the fight by how we fought. What we overcame to get to the starting line and cross the finish line.
- Champions don’t talk – they act.
We all tend to forget every once in a while, be sure to hang onto this checklist, provided to you by USAT! Being prepared provides for a stress-free race day, but if you do forget High Five Events always has you covered with emergency supplies!