Well, you are a bunch of triathletes, so it didn't come as a surprise that the bike given away on August 12th will be a Cannondale Road Bike!
In our survey asking athletes what you'd prefer to win on race day, 65% of you voted for the road bike, so road bike it shall be. It is interesting to us, however, that 35% of you can see beyond skinny tires and aero profiles and entertain the idea of getting out onto rougher terrain. Good for you! Maybe...just maybe....there's a way to work a mountain bike into the mix someday.
We're noticing that you and your friends are registering for this 11th running of the Lake Meridian Triathlon and we're excited to see you in a few months. Don't forget to check out RTB's newest event - the Eastside Triathlon on July 9th. It will have the same RTB Event feel in another beautiful, triathlon- and family-friendly venue.
The Black Diamond Triathlon will round out our Tris this year.
The August LMT athletes can expect the same distances and experiences they've had since 2010. The City of Kent's Lake Meridian Park is a perfect venue for this race, voted the #1 triathlon in the Northwest again in 2016. You'll find error-proof course markings, numerous aid stations, national sponsor presence, prolific prize giveaways, a big shiny medal and hot breakfast at the finish line. The park has a huge kids play area and many places for your families and spectators to set up camp overlooking the race and watch the action.
Competitors enjoy professional event production with outstanding athlete service thanks to the athlete/volunteer ratio of 5:1 - among the lowest in multisport.
RTB Events is looking forward to celebrating Dads at the June 18th Lake Meridian Triathlon. Athlete and Spectator Dads can look forward to some special raffle prizes, race day tattoos, and Father's Day shenanigans.
Do you have a Dad you'd like to embarrass...er.. ..honor at the LMT? Fill out the form below and we'll include him in a special Father's Day blog closer to race day.
See you at the June LMT! Register for the race HERE!
All kinds of folks sacrifice and work their way to the start line of a triathlon - most of them get gratefully and triumphantly to the finish line with the expected list of challenges - balancing time, injuries, anxieties, etc..
The triathletes of Team Ostomy United bring an unexpected challenge few of us realize or are aware of. An ostomy refers to a surgically created opening in the body to discharge waste - certainly not the easiest condition to talk about much less live with. But the members of Team Ostomy United are dealing with the delicate nature of their physical challenge while tackling triathlon.
Team Ostomy United was envisioned and created by Ted Vosk, half-marathoner, trial attorney, and ostomate. Read Ted's Story below. The Team will participate in the Lake Meridian Triathlon on Sunday, August 23. To date, over a dozen people have committed to the team, with a goal of recruiting at least a dozen more. Participation is open to all, with at least half of the team consisting of people who have had ostomy or continent diversion surgery.
To raise awareness of the condition and funding for education, many team members are fundraising as part of their race experience. They will create awareness and support two worthy 501(c)(3) organizations: The United Ostomy Associations of America and Youth Rally.
Surviving and Thriving - Ted Vosk
A few years ago severe Crohn’s disease caused my small intestine to begin scarring up and blocking food from passing through me. Unable to eat, I lost over 60 pounds, becoming so weak and frail that my doctor told me that I would need surgery and an ileostomy or I would likely die. I told him that I would rather die than have an ileostomy. My wife vetoed that decision and I ended up getting surgery the summer of 2012.
After a month in the hospital with repeated complications, I returned home looking like a concentration camp survivor. I was so weak that my legs trembled when I stood and I could barely walk 50 yards down the sidewalk in front of my home. Things seemed so bleak that I cried myself to sleep every night feeling hopeless, scared and wishing that I had simply died on the operating table.
My wife stood by me, however, and helped me to fight my way back. She shared with me stories of others who had been forced to get ostomies but yet refused to quit on life. Their rise to greater heights than I thought possible was the inspiration I needed. So I used the strength I had and walked the 50 yards down the sidewalk in from of my house with the goal that I would one day again be able to run. And within 6 months I was able to fully run two half-marathons on back to back weekends to help raise money and awareness for those with Crohn’s and Colitis.
Today, a little over 2 years following my surgery, I run 7 miles every morning, try cases in courts around the State of Washington and speak internationally on matters of science and law…and few who meet me even realize that I have an ileostomy. While I don’t “love” my ostomy, as I’ve heard some other comment, it doesn’t stop me from doing anything that I want to and I hardly notice it anymore. There are many struggling with, or facing the prospect of getting, an ostomy who feel the same way I did: stigmatized, less than human, helpless and, frankly, look to the future with a sense of hopelessness. But there are also many of us who have fought through the darkness and learned that the only limits on us are the ones that we place on ourselves.
There is nothing that anyone else can achieve that our ostomies can stop us from achieving. Most of us had help traversing the night, either from family, friends or, in many cases, a favorite ostomy nurse. And as others helped us to reclaim our lives, we want to empower those who follow behind us to do the same…to rise above the fear, pain and loneliness…and soar.
When Laurie & Kris Paschal’s son Sam, now 12, was diagnosed with Duchenne just before his 3rd birthday, it changed their lives in unimaginable ways. “We were happily planning a 'normal' future for all of our children. All that went out the window with Sam's diagnosis. We didn't know how much of a future Sam would have. Now planning went into finding the best care for him.”
When Sam was 8½ years old, the Paschals uprooted themselves from Texas and moved to England so Sam could participate in a clinical trial that was not available in the US. They stayed there for 17 before moving back to the US to continue with the same trial near Seattle. “Moving has been difficult on all of us, including our other children. Going to new schools and making new friends can be scary for a teenage girl and two young boys. Plus there is the stress of needing to find and set up new doctors and work with new schools on Sam’s needs.”
For a fourth year, Northwest Tri & Bike & Cannondale are awarding a 2015 Cannondale Road bike to one lucky participant at both the June and August Lake Meridian Triathlons.
This year it will be a 2015 Cannondale CAAD 10 105 with a retail value of $1680.
The bike will be given away at the end of the awards celebration and prize giveaway. In 2014, the giveaways at the each race were valued at $7500 .