Why Can't We Do This?A couple other people, who had been training to do this event as their first tri, voiced their displeasure as well. So I thought to myself, “Why can’t we still have this event?” As long as the pool is open we could still make this happen. So I contacted all the people that I knew were training to do this event and some other people who have done some triathlons in the past to see if they would want to come participate. I had one week to put together a DIY triathlon and get a couple volunteers.
We Did It!We had volunteers, most of whom were spouses or parents. I marked the course early that morning with signs. We kept timing on an iPhone and then just marked everyone’s time down as they came in to the finish. In one week of preparation I got about ten people to participate and one team that participated. So the people who had trained for their first triathlon still got to do it as a practice day with nothing on the line, which I hope took some of the pressure off so they could feel confident when they toe the line at a real race. All in all it was a good day even with the minimal number of people. It was still fun, it was a good training day. I have to thank my wife for keeping it organized and snapping some photos for everyone. I have to thank my mother for getting drinks and food for after the race. My mother in-law might have had the most important duty along with my sister in-law: they kept all the kids under control while we “raced.” Also, thanks to all the participants that showed up. I’m pretty sure they all had fun! (Once it was over ☺) DIY Triathlon Participants: Luke Anderson, Jeremy Flores, Scott Carkhuff, Jeff Paschka, Stout Family, Kim Lee, Trevor Schmidt, Brett Hamilton, Josh Warmonger, Andy Bernholtz DIY Triathlon Volunteers: Kylie Carkhuff, John Lee, Becky Carkhuff, Teresa Warmonger, Cindy Paschka, Shawna Hamilton, Wes Breckenridge
How Do You Put Together a DIY Triathlon?1. Make sure you have somewhere to perform it and be sure it will be safe for everyone. (Lifeguards) 2. Make sure it is okay with the facility that you're using and they are aware of what you are going to be doing. 3. Have a plan. Be sure to think all aspects of the event out. I wrote everything down to make sure I had everything covered from timing, to where we are having transition, to who’s counting the swimmers' laps. 4. This could possibly be #1, but get volunteers: family, friends, spouses, sons, daughters. They run the event while you race! 5. I purchased a gift card for the winner from Kyle’s Bikes. I told everyone there might be a prize for the winner. It gives a little motivation. 6. Last but not least, get participants! Maybe this is the hardest one to do knowing it’s not an official triathlon. At the end of the day, relax and have fun at your DIY triathlon with your friends!
Photo credits: Group shot by Kylie Carkhuff, "Scott Racing" by Shawna Hamilton.