From the depths of our hearts… we thank you!

From the depths of our hearts… we thank you!

 

BY: RACHEL SMITH

 

Some things are better late than never, right?  Isn’t there an old saying like that somewhere?

The crew at the Clear Lake Area Chamber have finally gotten a moment to catch their breath after the whirlwind activities of the 4th of July, BBBQ festival and then the re-start of Thursdays on Main.  Now, they know better than to get too comfortable, because obviously this is Clear Lake, and we don’t rest for long before it’s time to get moving on the next event.

But in that time, that few days (or maybe just hours) that Trish was able to sit down and take a moment to put together a cohesive thought, she came up with this ‘list of thanks’ for everyone who helped with the 2nd annual TRI Clear Lake event.  The event, sponsored in part by the Iowa Economic Authority and the North Iowa Sports Authority was a great kick-off to summer in early June.

See?  It’s not like we’re THAT far behind.  Six weeks later is nothing when you live on “Lake Time” right?

So here it goes!

First up is the team of Race Directors- 

Carrie Tysdahl, American Solutions for Business

Jake Kopriva, Lake Time Boat Club

And even though in the list she gave me it says (you don’t need to include me) a great big THANKS goes to Trish Fundermann at the Clear Lake Chamber.  These three put in tireless hours of planning and preparation to make sure the event went off spectacularly.

And all the fabulous Committee Members-

Bike Lead:  Brian Hanft, Cerro Gordo Dept. of Public Health

Swim Lead: Steven Story, City of Clear Lake Parks & Rec

Transition Lead: Jody East, NIACC

Run Lead: Mike Yore, Sodexo USA

Chris Callaway, Dept. of Criminal Investigation

Amy Newton, Athletico Physical Therapy

Lisa Ludwig, NIACC

Finish Line Party Lead: Kate Garner, Farmers State Bank

Ken Clemons, Chanhassen Dinner Theaters

Presenting Sponsor: Athetico Physical Therapy.  Their dedication and commitment to helping create a seamless event is like nothing else.  They don’t just write a check and disappear, they take part in the planning and marketing, helping make sure TRI Clear Lake is the best it can be!

Media Sponsor: Alpha Media

Finish Line Party Sponsor: United Beverage

Bike Support: Wayne’s Ski & Cycle

Our GOLD Sponsors-

Country Meadow Place

Dean Snyder Construction Co.

Bob’s Marine Service

Jenny Kopriva/Triad Realty

CL Tel

Our SILVER Sponsors-

American Solutions for Business

Heartland Asphalt

Lake Time Boat Club

McKesson

Our BRONZE Sponsors-

Clear Lake Bank & Trust

Optimum Health Chiropractic

Thrifty White Pharmacy

Kingland Systems

Mercy Medical Center North Iowa

Our Mile Marker Sponsors-

We Care Chiropractic

Starboard Market

Hogan Hansen

Lakeside Inn

Movement Solutions

Clear Lake Boats

Buena Vista University

Cookies, etc.

MBT Bank

Rookies/Sevens

Farmers State Bank

TRI Clear Lake would also like to give a great big, heartfelt THANK YOU to the slew of people who volunteered their time and talents to help with the event.

Clear Lake Fire Department

Clear Lake Police Department

George Jessen of Heartland Asphalt for street sweeping the bike route

Brent Rolland for the use of the Sea Doo

Mary Burgmeier for the use of her Sea Doo

Andrew Nicholas for the Speaker Systems

Amy & Chris Newton for the use of their Rangers

Scott Monson for the use of the Barge to hold the American Flag

Terry Anderson for being Motorcycle Lead

Jennifer Larson from the City of Clear Lake for being the Volunteer Finish Line Co-Lead

Also to the over 100 community volunteers who helped out as course marshals for the bike and run routes by keeping our athletes safe, and to the finish line volunteers and registration volunteers for keeping everyone calm and organized.

For all the athletes and their families who trained so diligently and worked so hard to participate.

And also, for the spectators who lined the streets of the route, cheering on the athletes.

It takes a village (obviously by the gigantic list above) and we wouldn’t be able to do these amazing things in town, to bring all these people to Clear Lake and show them what an amazing place we get to call home, without your help.  We wouldn’t be able to do any of it without these people, these businesses, who give so freely to make sure TRI Clear Lake is a success.

There’s plenty of time to start training for next year’s event – which, incidentally, is scheduled for June 8, 2019!! - will we see you on the course?!

You can do it… you just need to give it a TRI.

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