The pandemic changed things, but racers still showed up for the Asheville Triathlon

first_imgDuring the swim portion of the race, participants were given a wave start time based on their projected swim time and were given a full minute before the next swimmer entered the pool. “We never had more than 25 swimmers at the pool or on the deck at a time,” said Kirkwood. “Everything was very spaced out from start to finish.”  By most accounts, the race was a smashing success. Eighty-three percent of participants indicated they would come back and do the race again. According to one satisfied participant, “I felt safer racing… than going to the grocery store.”  And all of those cheering fans? Forget about it. “No spectators were allowed at the pool or at the finish line,” Kirkwood said. The pandemic had changed a lot of things, but it couldn’t stop one group of hardcore triathletes from competing this summer. Last Sunday, just over 100 participants showed up at a park in Hendersonville, NC to do something that most athletes used to take for granted: toe the line at an in-person race.  Race participants wore face coverings before and after the event, had their temperatures checked, and stayed socially distant from other participants. Instead of having typical transition zones, which usually include close quarters, participants were asked to transition at their vehicles. The rebooted transition zones “went really well,” said Kirkwood. “[Racers] had plenty of room to set up their things… we also had spaces in between some cars giving additional space.”center_img The Asheville Triathlon, held at a new location in Hendersonville’s Patton Park, is setting an example of what in-person events may look like in the future during the time of COVID-19. “This coronavirus has really forced us to make some big changes in the endurance event industry,” said Daphne Kirkwood, owner of iDaph Events and Race Director for the Asheville Triathlon. “There just isn’t a cookie cutter way to design and produce an in-person event during a pandemic. But I’m really happy with how safely everything turned out.” The winners of this triathlon-like-no-other were Jenn Stanton and Ricky Flynn. Stanton is a pro triathlete from Charlotte, NC and finished with a time of 1:05:22. Stanton, also a pro triathlete from Greenville, SC, completed the race in 58:23. Asheville, North Carolina skyline nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Photo courtesy SeanPavonePhotolast_img read more

Back to School Breakfast with Barefoot Jerry to be held Aug. 15, 7-10 a.m.

first_imgSubmitted to Sumner Newscow — Whether or not the back-to-school hubbub affects you or your children, we hope you’ll attend our Back to School Breakfast with Barefoot Jerry on August 15 from 7-10 a.m. which is a fundraiser for those served by Futures Unlimited. Barefoot Jerry’s located at 217 N. Washington in Wellington is hosting the breakfast again this year.“Barefoot Jerry’s is proud to one again join Futures Unlimited in partnership for the annual Back to School Breakfast,” says Jerry Fike, owner of Barefoot Jerry’s. “Last year’s breakfast skillet was a hit and that’s what we’ll plan to serve as only BFJ’s can prepare.”Dine in and enjoy a delicious and filling breakfast skillet (diced potatoes, sausage, egg and cheese) with a side of fresh fruit and a cinnamon roll with your choice of coffee or orange juice for only $6. Or call in a take out order at 359-1611.Futures is Sumner County’s trusted provider of disability supports and early intervention programs for more than 35 years, giving people of every age the help they need with the dignity they deserve.We are champions for empowerment, inclusion and opportunity – our passion, our mission!last_img read more