Hello Triathlon Friends,
There will be no 2014 MCS Triathlon event.
What a great run we had. Thank you to all who made the Tri such a rocking success!
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Monadnock Challenge Sprint Triathlon Reaches Finish Line
Race organizer and founder of the Support4Sports Fund, Erin Lyons has announced she is closing down her organization, which means the end of the Monadnock Challenge Triathlons in Peterborough.
The inaugural Monadnock Challenge Sprint triathlon was held in August 2009.A few weeks before the very first Monadnock Challenge Tri, Lyons posed for publicity photos in Cunningham Pond. With a huge smile, looking out across the water Lyons said, “I really just want everyone to have that feeling I had when I finished my triathlon. It’s the best.” Only 28 years old, Lyons also created the event to find a deeper connection with the community.
One Saturday morning in August each year since 2009, over 100 athletes waded into Cunningham Pond in Peterborough. Adjusting their goggles and shaking out their arms, the athletes waited for the horn to sound the start of their physical and mental challenge. For many it was their first-ever triathlon, even their first race of any kind. Did they train smart enough, long enough, hard enough for what lay ahead: a .4 mile swim, followed by a hilly 16 mile bike race, and a 3.1 mile run?
By any measure, the summer Sprint Triathlons and the winter races were all a success. Lack of interest or support is not the issue. Lyons simply wants to make room for other things, whatever they may be. “I expect I’ll be somewhat lost without this event and will miss the excitement. I’d just be starting to organize in another couple of weeks, that’s why I needed to decide now.”
“It wasn’t an easy decision, but I know it’s the right one. Even with all the community support, my great crew of volunteers and donors, it’s time for me to do something else. “
“Everything I hoped for with this event came to be. I wanted to create a challenging but accessible event that would attract first-timers as well as seasoned athletes. The races were magical; success was measured in so many different ways. Some just wanted to finish, while others were pushing for faster times. The volunteers worked for the athletes’ safety and comfort. It was this wonderful coming together. As a community we made Peterborough a triathlon destination for a time. I’m proud of and grateful for what we accomplished together.”
Lyons said she created the triathlon in her mind, but it actually happened because so many joined in and made it a reality. Local businesses stepped up, the Peterborough Rec. Department, Peterborough Fire and Rescue, Contoocook Valley School District, Edward MacDowell Dam, her employer Hunter Burgess, owner of Performance Health and Fitness, and so many members at Performance Health and Fitness and dozens of other volunteers and of course, the athletes.
Lyons, of Sharon, continues to share her love of fitness with others. She has been the manager of Performance Health and Fitness gym in Peterborough since 2005 and continues her work with members and staff to help people reach their personal bests.