There are many small groups of endurance athletes working out in Northern Colorado, and even more people working out by themselves. What if these groups could be brought together for training, racing, educational and social activities?
Two local coaches, Jon Mason & Eric Neilsen had a vision of a triathlon club that would unify the endurance athletes of Northern Colorado. They also wanted to make a difference in the community they live in. After some further discussion it was decided to move forward and start taking the necessary steps to forming the club. Knowing they would need the support of other like-minded individuals in the community, a meeting was held in mid-December to see who might want to be involved in the leadership as the club was being formed. Fifteen people showed up for the first meeting and from that group they filled roughly 2/3 of the officer and committee chair positions that would lead the club in 2014.
Next up was planning for the first meeting and filling the remaining leadership positions. Jon and Eric along with the club officers Brent Phinney, Michelle Alexander, Jennifer Schneider and Diane Schultz worked on the agenda and logistics for the kick-off party to be held on January 15th. They had a great turnout for the event with 85-90 people showing up. The evening consisted of socializing, seeing old friends, and meeting new friends along with hearing about the nuts and bolts of why the club was being formed. The turnout of people for the first meeting exceeded expectations and is a good sign that the people of Northern Colorado are interested in making this happen.
People join clubs for many reasons: social, training groups, education, racing. We envision the NoCo Tri Club serving all these needs and more as interest continues to build in 2014.
Make it a great week of training where ever you're at and take a few minutes to check out your local triathlon club.