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Captiva Tri a team effort

By Staff | Sep 30, 2015

A fellow race director once told me that the reason he began producing triathlons is because almost everyone is a winner.

That was never more true than the weekend of Sept. 12-13 with the Galloway Captiva Triathlon. Between the two races we had nearly 1,000 athletes from all over Florida and from 22 states and the District of Columbia.

Each one had a different goal. Some were brave just to start; some just wanted to finish; others to improve their personal best; still others to place in their age group; and others still to compete in the elite amateur and finally to place in the top three.

Despite the rainy weekend, humidity and a rough Gulf of Mexico, the kids’ race on Saturday and the sprint on Sunday went off gloriously. The athletes certainly won and so did spectators, but the big winner were Lee County’s hungry kids served by Community Cooperative Ministries Inc.’s (CCMI) Healthy School Pantry and Backpack program.

Among other things, this program sends backpacks home with kids on weekends so they have food to eat when school isn’t in session to provide them with breakfast and lunch.

The $30,000 donation from this year’s Galloway Captiva Tri will fund nearly six months of that program.

All this was made possible by the registration fees, our fantastic volunteers (including those from VOICE and our terrific sponsors:

Lee County Sports Development, our sprint event sponsor

Attorney Jason Gunter, the children’s event sponsor

South Seas Island Resort, the official resort

Geared Up Multisport Specialists, the official coach

Lee Memorial Health System, swim caps sponsor

Jason’s Deli, our food sponsor

LCEC

Tween Waters Inn

Johnson Custom Painting

Billy’s Bike Rentals (also offering good deals on race rentals)

Suncoast Beverages (beer provider)

Key Lime Bistro

Trek Bicycle Store (also offering good deals on race rentals)

The News-Press

Doc Ford’s Rum Bar & Grille

Jensens Twin Palms & Jensens on the Gulf

Captiva Cruises

R.S. Walsh Landscaping

Sanibel Grill

PSAV

Best Boat Club

And, of course, the Galloway Family of Dealerships, our title sponsor again this year.

We were kept safe by the Lee County Sheriff’s Department, the Captiva Fire District, Lee County EMS, the City of Sanibel and the lifeguards from Lee County Parks and Rec, as well as boats from the City of Fort Myers, the City of Cape Coral, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and the U.S. Coast Guard.

In particular, we want to thank the residents of Captiva who are so generous about our closing their road for two hours during the race; the Captiva and Sanibel athletes who participated this year; the Sanibel volunteers and the Captiva sponsors. It takes a community to run (yes, pun intended) a great triathlon, and we saw that community spirit again this year.

P.S. Special thanks to the Islander for some great photos last week!

Kate Gooderham, race director

Angie Ferguson, race director

Ken Gooderham, race organizer

Galloway Captiva Tri and Southwest Florida Events