From Lynn Kisselbach
Build it, and they will come! I had a lot of those thoughts every time I drove by the beautiful,
open space between the Visitor’s Center and the South Cove Activity Center. Then I volunteered to help out at a road race at Eastman, and met the new Activities Director, Leslie Moses. Turns out, she was having the same thoughts. So we put our heads together, mapped out a course, and planned and executed Eastman’s first Splash, Mash & Dash Triathlon the following June.
Fast forward nine years … It’s June 18, 2011 and we’re at it again. We’ve grown the field of volunteers to more than 100, and we’ve sold out the race for the fourth consecutive year. This year, the kids’ race also sold out! While we still work like crazy on this event, we have lots of help. There’s Charlie Taber, the Events Coordinator, along with the rest of the Recreation staff. And I’m forever grateful for the volunteers – many put this event on their calendar a year in advance.
More than 200 athletes started their day with a 1/3-mile swim, 12-mile bike and 3.1-mile trail run along the shore of Eastman Lake. Many of the participants regard this race as one of the toughest in New England. Having raced at many venues myself, I would agree. Many of the triathletes come back every year and tell us that this it’s one of the best races they do: starting with the helpful volunteers and continuing through to the amazing cookout afterward. Not only is it the excellent organization of the event that has people talking, but it’s also the beautiful venue and the quality of life in the area.
The proceeds from this year’s race, as always, go to the Upper Valley Humane Society. Representatives were at the triathlon with pictures of the animals that are up for adoption. I heard a lot of people discussing the animals they’d like to adopt. Hopefully, a few found new homes. Why the Humane Society? Because active people like pets, perhaps a dog to run or swim with.
I could go on forever about the
day, the event, and its benefits for Eastman, but instead, check out a few pictures that will help to tell the story. Come check out next year’s Splash, Mash & Dash – as an athlete, a volunteer or a spectator. You’ll be glad you did!