What can I say…you guys are amazing! Here is the race recap…we had 12 teammates travel to the event, 9 competed (Steve, Leigh, Kalen, Tim, Nikki, Jonathan, Anne, Leslie and Christine) and 3 volunteered (Ben, Laura and Kylene).
Out of 9 athletes, 7 placed and let’s not forget the intestinal fortitude and strength of Anne and Leslie who competed in their first Triathlon. Way to go!!!!
Kalen Smith- 3rd place MEN OVERALL SPRINT; 1st place 25-29 Male Sprint
Nicole Jones-1st place 20-24 Women Sprint
Leigh White-1st place 25-29 Women Olympic
Steve White-1st place 40-44 Men Sprint
Jonathan Beckman-2nd place 25-29 Men Sprint
Tim Trask-3rd place 25-29 Men Sprint
Christine Doolittle-3rd place 20-24 Women Sprint
Highlights of the race:
Leigh White-says as she was swimming along the shoreline during each breath she could see all of the yellow t-shirts of her teammates walking along the shoreline keeping in sync with her strokes. It motivated her since she had an entire team backing her up and she knew why we were running.
Jonathan spotted Anne coming through the final curve of the race and ran next to her encouraging her on. Not only was this a force in team support, but what a great story of a husband/wife team competing together…especially since this was Anne’s first race!!!
All of you remarked that it was awesome encountering another FCA teammate at various points during the race especially the high fives and encouragement when you passed each other. This also included encountering other teammates from other huddles.
Leigh White said when she hit the wall physically during the last couple of miles, she encountered another athlete who kept pace with her a little and just kept shouting out words of encouragement. She said it blew her away by the fact that he was doing the exact same thing the team was doing during the competition.
The entire FCA team gathered at the finish line to high five and congratulate each athlete as they crossed. For some of the athletes this was surprising as they may have come to the race alone.
Ben held down the fort at the table and really went above and beyond in terms of serving and being a representative force for the team. After the race was over, he gave up a chair under our tent for a 70 year old athlete, named Phil, who was exhausted and not feeling well, and was able to share with him what our team was all about. Phil remarked we were hard to miss.
The sheer number of teammates who went to the event was unreal. We were a mass of yellow jerseys and t-shirts everywhere and smiling constantly. Our focus never waned, but it was evident to all that we loved what we do and the encouragement motivated spectators to keep encouraging.
Team FCA Endurance is a force. That was evident during the awards ceremony when it seemed like every time they called out a place for the different age groups, a member of our team went forward to collect. That certainly raised a number of eyebrows and interest in our team.
During lunch at Applebees, Leigh White was stopped by a man sitting at the bar who asked what who we were and unaware that FCA had an endurance team. He used to lead a huddle in a school and was visibly encouraged by our entire team.