Swim. Bike. Run. Those were the only three actions on the minds of thousands of participants in Sunday’s Nautica New York City Triathlon. Thanks to a generous invitation from Nautica - an Oceana corporate sponsor – Jon Frank and I arrived in the Big Apple on Thursday for three days of information sharing with these tremendous athletes (and their entourages!)
Regardless of whether we met someone from Western Australia or the Upper West Side, there was a definite connection between the triathletes and the well being of our blue planet. Scuba divers, recreational fisherman and surfers were among the crowd, and they all enjoyed relating their experiences from the Hudson River to Lake Placid to Kailua Bay. With the help of an energetic and passionate volunteer corps, we generated hundreds of new Wavemakers for Oceana’s eNewsletter and spread the word about protecting the oceans to hundreds more.
Aside from our volunteer support, we had seven athletes participate on behalf of “Team Oceana.” In addition to their training duties prior to the race, these altruistic gladiators put forth maximum effort toward individual fundraising goals and helped raise over $3000 for Oceana.
On Sunday, their determination was evident as our relay team finished sixth and three of our athletes turned in excellent times under three hours. Racing in the Clydesdale Division for Oceana was Kristen Berry, Oceana’s own Commodore of the Ocean Conservation Yacht Club. Kristen not only turned in one of the best individual times for Team Oceana, but also distinguished himself by raising the most money too.
Jon and I had a fantastic time in New York City and were lucky enough to meet a lot of people who care about the oceans and are excited about the work Oceana does.
Please check out the slide show to see pictures from the Expo and some great shots from the finish line.
Special Thanks to the following Triathlon Clubs for helping promote Team Oceana: SBR Multisports, Full Throttle Endurance Racing, Enhance Sports Triathlon Team, Brooklyn Triathlon Club, Team Mossman, and T3.
Special Thanks to all our volunteers: Marina Barry, Eliza Williams, Kimberly Thomas, Debra Babilonia, Kamila Zoborowska, Lauren Casa, Kimberly Thomsen, Kristina Bilello, Jennifer Truman, Ken Lonyai, Marie Ponsot, Len Jacobs, Cecilia Campos, Dora Argueta, Haresh Assomull, Sarah Sherber, Carolyn Correira, Theresa Kelley, Lindsay Deitch, Bob Lebensold, Laura Kulaw, Lesley Johnson, Elizabeth Floyd, Karen Board, Channasa Taylor, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Garcia, Aaron Anderson, Chris Campbell, and Christopher Land.
Special Thanks to Team Oceana Athletes: Kristen Berry, Martha Ann Underhill, Tracy Woods, Christelle Labat-Comess, Bridgid Thomas, Ruud Vermeulen, and Christine Shepherd.
Special Thanks to Nautica and Korff Enterprises