Looking for a way to get your family involved in a fun, new activity that will challenge and inspire them? Our May Hero of the Month, Joanna Rhodes, is the Race Director for the Big Brothers Big Sisters Get Fit TRYathlon and 5K/10K, and she encourages local families to participate in this unique event.
After participating in triathlons and other similar events herself, Rhodes decided she wanted to bring this kind of race to the Pittsburg area in order to encourage others to try something new and provide an opportunity for mentoring kids. This year marks the fourth year for the TRYathlon, plus the 5K race, which was added last year, and this year’s new addition – a 10K race. The TRYathlon event also includes a clinic, where kids learn the basics of training for and competing in the swimming, biking, and running portions of the race. The post race celebration will feature local business vendors, a jump house, the Jolly Trolley, and more.
Coordinating this event involves setting up registration, finding insurance, determining location and course, setting up advertising and marketing promotions, choosing t-shirts, swag items, and medals, finding sponsorship, coordinating with Pittsburg State University and the City of Pittsburg, finding volunteers to assist with race-day activities, and much more.
Rhodes’s favorite part of the TRYathlon is seeing kids come through the finish line – seeing how happy they are and hearing their excitement about finishing. She encourages you and your family to participate this year to experience this inspiring competition for yourself. For more information and to register, visit the Get Fit TRYathlon & Get Fit 5K/10K Facebook page. The kids’ clinic will take place June 1, and race day is June 2. Spectators are encouraged. All proceeds benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters.
Nominate Your Hero
We are on the lookout for more local Heroes! If you have a Hero, we want to hear about them! Whether your Hero is a neighbor that goes above and beyond to help you out or an organization making a difference, we’re interested in supporting the people that help make our community great!
Nominate your Hero by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also nominate by calling PittCafe at (620) 231-7920, messaging us on Facebook (search for Ron’s Supermarket), or filling out a nomination form in the Cafe. When nominating your Hero, be sure to include your name and telephone number, contact information for your Hero, and your reason for nominating your Hero.
The Hero of the Month will get recognition by having their photo and bio featured on the PittCafe Hero Wall and will receive free Cafe drinks during their feature month.