has provided me a way to challenge myself without the
pressure of "letting down a team". Everyone is so kind
and supportive - from the race coordinators right down
to the participants. Competitors cheering for one
another. Families cheering on their own participants
AND everyone else. The entire experience feels
wonderful and always fills me with joy. Multisport has
allowed me to feel a tremendous sense of pride in myself
and given me a sense of accomplishment. Knowing the
physical challenges that face my little girl and how
disheartening they can be I wanted to give [her] the
opportunity to try a TRI and feel her own sense of
accomplishment. She had such a great time!!!!! She
even enjoyed a pep talk from a race coordinator that
"getting a medal is not the most important part of the
experience." Hearing it from someone other than her
momma cemented the point. When we got home Saturday afternoon
she set up a mini-transition area and started
practicing. She has asked me to sign her up for the
next kids' TRI. She's excited and determined!!!! It's
so wonderful to see this spark. Thank you for providing
a well organized race in a welcoming environment. Thank
you for all of your words of encouragement and belief in
the pre-race meeting. Thank you for giving her the
opportunity to consider herself an athlete. It brought
tears to my eyes to watch her take part and to cheer her
across the finish line. Thank you more than I can ever
On behalf of
Sabrina, Nick and I; we would like to take a moment to
thank you and all of the people at Tri it Now for a
great event last Sunday July 21, 2013. Each person we
came into contact with had such a great attitude and
were so encouraging that words alone cannot express how
grateful we are since this was our first event. The
professionalism was by far much greater than even large
events we have participated around central Virginia.
I wanted to send you this to say thanks; even though
this does not even begin to express our feelings. The
way you and Kevin were so supportive from the pre-event
meeting, setting up transition, during the pool swim and
while we were running was phenomenal. We also would like
to thank the other athletes at this event, even the
serious triathaletes were very accommodating and
encouraging during all aspects of the race. I know
several of these athletes kept saying to me during each
stage “keep going; you are doing great!”
We will be attending more events with your organization
and look forward to other events in the future.
for getting back to me. The Manassas Mini Tri was my
very first race. I'd never done a competitive swim race,
bike race or run race in my life. I was a career soccer
player with no interest in track or endurance sports.
I remember being so nervous about my first triathlon and
you were so kind, encouraging and patient in doing the
pre-race briefings. I hung on every word.
I even went to the local bike shop the day before the
race, walked in, told them I wanted their cheapest bike
they had (it was a Trek shop, so it was still
expensive). They asked me when I was racing and laughed
when I said it was the next day.
I'd done all my training on a stationary bike in a gym.
You see, I had found an 8 week triathlon training
program on the internet and was doing it to lose weight
and get fit. I only heard of your race the week before,
and it happened to land on the "race day" on my little
Anyway, after your race, I got hooked and I joined Team
in Training and did the Nations Tri in September 2011.
Since then, I've done 11 triathlons, including two half
Ironmans. Also, my 20 year old son decided to join the
fray and signed up to do Nations in 2012. I had him do
your race in August last year as a warm up and he won
his age group. He was only one of two, but hey, "the
world is led by those who show up!"
Well, I'm happy to report that I just completed my first
full Ironman on Sunday. I did the Ironman Lake Placid
2013 with a new tri team called T3 Honu. It was an
amazing experience that I will never forget.
When my wife asked me how I felt after finishing, I told
her it was like my first tri in Manassas, only a lot
longer. I told how I remember you being so nice and
telling us we were about to be "triathletes".
I just wanted to let you know that you helped me reach a
goal that had never even thought was possible. I never
knew I'd be interested in this sport, and I would never
have thought I'd even attempt an Ironman.
When people ask me where to start, I refer them to your
series because it is fun, low stress and inviting. You
put people at ease and empower them to try something
that can seem overwhelming.
Thank you for helping me take that first bite of that
elephant. I'll see you at one of your races soon,
possibly as a volunteer.