Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Celebrity Tri at High Cliff

While it might fall short of the spectacular blogger convention held recently at Wildflower, we have another celebrity tri event coming up in June. The High Cliff Triathlon held in the Fox Cities at the High Cliff state park promises to be an awesome event. Bloggers and raceAthletes alike will converge on the Fox Valley the weekend of June 23-24 for good times and good friends. Oh yeah, some of us will be racing, too.

A member of the sponsoring
tri club, I will be doing all I can to host anyone from the Tri Blog Community in town, that weekend. In addition to the various official events, we will have some kind of food and fun at the Pol homestead. Transportation, course tours, and local information will all be available race weekend. Anyone needing hotel or other information prior to then, just let me know and I'll do whatever I can to help out.

I am very excited about the group that is coming for the race. In "information received" order, here are some of the names I know.

Coming in from St. Louis to race with a college friend,
George Schweitzer is an amazing triathlete with several Ironman finishes under his belt. He always provides very informative and educational race reports, and I truly look forward to meeting him. And while I have little hope of competing against him, the opportunity to race with and learn from him is exciting.

Another "local" personality,
Tri Mom (not to be confused with Tri Mama), will be racing. The opportunity to meet bloggers with whom I am less familiar is always awesome. And finding triathletes who live closer than several states away is also cool.

With perhaps the longest trip, gymgator will be up from Florida for the race. He will have the opportunity to race with sheepshead instead of sharks, algae instead of alligators. Luckily, it is summer, so he shouldn't freeze too badly.

We will also have a trio of sponsored raceAthlete members, two of whom are blogger royalty.
Simply Stu of podcasting fame will make the trip from Madison for the race. It will be great to meet one of the top sports podcasters in the country. I can only hope to live up to the example he sets every time tri-bloggers descend upon Madison.

Rural Girl will also be making an appearance. After tearing up Wildflower, she is more than ready for the killer hill that starts the bike and run portions of the race. Of course, after Wildflower, she'll probably look at the course and say, "What hill?"

Finally, schedule changes for
Iron Wil came out in our favor. In addition to the Spirit of Racine Triathlon in July, Iron Wil is headed to Wisconsin for the High Cliff triathlon. After meeting her the day before IM Wisconsin, last year, I look forward to the opportunity to spend a little more time with her.

Every chance to meet with tri-bloggers is one to be taken. I am really looking forward to having everyone in town for this race. If you are reading this, are racing at High Cliff, and don't see your name, please let me know. I'll add you to the list and keep you in the loop as things develop.


Di aka "Mrs Bigun" said...

sounds like fun fun fun!!

Veeg said...

I am 93% sure that I will be there for the sprint.

Tri Mom said...

Wow! I can't wait to meet everyone. I was telling a friend of mine tonight about getting the chance to meet you and the rest coming to High Cliff. She asked if I was nervous about meeting new people, and my immediate response was no, that I find so much inspiration from all of you! While we've never meet, the positive and encouraging vibes are alive. 4 weeks and counting!

Wendy said...

Sounds just fantastic, Iron Pol!

SkiRough said...

I am jealous that you get to hang out with George. Sounds like you're being a great host, Pol!

George Schweitzer said...

Hehe...thanks for the shout-out. I look forward to meeting you up there and enjoying some of wisconsin's finest.

Anonymous said...

With such a busy training schedule, and your generous hosting duties, it is no wonder that you forgot to call your mom or send a gift, again.

Kewl Nitrox said...

Looks like you guys/gals are having loads of fun. I am green with envy!