UTG takes on the Atlanta triPATHlon and gives away iPad!
Sunday, May 6th dawned bright, clear and cool; perfect weather for the challenging triPATHlon at Chastain Park. Six athletes from UTG prepared to take their place in history as the first ever UTG triPATHletes. Team UTG (Undefeated Triathlon Group) featured Bryan Brooks (swim), Alicia Cobb (bike), and Brian Miller (run) facing individual competitors Suzanne Daymude, Eric Dykes, and Brian Bassham.
The triPATHlon was also a UTG fundraiser for Camp TBI, a summer camp for children who suffer from traumatic brain injuries. For the past few months UTG athletes, staff and friends have been actively raising money to support this great cause.
Eric prepares to join the thrashing throng of racers!
Next, the tireless athletes jumped on their bikes, or tagged up with a teammate, for the 15 mile scenic bike course over rolling hills and tree-lined streets of beautiful homes and some nasty potholes!
Hey Alicia, did you see the size of that pothole?
As racers came and went through the final transition, the anchor for team UTG, Brian Miller, prepared to run his first ever 5K. While Brian was waiting to take off, Eric was the first competitor from UTG to cross the finish line in a blistering time of 1:31.
After tagging up with Alicia, Brian bolted onto the increasingly hot course. He ran a strong final leg but couldn’t overtake Suzanne who crossed the finish line next at 1:51. She was pumped! “I had so much fun and it felt so rewarding that Bash and I are doing another triathlon in June!”
Brian Miller charges to the finish line.
Bash came in right behind Brian and achieved his personal goal of 2 hours. Way to go UTG triPATHletes!
UTG’s 2012 triPATHletes: Bash, Alicia, Brooks, Brian, Eric, and Suzanne.
Eric was pleased with everyone’s results for the day. “The triPATHlon was a huge success in my mind. We had a relay team of all UTG employees as well as 3 individual entries from the company. Not only did everyone get out and do a fun fitness event together, but every one of our triathletes helped to raise awareness for Camp TBI. Their efforts raised enough financial support to pay the equivalent of four campers. I thought the event was a perfect blend of team building and service. But the highlight for me had to be when Kylie showed up to support us all. She even went as far as to bake us cookies, the perfect recovery food.”
That’s right, Camp TBI camper Kylie and her mom Rachel came to the race to cheer on UTG and provide sustenance with her special homemade chocolate chip cookies. Yummy! Alicia added, “The triPATHlon was a ton of fun and those hills on the bike were a great workout! It was a gorgeous day and there was no better way to end the race than eating a handful of cookies made by Kylie! Delicious!”
Eric and Kylie share a thumbs-up for a great event!
And the winner of the iPad was…
Brian Miller! That’s right, in a totally random drawing of all entrants and witnessed by at least five people, Brian Miller was the winner. But the story doesn’t end there. Brian generously chose to give the iPad to UTG’s number one fan, Kylie! She had wanted an iPad and some cool educational apps for over a year, so she was THRILLED with Brian’s gift! As a thank you, she brought us more delicious cookies when she came to the office to pick up her iPad and case.
Brian gladly traded the iPad for more of Kylie’s delicious cookies!
Thanks, Kylie and a SUPER BIG thank you to all of you who donated to the Camp TBI Fundraiser!! If you’d like to see more photos visit our Facebook page.
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