The end of another year at RTB - our 13th! And RTB continues to be about PEOPLE. We've come a long way from having 7 women running around in screen printed sports bras. Now look at you! A couple hundred women and men...in equal numbers, by the way, training and racing your hearts out all over the world. Settled here under an afghan with my laptop and spectacles a few days before Christmas, I am frankly in awe of what's happened in the baker's dozen of years that have passed in a blink.
I remember when a few folks on the team would do an Ironman. ONE Ironman. . Now, many of you are seasoned Ironman athletes, dragging more and more teammates with you to sign up for triathlon's hardest, longest, very rewarding day. We had 73 Ironman entries in 2015 on RTB. That's got to be a team record.
IM athletes haven't cornered the market on accomplishment. The majority of you raced short course and 70.3's in alarming numbers. And our non-triathlon entries (swim, bike, running races, etc.) numbered in the hundreds. In total team members raced more than 1500 times. You conquered new disciplines, set PR's, trained your hearts out.
RTB saw fun & capable additions to our coaching and administrative staff this year, who join a group of folks who we are so lucky to have. The PEOPLE who are keeping the wheels turning at RTB are a gift - thanks to all of you for a great year! In particular - Kathy Morrisson - what a treasure that one is. We'd be lost without her. I know I would
Our sponsors are actually PEOPLE too and we're grateful for their friendship and excited to be in the multisport playground together. We're very proud of the products and services they provide and certain that they will give the best you can get in their fields. Sponsorship isn't just business - it's friendship and we value theirs. Zach, Kathryn, Lance, Phil, Brad, Patrick, Rich - thank you!
Here at RTB we find ourselves with 3 triathlons that remain on the calendar in 2016. Why is that? What keeps our events growing and thriving? There's no doubt in my mind that it's PEOPLE who make the difference. Our athletes & spectators experience a ridiculous surplus of volunteers, staff, sponsors, etc - who generously and passionately work together and make this excellent, exciting, unforgettable experience. It seriously overwhelms me when I peel back a layer or two and think about what's actually happening out there. Makes me all silly and sappy....
No doubt you're taking time this holiday season to wrap your arms around the people in your lives who have cheered for you, washed your smelly laundry, found your missing glove, raised a glass to your victories, and listened patiently to your struggles. There are times our consuming sport consumes our best energy and the people closest to us get the leftovers. Let's give them the best we've got this holiday season - and into 2016. They deserve it . And we will continue, from the home office, to try and give our very best to you. You deserve it too.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year everyone!