My background is in Recreation and Leisure Services Management. Post college graduation, I spent 10 years as a Therapeutic Recreation Specialist working with adults and children with disabilities. I changed careers in 2008, and stayed in the health and fitness industry. I was a senior store manager at TrySports and simultaneously managed two locations of a triathlon store, one in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina and one in Charlotte, North Carolina. I discovered how rewarding it was to work with beginners and what a difference it made to help someone get the right start. Through TrySports I met the founder of a non-profit called Tri it for Life (TIFL). TIFL inspires women of all ages, sizes, backgrounds and abilities to develop healthy lifestyles through multisport training, membership and commitment. TIFL is an all-volunteer run, non-profit organization that uses mentorship to prepare women to participate in their first women’s only triathlon. Tri It For Life mentors spend 12 weeks helping athletes discover a new title—Triathlete! Tri It For Life not only helps women train for their first women’s only triathlon, they encourage women to put themselves first. Since 2008, more than 1,800 women athletes supported by over 800 mentors have crossed the finished line. Tri It for Life helps women start the journey to become triathletes by saying, “You can do it!” I knew I wanted to bring a chapter of TIFL to Mt. Pleasant I just didn’t know when. In 2011, I took a break from triathlon to have my first two children. I couldn’t stay fully away from triathlon so I worked with a girl of high school age who was blind to learn the sport of triathlon. We participated on a tandem team. It was amazing.
I missed triathlon so much that in 2014 I invited a group of my friends (all new to triathlon) to train for a race together. Most of the group thought I was crazy, but I was able to convince them to try it and they had an amazing experience. As a result, the idea developed between me and my close friend, Kelly, to start a local Charleston Chapter of Tri It For Life (TIFL). The time was finally here. TIFL Charleston was about to be born. The closest women’s only triathlon was in North Carolina. I realized that there was a void in the community so I decided to produce an all-women triathlon, which is where the idea for the event called She Tris developed. It is my goal to continue to inspire women to put themselves first and create their own journey to becoming a triathlete.
She Tris is Charleston’s only all-women triathlon and welcomes women of all ages, sizes, ability levels and backgrounds. Daughters, mothers, sisters, aunts, and grandmothers can all participate together. Our tag line is- All Women, 3 Sports. One Journey. The Second Annual She Tris will take place at I’On Club and surrounding neighborhoods on June 10, 2017. The event is a triathlon consisting of a 200 yard swim, 9 mile bike and 2 mile run. It’s a scenic course that takes in glimpses of the beautiful Low-country lifestyle. A pool swim makes this event truly beginner friendly. It’s spectator friendly as well, which makes for an enjoyable experience for families.
She Tris believes in encouraging women to have a healthy lifestyle and to create their own journey to participate in the sport of triathlon. Tri it For Life is our natural fit for a charitable partner and proceeds from the event will benefit the non-profit. However and wherever the journey starts, She Tris is an event any woman can accomplish. If she believes she can, she will!
It is my hope with this blog, and with the help of guest bloggers, you will get an insight of why triathlon is worth your time and money (the gear is half the fun), struggles and laughs along the way, and how to start your very own journey.
For more information on Tri It For Life, visit triitforlife.com.
Yours in fitness,