Dylan Beitel, race director and sponsorship coordinator, has hosted the event for two years. Tasks such as ordering medals and T-shirts to market the event and getting the correct permits were only some of the tasks Beitel took on to host the event.
“The planning started in April of 2018,” Beitel said. “We had to contact various departments in order to put on the race including Student Activities and Involvement, UFPD, UPD, RecSports and USA Triathlon.”
Beitel said this event alone helped the team fundraise over $15,000 for the TriGators Triathlon Club.
Eight members of the TriGators Triathlon team participated in the event. The team claimed the Overall Florida Collegiate Triathlon Conference Omnium Championship.
Charlie Le Grand, race director, said the team enjoys watching everyone give their best effort and really racing as hard as they can.“My favorite part was watching my dad and brother finish their first ever triathlon at the one I organized,” Le Grand said.
Although Charlie and Dylan were the race directors, Beitel said it took the entire team’s efforts that helped them put on this event year in and year out.
“Planning for the 2020 race has already began and we are looking forward to it being even larger and better,” Beitel said.
Written by: Sydney Dishman
Sport Club Intern