Moose Lake Star Gazette - Serving Carlton and Pine Counties Since 1895

By Bethany Helwig
Moose Lake Star-Gazette 

A look behind the curtain

From the Editor


By some miracle, the smothering heat and humidity (mostly) cleared away this last weekend. The end result was decent weather for the Moose Lake Triathlon.

This was my first year volunteering with the race. I’ve been to plenty of marathons and 5Ks. I know how a race looks from both a spectator’s view and that of a participant. Now I’ve gotten a taste of what it’s like to put such an event together.

Volunteers were on hand very early in the morning (5:30 a.m., which is early to be out and about for me anyway). Plans had been laid out the night before at a meeting but it was still a bit chaotic the morning of. Adults and members of the local football team set about constructing the transition zone for the triathlon, erecting bike racks and barricades. The buoys for the swimming portion were inflated, kayaks were set in a line on shore, and people kept an eye on the skies for any changing weather conditions.

Although there was obviously a good deal of work involved, it was also very satisfying to see it all come together for the excited racers.

I look forward to helping out in future years and watching the triathlon grow.


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