On Nov. 8, the sun was shining on the community of Kingman. Amid music and smiles, athletes of all ages and abilities gathered to help celebrate the life of Dick Tomlin and the sport that he loved - triathlon.
In the town that he so loved, the "spirit" of the sport was alive and well.
On behalf of the Tomlin family, I thank our sponsors: Kingman Regional Medical Center, Bicycle Outfitters, the city of Kingman, Dr. J. R. DiCarlo, Dr. Joseph Tedesco, Kentucky Fried Chicken/Long John Silver, The Hampton Inn and The Kingman Daily Miner.
The event sponsorship also extends to Ohio and Tucson Racing Inc., and the valley: Landis Cyclery, Sole Sports, AAA Landscaping and Excel and Beyond Coaching.
We could not have such a great event without these folks. And then there are the volunteers: More than 100 folks helped to make for a smooth, safe race.
KAOL, KHS, Mohave County Sheriff's Office, Kingman Police Department, Kingman Fire Department, and countless other community members came together to direct, cheer and assist athletes.
The folks who gave their time, effort and resources are to be admired. After all, the volunteers are on the course far longer than the athletes.
More than 150 athletes entered the 5K, Kids' Tri and Sprint Tri, coming from as far away as Chicago.
You were great!
And thank you to the downtown Kingman neighborhood. Once a year we take over the streets of Kingman and we are are grateful for your support.
I realize how truly blessed our family is to live in/hail from a community like Kingman and to have the support and friendship of folks both locally and afar.
I am humbled by your constant willingness to give of yourselves and support this event and our family.
With the help of our sponsors, athletes and volunteers, we will be back next year.
Why not start training now? We'd love to see you out there for the 5th-Annual Dick Tomlin's Spirit of Triathlon.