WATERLOO, MI, June 18th— Annually, for the past 10 years, over 500 women have gathered at the Waterloo State Recreation Area for a very special triathlon: The Tri Goddess Tri. In 2009, it was the first-ever all-women’s triathlon to be held in Michigan, and it continues to be the largest. This year they will be celebrating 10 years, while honoring the life and legacy of a very special person.
In 2008, Karen McKeachie had an idea to put on the first-ever all-women’s triathlon to be held in the state of Michigan. She asked Eva Solomon to help her. Karen was an avid triathlete and cyclist, and spent much of her time riding her bike with friends, In August of 2016, while out on a typical ride with friends, McKeachie was killed by a vehicle.
This year’s race, which is the 10-year celebration of the event, will honor the life and legacy of Karen McKeachie and will raise money for the Karen’s Trail campaign which was supports the building the B2B trail.
“We started Tri Goddess Tri ten years ago because Michigan needed a fun, inclusive all-women’s multi-sport event. It’s our mission to make sure that women of all ages, sizes, and physical abilities have the opportunity to participate in a triathlon where they feel welcome4 and valued,” said Eva Solomon, co-founder of Tri Goddess Tri and CEO and founder of Epic Races.
This year, Epic Races is inviting women to a whole weekend of exciting events. Kicking off on June 22nd, the ZenTri will welcome the Summer Solstice with a triathlon consisting of Run, Yoga, Meditate. June 23rd, the will offer Olympic and mini triathlons. Solomon says, “We also offer an Aquabike which is swim, bike, done which appeals to many!” June 24th, will be the traditional Tri Goddess Tri which happens each year and includes sprint triathlon, sprint duathlon, sprint aquabike, sprint relay, and a mini-sprint triathlon.
With racing happening the entire weekend, Epic Races has prepared activities for participants throughout the day which they are calling Tri Goddess Non- Tri Events. They include Art in the Park, Yoga on the Beach, Swimming, Bike Maintenance and more. There will be special celebrities over the course of the weekend including author Meredith Atwood who is more commonly known as “Swim Bike Mom” on social media.
“Everything about this race is special! The women who organize this race are amazing and so full of energy! They make everything fun and exciting and make sure we all understand everything about the tri. Everyone who cheers for us is so special! If it wasn’t I wouldn’t keep coming back.” said Betty Lathrop, a 9th year participant of the race.
Participants range in age from 12 years old to some octogenarians. The race includes mother-daughter and three-generation categories. “Each year I am thrilled to see how triathlon had become so accessible and families can share the fun and fitness. When triathlon first started in the eighties, people thought it was reserved for only ultra-athletes. It’s a lifestyle and I love promoting it,” says Solomon.
Races will begin June 22 at 6:30 p.m. at Big Portage Lake Unit of the Waterloo Recreation Area and run through Sunday, June 24 at the same location. For more information, please visit www.trigoddesstri.com.