Letter to the editor
To the EDN:
On behalf of the Regional Wellness Center, I would like to extend a great big thank you to the participants, our Sponsors and to everyone who volunteered to help during our 5K Run, Triathlon, and Kid’s Triathlon that was held on Saturday, May, 29th.
The event drew 179 participants for the three races. This represents a 45 percent increase in participation over last’s years event. Over 75 percent of the participants came from communities outside of Estherville. We drew participants from Omaha, Sioux City, Sioux Falls, Brookings, Minneapolis, Des Moines, Rochester, and all points in-between. While in Estherville for the event, many of them dined, shopped, stayed in our motels, and filled up with gas.
First, I would like to say thank you to our event sponsors: Hoyer Chiropractic, Pizza Hut, Riverside Sinclair, M.E.’s Body Shop. Avera Holy Family Health, Employee’s Credit Union, HyVee, NorthStar Bank and Agency, Green Plains Superior LLC, Northwest Bank, Iowa Lakes Electric Cooperative, ExCel! Estherville, Estherville Chamber of Commerce, and Pepsi of Estherville. Without their support we would not be able to offer a quality event at a very reasonable fee.
A great bunch of volunteers helped ensure the safety of the runners, bikers, and swimmers. Helping with the 5K race were: David Nitchals, Tina Natterstad, Sam Natterstad, Sonya Gjerde, Molly O’Hara, Kris Moeller, Jo Currell, and Sue Tostenson. North Star Triathlon helpers included: Jim Willey, Tony Nath, Elaine Quastad, Tony Nitchals, David Nitchals, Jean Grems, Jenny Nitchals, Larinda Mueller, Paul Arnold, Sue Guge, Roger Guge, Paige Guge, Dick Magnuson, Tom Mart, Chuck Nourse, Kate Woods, Al Hall, Kim Olson, Jolene Ayers, Dave Nitchals, Sr, Bob Brunskill, Terra Bill, Tyler Swanson, Abbi Nitchals, Michelle Hoyer, Cory Hoyer, Darin Johnson, Julie Willey, Eric Milburn and the Estherville Police Department, and Mike Martens and the Emmet County Sheriffs Department. Also a big thank you to Roger Patocka, Emmet County Engineer and his staff for road repair prior to the race. Helping with the Kid’s Triathlon were: Abbi Nitchals, Paige Guge, David Nitchals, Dave Nitchals, Sr., Kathi Mortimore, Tyler Swanson, Terra Bill, Ashton Reisner, Tony Nath, Michelle Hoyer, Cory Hoyer, Jenny Nitchals, Jean Grems, and Danny Kirchner. I would also like to thank Jo Currell for organizing the 5K race and Penny Swanson for organizing the Kid’s Triathlon.
The staff received many compliments on the quality and great organization of the event this would not be possible without the help and contributions of the aforementioned businesses and volunteers. Again thanks to everyone for making our race day a huge success.
Bob Grems, RWC Director