High Altitude Society column: Vail Valley Charitable Fund’s LG Triathlon a winner
July 14, 2015
EAGLE — Racers were up at the crack of dawn to make the 7 a.m. start of the Vail Valley Charitable Fund's LG Tri on Saturday in Eagle. Race headquarters was located at the Eagle Pool & Ice Rink, and racers were treated to a beautiful and well-organized course. Longtime local Deb Yenerich was out of breath and still on a racer's adrenaline high when I caught up to her.
"It is a great course for a great cause," she said. "And it is just fun to give back to the community. We have everyone out here from every ability. It is such a community event."
Just then, Angie Osbourne came up to give Yenerich a big congratulatory hug and thank you.
"It is great to meet a new friend and have their support out on the course," Osbourne said.
Support was definitely the theme of the day, which emcee Matt Scherr eloquently reminded the crowd as he announced race results and the mission of the day.
The annual LG Tri is a day celebrating the life of Laura Genelin, who was supported by the nonprofit Vail Valley Charitable Fund. The fund was set up in 1996 with the mission to provide assistance to individuals who live and work in Eagle County who are experiencing financial hardship due to a medical crisis. Vail Valley Charitable Fund marketing and events manager Lauren Emenaker was delighted with the turnout.
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"We have 162 participants — 97 adults and 37 kids. We doubled the number of kids this year and ran out of T-shirts. It has been a super exciting and gorgeous day," Emenaker said.
Other pivotal people were Michelle and Brian Maloney and all the volunteers. Brian Maloney's race photographs will be available on the Vail Valley Charitable Fund Facebook page and the LG Tri website. Save the date for the BecTri, which will be held on Aug. 1 at Nottingham Park in Avon. Thanks went out to all the auction donors, racers, supporters and volunteers.
For more information on the Vail Valley Charitable Fund, visit http://www.vvcf.org.
Betty Ann Woodland is a longtime local who covers social events including fundraisers for nonprofits, local happenings and soirees of all kinds. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.