YMCA looks to revitalize triathlon

Photo submitted – Shown is the beginning of the race at this year’s Ridgway Triathlon.
Staff Writer

For 36 years, the Ridgway Triathlon has been welcoming spring the fourth Saturday of April.
What started as a team sport has transformed in later years to an Ironman's dream to run, bike and paddle.
“Spectators used to line the streets to watch their kids and spouse compete,” said YMCA board president Jane Bryndel. “Now few come to watch and cheer. There are a few dozen volunteers (firefighters, police at the start, borough street sweeping, amateur radio crew, ambulance, water stations) who keep this event going.”
However, participants dropped to under 70 this year.
“The triathlon coordinators at the Ridgway YMCA would like to welcome community members to attend an idea meeting,” Bryndel said. “Bring your thoughts to reenergize this event.”
Everyone is welcome at the Ridgway YMCA at 7 p.m. on Monday, June 5 for the meeting.
“These are some ideas already on the table: team up with another Ridgway event, create a stronger online presence, improve food choices, find more sponsors, involve the Chamber of Commerce, create an art competition for the T-shirt design,” Bryndel said. “What are your thoughts? And let's not forget what we do well – awesome volunteers, safety improvements, lots of prizes and helping to motivate people to get moving in the spring.” 
For more information, please contact janebryndel@msn.com or the Ridgway YMCA.