When South Seas Island Resort signed on to host the first-ever Captiva Triathlon, scheduled to take place on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 17 and 18, race organizers knew that it was going to take a herculean effort to successfully stage the athletic showcase.
In promoting all comers to descend upon the tiny barrier island for a weekend filled with running, bicycling and swimming endurance competitions, those same organizers knew it was going to require the collective energies of both Captiva's and Sanibel's local community to help put on an event that - fingers crossed - might become one of the most popular sporting events on the Southwest Florida calendar each and every fall.
But with any startup activity, you never know.
Last week, the people behind the inaugural Galloway Captiva Tri - as the event is now known as - proudly announced that they had reached full capacity (500) for adult participants in Sunday's triathlon, which begins with a 440-yard Gulf swim, followed by a 10-mile bike ride and concluding with a 3.1-mile run. They also revealed that space remains for Saturday's junior triathlon competitions for younger (ages 6-9 and 10-13) athletes.
Organizers also put out a call for volunteers to assist them in staging a successful event, with available spots open in nearly every capacity: swim course, transition area, bike course, run course, registration, timing, body marking, finish line, water stations and food set-up. With less than three weeks remaining until race weekend, filling those spots as soon as possible is critical.
We are encouraging all of our readers, as well as their friends and neighbors, to do their part and sign up to become a volunteer at the Galloway Captiva Tri. An investment of a little bit or your time and talents supporting not only the athletes who will compete in these races, but of the event itself, will be something our community can be proud of.
Volunteerism is something islanders have become known for. In fact, whenever one of Sanibel or Captiva's non-profit groups and community organizations speak about their successes, credit is most often given to their volunteers. Whether they are museum docents, caring for injured animals or staging a fundraiser, the islands' corps of volunteers are the backbone.
At the upcoming triathlon, we hope they will be, too.
For information on how to become a volunteer, visit www.captivatri.com.
- Reporter editorial