It’s that time of year when people start looking at registering for their summer triathlons. I know it’s hard to think of racing a triathlon in Calgary right now after this mornings huge dump of snow, but trust me, summer will come quickly. One race to look at putting on your race calendar is the 2011 Joe’s Team triathlon. This is a sprint triathlon or duathlon held in Calgary on June 19. All the money raised for this event goes to towards a very specific avenue of Cancer research. In the past Joe’s Team has used the money to help hire dr’s at cancer centers in Ontario, where the triathlon started. This is the first year this race is in Calgary and organizers are working hard to make it a success. For more info, check out Joe’s Team website here or contact Katie McLean at 403.671.3103.
Last night was the Gold Medal Plates dinner in Calgary. There are 7 stops across Canada for this wonderful event which raises money for Canadian Olympic athletes and exhibits the culinary expertise of local chefs as well as the best wine in the country. The event started in 2004 and I have had the opportunity to be involved since 2005. Since it’s conception, Gold Medal Plates has raised over 2.8 Million dollars for Canadian Olympic and Paralympic athletes. Wednesday night I went down for a few hours to help set up for the event and then last night it was put on a suit and enjoy yourself with immaculate food and great conversation.
This year I was fortunate enough to be the athlete representative at Black Hills Estate Winery. Black Hills is not only one of the top vineyards in Canada (arguably the world), but they are also a long time supporter of Gold Medal Plates. Several of the wines exhibited at the event were graciously donated by Black Hills, which everyone appreciated. Everyone at the table was very friendly and eager to chat. I couldn’t have asked for a better table or more enjoyable conversation that ranged from athletics to careers to parties gone bad at Heritage Park. I would like to thank again Black Hills for purchasing a table last night and for their continued support of Canadian athletes. My table last night really made me feel supported and knowing there is that type of support for Canadian Athletes is very special.
Last night’s event makes me very optimistic about 2010 in Vancouver. Go Canada Go!