May 25, 2022 - OWOSSO, MI – The second annual Shiawassee Triathlon took place in Owosso and Corunna last weekend, May 22, through the combined efforts of the Fitness Coliseum and Friends of the Shiawassee River. Thanks to the generous event sponsors, 212 individual participants, 17 relay teams, over 100 volunteers (more than half being repeat volunteers from last year), and all those who came down to cheer everyone on, the event was a great success! Participants ran from the Fitness Coliseum in downtown Owosso to McCurdy Park in Corunna, where they entered the water and paddled back toward Owosso. In the last leg of the event, triathletes exited the river on Jerome Avenue, near the NCG movie theater (with the help of many enthusiastic volunteers) and continued to the biking portion in the streets south of Owosso - finishing the race where they started, at the Fitness Coliseum.
A total of 233 people participated in the race, ranging in age from 12 to 76. Racers traveled from cities all over Michigan, including Bay City, Royal Oak, Saugatuck and Grand Rapids (to name a few) and out of state participants traveled from Brecksville, OH, Chicago, IL, Chattanooga, TN, and Depew, NY. The finishing times for the race ranged from 1:23:54 to 3:06:16, so various levels of experience and competitiveness were welcomed and appreciated.
The winners of the event were as follows (for a full list of participant times, visit https://www.athlinks.com/event/330784/results/Event/1000499/Course/2248656/Results):
● First Place - Stephen Moelter with a time of 1:23:54 (see photo)
● Kali Bayes of Fort Gratiot, MI - 1:34:58 (see photo)
Youth M/F Age Group (ages 17 and younger)
● First Place - Josie Jenkinson of Corunna, MI - 1:36:00
● Second Place - Brady Robishaw of St. Charles, MI - 1:39:03
● Third Place - David Peterson of Owosso, MI - 1:53:02
Male Age Group (ages 18-54)
● First Place - David Madrigal II of Durand, MI - 1:26:08
● Second Place - Ty Hart of Corunna, MI - 1:27:42
● Third Place - Greg Jenkinson of Corunna, MI - 1:28:12
Female Age Group (ages 18-54)
● First Place - Jennifer Zielinski of Essexville, MI - 1:40:37
● Second Place - Kelly Turek of Owosso, MI - 1:41:48
● Third Place - Jamie Madrigal of Mt. Pleasant, MI - 1:42:42
Masters M/F Age Group (ages 55 and older)
● First Place - Derrick Fries of Clarkston, MI - 1:28:06
● Second Place - Daniel Durany of Owosso, MI - 1:42:15
● Third Place - Laura Meyer of Owosso, MI - 1:44:05
● First Place - Josh’s 50 Year Revival - 1:39:48
● Second Place - Young Olds of Owosso - 1:44:41
● Third Place - Ron & The Schlaakers - 1:48:24
The date for the Shi-Tri in 2023 will be Sunday, May 21, so mark your calendars!
“We are so happy with our second year of the event!” said Brianna Carroll, owner/operator of Fitness Coliseum. “We made some tweaks to the race from last year that allowed things to run more smoothly. We had over 100 more participants on the course this year, and those participants came from farther and wider than last year! I can’t wait to continue improving and growing the event. The future of the Shi-Tri is looking great!”
Those sentiments were echoed by the co-host of the event, the Friends of the Shiawassee River.
"The Friends are thrilled that we were able to work with Brianna and Fitness Coliseum again this year tofacilitate this fun and exciting community event," said Rebecca Huska, Friends of the Shiawassee River'sEvents & Communications Coordinator. “Many thanks to all those who planned, participated, andvolunteered to make the second annual Shi-Tri a success. We look forward to seeing you all again next year!"
The race organizers would also like everyone to join in to thank this year’s sponsors – without whom this event would not be possible: Presenting Sponsor: Memorial Hospital; Run Sponsor: Norm Henry Shoes; Paddle Sponsor: RWI Manufacturing; Ride Sponsor: Byk-Rak; Underwriting Sponsor: Woodworth Commercial; Experience Sponsor: Shiawassee Health & Wellness; Finish Line Sponsor: Crest Marine; Design Sponsor: Darker Mfg. Co.; the Shi~CHAMP Sponsors: Parson/Niles Wealth Management Group of Wells Fargo, REMAX of Owosso, Team One Credit Union, Advanced Eye Care and Contact Lens Center; and the Shi~TRIBE Sponsors: American Recycling Center, Inc., Azee Printing Solutions, DayStarr Communications, Great Lakes Fusion, Hat Trick Tents & Events, Merit Laboratories, Shiawassee Economic Development Partnership, Shiawassee River Water Trail Coalition, Weather Vane Roofing.
The Fitness Coliseum is a one-stop shop for fitness and wellness – focusing on providing fun, effective, and safe fitness classes to people of all ages, shapes, sizes, and fitness levels. They pride themselves on creating a supportive environment that lifts people up and encourages them to be the best they can be.
The Friends of the Shiawassee River is a 501©3 nonprofit organization governed by a local board of directors and supported by a dedicated group of volunteers and generous donors. The mission of the Friends is to help the community Care, Share, and Enjoy the Shiawassee River. The Friends are committed to improving the river environment and promoting the responsible use of/enhancing the appreciation of the River throughout its watershed.