Courage Triathlon fundraiser sees increased participation
The fourth annual Courage Triathlon fundraiser, under the auspices of Courage Worldwide, took place at Plumas Pines Resort on Aug. 25, and consisted of running, biking and kayaking, with individuals as well as three-person teams competing in the charity event.
A nonprofit headquartered in Sacramento, Courage Worldwide’s vision is to raise enough funds to acquire homes in every city in the nation and ultimately worldwide where there is a need to safely house teen girls 18 through young female adults from the unfortunate reality of sex trafficking and abuse.
The race, coordinated by Joanne Vice, started and ended at Plumas Pines Resort in Canyon Dam, featuring a 14-mile loop that encompassed a 2.8-mile run, followed by a 7.1-mile bike ride, and ending with a final leg that consisted of a 4.1-mile kayaking voyage along the west shore of Lake Almanor and then a short run to the finish line.
This year saw a record number of registered participants, totaling 259 athletes, approximately 50 more than last year, according to Dawn Hershberger, Courage Ambassador for Courage Worldwide.
In partnership with the USFS Almanor District, organizers of the Courage Triathlon wanted to thank Glen and Todd Geer of Plumas Pines Resort for lending their support in providing the venue for the race, as well as to the California Highway Patrol, which assisted in coordinating traffic.
The age of competitors who entered the triathlon ranged from teenagers all the way through athletes 70 and older. Three-person teams divided each leg of the race between team members.
This year’s overall winner of the triathlon, male division, was Pierre Redmond, 59, of Gardnerville, who participated in all three legs of the event, with a final time of 1:31:42.
Overall winner, female division, was Prairie Burt, 41, of Jamesville, with a time of 1:57:16.
The winner of the Women’s Team Division was once again the “Three Quick Chicks,” featuring Lisa Urquizu, 41; Bernadette Cizin, 38; and Mary Cizin, 16; all from Susanville, with a final time of 1:53:46.
The three-member team of the North Arm Regulars, consisting of John Shower, 75, of Greenville; Doreen Pinelli, 60, of Santa Rosa; and Michael Leonard, 29, of Reno, won their division for the third time in a row with a time of 1:30:36.
A number of organizations were also present at the fundraiser providing information to attendees, including Plumas Crisis Intervention & Resource Center, Lassen Family Services and others.
DJ Doug Cain from Susanville provided the music during the event.
As it does each year, the Bizz Running Company of Susanville times the race. For a complete listing of race times for all participants go to bizzrunningcompany.com.
Jenny Williamson, founder and CEO of Courage Worldwide, said she was pleased to not only attend the fundraiser — given a very busy schedule — but to participate in the race herself for the first time.
Williamson remarked, “I was so impressed with the level of professionalism and dedication of our 84 volunteers and the commitment by our sponsors who made the fundraiser so successful this year.”
She said the event is especially important “because it helps us maintain services” for the young women living in a secure home in Northern California, “where we provide not only a safe haven, but also resources for school tuition, babysitting services and diapers for the mothers, as well as rent, groceries, utilities, plus case management and trauma therapy” for the victims of human trafficking.
One hundred percent of the proceeds from the fundraiser go to these very important services, she added.
Check out the Courage Worldwide website at courageworldwide.org to donate (under the drop menu labeled Take Action), and for additional information on the organization.