The record number of participants in this year’s Lake Max Triathlon on Aug. 12 produced a record amount of funds being given to local Culver charitable organizations this year. A total of $12,600 was divided among four groups. Culver Academies hosts the event.
The Culver Club of Culver, the Culver Lions Club, and the Culver Kiwanis Club each received $3,700 and the Culver Boys & Girls Club received $1,500, triathlon director Dana Neer said.
In addition to the donation, Boys & Girls Club members also receive a discount on their registration for the kids’ race. Funds from the Culver Club’s portion are also used to provide scholarships for Boys & Girls Club members to attend Junior Woodcraft Camp for seven- to nine-year-olds in June.
Accepting the checks on behalf of their organizations were Adam Gordon (left, Kiwanis), Barbara Winters (Lions Club), Neer (race director and Boys & Club), and Dick Swennumson ’63, N’60 (Culver Club of Culver).
A total of 498 people participated in this year’s triathlon, making it the largest event yet. The 2018 goal is 560 participants, Neer added. This was the first year for the duathlon, which features running and biking only.
A certified USAT triathlon, the Max competitors swim 400 meters around the Naval Pier, bike 11 miles around Lake Maxinkuckee, and run five kilometers along the lake and through downtown Culver. The duathlon includes a 2-kilometer run, followed by the 11-mile bike ride and 5-K run.
The local clubs provided 140 volunteers in addition to the Culver Military and Culver Community High School football teams, The Culver Club provided the post-race meals and set up the entertainment. The Kiwanis supervised the transition area and provided on-course support. The Lions Club took care of registration, course support, and handled traffic. The Boys and Girls Club staff supervises the kids’ race.
“We couldn’t do it without them,” Neer said.