Last summer, the leadership staff of the Lake Waconia Triathlon executed an exit strategy and the future of the Lake Waconia Triathlon was unknown. Race Founder Tom Konrardy, Race Director Marvin Denzer, and other committee members (including Jean Konrardy, Jeff Schnobrich, Tracy Shupe, Michelle Cox, Eric Nordin, and Shelly Denzer) stepped down from their 24-year run of the Lake Waconia Triathlon and offered the race up for someone else to take over.
Now, after only six months of searching, the Lake Waconia Triathlon will live on this summer in the secure hands of Final Stretch, Inc.
Outgoing Race Director Marvin Denzer said the Lake Waconia Triathlon leadership had a handful of interested parties to take over the event, but chose Final Stretch, Inc. because of the similar views.
“They, by far, were most aligned with what we have done the last 24 years,” Denzer said. “They aligned most with community involved, they aligned with the opportunity to donate to local charities, and they have a reputation of a safe, fun event.”
Other events have been taken over by Final Stretch, with positive results. Denzer said Final Stretch knows the importance of community and won’t take it for granted in Waconia.
“This guy realizes that to sustain the longevity of the event, it will take key community backing otherwise it won’t happen,” Denzer said.
Final Stretch owner Mark Bongers is excited to continue the history of the Lake Waconia Triathlon.
“We are extremely happy and honored to be selected by Tom and Marvin to preserve the legacy they created with this race,” Bongers said in a statement to Minnesota Tri News. “Lake Waconia is a perfect fit with our growing family of triathlons and duathlons. We are thrilled to be able to keep this race going for the athletes of Minnesota.”
Denzer and Final Stretch are aiming to making the transition of power as smooth as possible and both athletes and the community should experience a seamless transition. This year’s event is scheduled for Sunday, June 29 and registration is now open. Visit www.finalstretch.com/triathlons/lake-waconia-triathlon.html for more.
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