The 3rd Annual Metro Brokers TriathlON Friday is a fun event for families and professional triathletes, as well. Come join the fun on Friday night, June 3rd, 2011 at Cherry Creek State Park. Register at metrobrokerstriathlon.com.
Mike Bradley: Thank you.
Interviewer: You are talking about one of my most favorite events and it is our 3rd Annual Metro Brokers Triathlon.
Mike Bradley: Yes.
Interviewer: Coming up pretty soon too isn't?
Mike Bradley: Yeah, June 3rd of 2011.
Interviewer: Very good, at Cherry Creek State Park and tell me how you actually came up with the concept?
Mike Bradley: Well Metro Brokers had traditionally held a golf tournament and that's about 60 people who participate, it's one day, it doesn't have a lot of visibility and I proposed the idea of doing something that's bigger, attractive to a larger audience, has more publicity and realized from doing triathlons on my own that there's just not a lot of opportunities to do a triathlon and so we came up with this concept, got approved and moved forward from there.
Interviewer: And how did it actually come together and be a reality for you?
Mike Bradley: It took a while, but we got hooked up with a race director and he said, 'yeah, you can do this' and he put us in alignment with all the right resources and then we got a staff of volunteers and a great committee together and then Lodo's Bar & Grill jumped on as one of our bigger sponsors and they catered the whole thing. And our race director said you need something that's kind of unique to standout and a Friday evening event was what we selected, nothing is done on a Friday, and it works out so well.
Interviewer: Oh I think it does too, it's just awesome, and last year was my first year actually being there and I was just so amazed at how fun it is.
Mike Bradley: It's really good. Yeah.
Interviewer: It's just a great event and it's big... it's growing too isn't it?
Mike Bradley: Yeah it's a great, it's a family event, but it's also a USAT certified course. So we have professionals, we have amateurs, we have newbies, we have families that come out and do relay teams, it's just a great gathering on a Friday evening, it doesn't interfere with weekend activities and you know the publicity is great for Metro Brokers, but the sponsorship money, the registration money, all of it benefits and goes to the Adaptive Adventures charity, that's who we give that money to.
Interviewer: That's awesome. Tell me what's going to be a little bit different this year's event?
Mike Bradley: Well we are trying to improve it year to year and so this year we have a new timing company, we have a new race director, we have new trophies, and we have done something different with registration where all registration is either race day or online and there's no processing fees and then we are doing something that we have heard a lot of complaints about, the events shirt, one of the biggest complaints is that the shirts never fit, we have actual sizes, men's and women's sizes from double XL to our double extra small to triple extra-large.
Mike Bradley: So if you register by May 13th you get the exact shirt size that you want to get.
Interviewer: Is there an age that you have to be to be in this?
Mike Bradley: Nope, we have age... well it starts at age 14 and it goes up to whatever, but there are age brackets and then divisions for Athena which is the weight class for women and Clydesdale weight class for men, there's the newbie division and the physically challenged division as well.
Interviewer: Okay, so recap quickly for us some of the main things, its going to be on Friday the 3rd...
Mike Bradley: Friday, June 3rd at 6:00 p.m. start time.
Mike Bradley: And we get started about four o'clock, everyone shows up, gets set up and then we're in the water at six.
Mike Bradley: And all the registration is on metrobrokerstriathlon.com.
Interviewer: Okay very good. Thanks so much Mike it's so great to see you and we will see out on June 3rd.
Mike Bradley: Great thanks for having me.
Interviewer: And if you do want more information about the triathlon; be sure to log onto metrobrokerstriathlon.com. Have a great day.