MILLEDGEVILLE — The fourth annual Old Capital Triathlon, managed and operated by Georgia Military College, was held in north Baldwin County on May 25, and it was once again hailed as a resounding success. The actual triathlon consisted of a 500-yard swim in Lake Sinclair, a 14-mile bike ride, and a 5K (3.1-mile) run. To complete a triathlon requires training, physical fitness and the mental ability to pace yourself through all three events. This year we had 150 people register for the race and raised money for student scholarship assistance to attend GMC. The out-of-town participants stayed in our hotels, ate in our restaurants, bought gas from our retailers and more. This is another example in a community effort to promote economic development along with a healthy lifestyle in a family-friendly atmosphere.
The complexity of a triathlon is enormous and can be accomplished only by a high degree of skilled teamwork, and this community rose to the occasion in every way. Significant contributions came from a wide range of organizations and individuals that made an event that adds to the economy and encourages getting involved in your community.
We had help from Legacy Condominiums, Oconee Outfitters, Williams Funeral Home, Tidal Wave Car Wash, Childre Nissan, Linda Bailey at the CVB, The Union-Recorder that helped promote the race, Georgia Military College ROTC, Milledgeville Country Club, Century Bank, Peach State Nursing, Wal-Mart, Roc Patel, Cogentes, Chick-Fil-A, Firehouse Subs, Northridge Christian Church, ConAgra, Oconee Lake Life, Silk Road Technologies, Aflac, Jay Bird’s BBQ and Perimeter Builders.
Additionally, a key to the success came from GMC’s support via the Student Veteran’s Association, Alpha Phi Omega, Phi Theta Kappa and the Commandant’s Office. Maj. Gen. Peter Boylan was the official starter of the race and made some significant comments on the meaning of Memorial Day.