May 15, 2017- The REALTOR “R” could be seen all over Straub and Vinoy Parks April 28 – 30 as PRO’s Gold Sponsorship of St. Anthony’s Triathlon came to life. Light poles in Downtown St. Petersburg sported banners with the REALTOR logo, and fencing up around Straub Park along Beach Drive repeated the “R” every 3 feet or so.
At the Fitness Expo on April 28 and 29, PRO members volunteered at the REALTOR tent, located in the Athlete Registration area. We encouraged people to come to the tent to study the course map, enter to win a free registration fee for an IRONMAN race, and to enjoy a nice glass of water on a warm day. We handed out 2,500 lens cleaner cloths with our branding over the course of the weekend. Hundreds saw and stopped in our tent, decked out in blue and with banners promoting the REALTOR brand.
This year, thanks to Kent Rodahaver, we were also lucky enough to have professional triathlete James Hadley at our tent for two clinics to prepare the athletes for race day. This was a great addition, and excellent way to draw people in and connect with us.
On Sunday, April 30, PRO members helped staff a water station on the run course, getting them right inside the race action! Other members volunteered at the finish line, handing out medals to each hard-working athlete who competed. Post-race, PRO members Kevin Batdorf and Tom Steck presented awards to the winners. Many of the approximately 150 award winners had a friend or family member take a photo of them for their social media pages with Kevin and Tom in their blue shirts with REALTOR logos.
Check out photos from our St. Anthony’s Triathlon weekend experience in our Facebook album here.
No event of this size is possible without the volunteers, and we had several members of the REALTOR family donate their time. Our volunteers worked at our tent on Friday and Saturday of race weekend, and on race day handing out water to runners and medals at the finish line. Many thanks to the following people for their service:
In addition to our dedicated volunteers, we had several REALTOR Family members participate in the races! Congratulations, athletes!
Andrea Ballestero – Olympic distance co-ed relay team (2:07:53) 1st place division
Vidian Boulogne – Sprint distance (1:13:05), 1st place division
Kevin Chadwick – Sprint distance (1:34:15)
Becky McConnell – Olympic distance (3:28:31)
Kent Rodahaver – Olympic distance (2:18:54), 2nd place age group
Steve Sexauer – Sprint distance (1:21:19)
Mary Thomas – Meek & Mighty (50:52), 1st place age group F 80-84