Hundreds gathered at Lake Tanglewood on Saturday to help raise money for Children’s Miracle Network.
It was for the 13th annual TRi to Make a Difference Sprint Triathlon. Participants tried their hand at biking, swimming and running, all for a good cause.
More than 250 racers and at least 1,000 spectators showed up to support the cause.
The triathlon was inspired by the birth of Thomas “Bo” Boyce Lynch in May of 2005 when he was born with a rare seizure disorder. A triathlon was arranged in McKinney and as a result, the organizers were able to raise more than $23,000 for CMN in Lynch’s name.
That effort inspired local CMN board members and community volunteers to start the Lake Tanglewood TRi, and it is still going strong.
“We pay medical bills for families,” said Molly Caviness, CMN Director. “We buy life-saving pediatric equipment. We support pediatric programs at BSA and Northwest and these poor kiddos are fighting things that we–that you and I would never hope to experience and we just couldn’t do what we do without events like this.”
The triathlon consists of a 400-meter swim, 10-mile bike and 5k run.
Caviness said the sprint triathlon is one of CMN’s largest fundraisers and the event has raised more than $1 million for CMN of Amarillo to date.