By Jennifer Ely
The Houston Lions Club will be presenting their 15th annual Root River Triathlon on Saturday, May 18. The triathlon will begin at 8:30 a.m. and consists of canoeing, biking and running. Participants will be canoeing 6.5 miles, biking 8 miles and then running the last 3 miles.
All proceeds and donations will be going to local and international Lions projects. In the past years the money has gone to the local library, grocery store and softball field. Some of the proceeds may also go out of Houston and help other organizations, such as helping pay for the training of service dogs. Participation is always encouraged. People have taken part in this triathlon from all around, from as far as Illinois, Iowa, the Twin Cities and Winona. If you are unable to actually participate in the event you are always welcome to help volunteer at the triathlon. There were over 100 local residents volunteering in the past years, so help is always appreciated.
Be sure to attend the awards ceremony at the Nature Center park shelter a half-hour after the last participant finishes at about noon. Trophies will be awarded to the first place overall male and female. Medals will be given to first, second and third places for each age group. Complete race results will be available at www.theracershub.com.
Feel free to check out the website at www.houstonmnlions.org or if you have any questions or comments feel free to call Matt Evenson at (507) 301-1146.
Houston Lions Club
The lions club motto is “we serve.” The objectives of the lions club are: To create and foster a spirit of understanding among the people of the world. To promote the principles of good government and good citizenship. To take an active interest in the civic, cultural, social and moral welfare of the community. To unite the clubs in the bonds of friendship, good fellowship and mutual understanding. To encourage service-minded women and men to serve their community without personal financial rewards, and to encourage efficiency and promote high ethical standards in commerce, industry, professions, public works and private endeavors. This event marks the biggest event for the Houston Lions Club.