Posted by: Heart of America News | August 8, 2011

Camp Courageous – A Great Day to Race and to Remember Leo

By Ron Adkins, Heart of America News

Racers for the 2011 Camp Courageous Tri Sprint couldn’t have asked for a better day.

The water was a balmy 86 degrees, the sky was partly cloudy with obscured sun, and the sweltering August heat and humidity finally broke. Temperature at start time was a comfortable 78 degrees. Road conditions for the bicycle leg were excellent.  Minor course changes for 2011 made the bike leg slightly longer than is usual, a little over 16 miles.  The run was shortened to 4K, along the wooded trails of nearby Pictured Rocks Park.  However, racers reported that the hills along the trail more than made up for the shorter distance!

Race coordinator Nick Gearhart praised the legions of volunteers who ensured the entire event was a smooth and successful one.

19 year old Allison Kindig of Cedar Rapids won the women’s race in 1:20:44.  Read more about Allison and how she got her dad interested in racing triathlons here.  The men’s champ was Greg Graham of Montour, whose time was 1:06:59.

The day was also bittersweet. Those gathered during the awards ceremony paused for a moment’s silence to commemorate long-time Camp Courageous advocate Leo Greco, who passed away August 1. Greco, a legendary eastern Iowa broadcaster, was an Honorary Board Member of Camp Courageous and a tireless proponent of its mission.

His son, Lance, spoke with pride of his father’s work. “He used his radio show and his day-to-day contact with thousands of friends to promote Camp Courageous. There are certain people who just seem to find ways to help that are more outside the box.”

Greco was a man of genuine kindness and civility, and of gentle good humor. “He died with no grudges, no enemies,” said Lance. “How many people can say that?”

Full Race Results

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