Rev3 prides itself on being an athlete-centric, family friendly race organization. As an athlete, I have experienced this first hand. At a Rev3 race you can expect to find an expertly organized venue and race, staff and volunteers who go above and beyond and- most importantly- an event that the focuses on a FUN experience for the athlete, family and spectators! This was just as true in Central America as it was in Portland. This weekend I experienced how Revolution 3 makes this happen and it was an INCREDIBLE experience.
I arrived on Thursday around 6pm to find much of the expo area set up. I was quickly put to work in the Retail Store (probably not the best place for me as I tended to hang one/buy one! Oh well, there is no such thing as too much Rev3, Blue Seventy, Swiftwick, Pearl Izumi gear, right?!). Day one ended early because of all the local support, at about 8:00 p.m. We were treated with an awesome dinner at a local pizza joint.
Day two, Friday- 7am - 9pm. Expo opened Friday afternoon so everything had to be ready to go- race packets, timing chips, all vendors in place, etc. The expo ended at 7:00 p.m. the work crew had dinner and finished setting up transition and getting the timing equipment ready by around 10pm. Everyone works really hard, but the camaraderie was awesome. It's so obvious that everyone love Rev3.
Day three, Saturday- 7am - 10pm (some folks til 2:00am!) Expo is open and athletes are pouring in. Lots of pro's turn out for Rev3 events, not only because they are so well organized, but they have one of the most generous prize purses out there. The mandatory athlete meeting followed a pro-panel, which gave AG athletes an opportunity to ask pros about race strategy, balancing family and training, etc. Again, way more than the typical mandatory course talk. Most of us were able to go home early (though 10pm is hardly early), as race day check-in is as 4:45 a.m. However, there were at least four of the work crew out on the lake setting up buoys until 2:00am. This had to be done after 10pm because the lake where the swim took place hosts an evening ski-show (Tommy Bartlett's).
|Sunrise Race Day Morning|
|Crazy spectators at Swim Start!|
Participating in this way has truly changed the way I look at this sport. We, as athletes, spend so much time (& money) training and preparing to race that it is easy to overlook what happens behind the scenes to create a successful race event. In the past I have tried to remind myself to thank the race staff/volunteers for helping; in the future I won't have to. Thank you Revolution 3 for allowing me to be a part of your organization.
Here is an excellent video recapping the AG race! http://youtu.be/RIWH5jmJ5ho