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G3 wins Ironman's Women For Tri Club Grant

30 Jun 2017 10:11 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)



Karen Harbaugh




Gainesville Triathlon Club Granted $2500 to Foster Growth in Female Membership

Gainesville, FL, June 29, 2017 – G3, Gainesville Triathlon Club, was recently awarded the Women For TriTM TriClub Grant of $2500 for the second year in a row from The IRONMAN Foundation. This grant provides the club with funds for increasing women’s participation in triathlon. 

For a city of its size, Gainesville can boast an unprecedented number of amateur athletes. G3, for example, has doubled its membership since 2014. The club has been particularly focused on growing its female base, as participation in the sport increases women’s personal empowerment.

Triathlon is a general term that covers any three sport event, but primarily refers to events that have a swim, followed by a bike leg, followed by a run. The distances range from a super sprint (4.6 miles total) to an Ironman distance (140.3 miles total) and everything in between.

G3 members range from their 20s into their 70s competing at all levels and distances. Elyse Gallegos, a neonatal nurse at North Florida Regional Medical Center, is also a top triathlete and was ranked as the number one All World Athlete in 2016 for the 25-29 age group. She has qualified for the Ironman World Triathlon Championship and the Ironman 70.3 World Triathlon Championship and will be competing in both this year. Sharon Byun, OB-GYN faculty member at the University of Florida, will be representing the United States at the Sprint Triathlon World Championship in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, in September of this year.

 “The G3 community is the best encouragement out there,” Gallegos muses. “Even as a 10+ year veteran in the sport, seeing that team support out on course or getting high-fives as you cross paths is all you need to get you going again. We feed off the positive energy of bringing out the best in one another, striving for excellence, and of course plenty of laughing and having fun along the way.”

At the other end of the spectrum, the club supported several women in their first triathlons including Andrea Godman, an Educational Support Professional with the Alachua County Public Schools. 

“I've never been an ‘active’ person, I never played organized sports growing up and I'm that person who earned an ‘F’ in high school PE because I didn't want to dress out, break a sweat and then return to class!” says Godman. “Race day I had a huge support group and loud cheering section.  It really helped and I was so appreciative.  I was still nervous as all get out and honestly just had the goal of finishing it!  But I surprised myself and did better than I thought I would ever do.... finishing 2nd in my age group!  Crossing that finish line was so exciting, so rewarding and a relief too.  When I returned to work after the race, a coworker told me how proud she was of me and how I inspired her!  I couldn't believe it; I actually inspired another woman!”

This grant will allow G3 to support women like Gallegos and Byun in their world title pursuits and inspire more women like Godman to get involved. As Byun noted, “I started racing when I was 43. I would never have believed I could reach this point, all while raising a family and pursuing a full time career. The support of the G3 community means I can do both.”

G3 will be holding a free panel presentation on Saturday, July 8th, at 9 am, at the Gainesville Health & Fitness Main Center (4820 West Newberry Rd). The panel will discuss their experiences as new triathletes and explain the resources provided by the community and the club. Women of any age and athletic ability are invited to join us to learn more about this amazing sport. Registration at:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/tri-and-you-will-succeed-tickets-34923523198

About G3

G3 is the only public USA Triathlon sanctioned club in Gainesville, Florida. Its mission is to promote the sport of triathlon in Gainesville by learning, training, and racing together in a positive social environment.

About Women for TriTM

Women For Tri™, a program of The IRONMAN Foundation launched by IRONMAN and Life Time Fitness in 2015, works to increase female participation at all levels of triathlon. The program seeks to identify and diminish primary barriers to entry and mobilize triathlon advocates to encourage and engage female athletes across all race distances and representing all athletic abilities.

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