Volunteer Brayden Bruce hands Marie Streich of Montello a finishers' medal last year as a banner at the finish line shows some of the triathlons Race Day Events runs. The company will take over the RMC Triathlon permanently starting this year.
Volunteer Brayden Bruce hands Marie Streich of Montello a finishers' medal last year as a banner at the finish line shows some of the triathlons Race Day Events runs. The company will take over the RMC Triathlon permanently starting this year.

   Ripon Medical Center's annual triathlon it created 22 years ago is being handed off to a new sponsor.

   Race Day Events of Fitchburg, Wis., now will oversee the event scheduled for Sunday, July 19, renaming it the "Green Lake Triathlon."

   This marks the end of a chapter for the triathlon that was created years ago by Ripon Medical Center, and run by it for many years as well. At one time the race went from Green Lake to Ripon, but its course has not included Ripon in several years.

   Last year, Ripon Medical Center stepped away from organizing the race, bringing Race Day Events in to coordinate the triathlon.

   This year's move goes a step further.

   "We appreciate the many benefits that triathletes gained through this partnership,” according to DeAnn Thurmer, Ripon Medical Center and Waupun Memorial Hospital president. “In the past, Ripon Medical Center team members were responsible for the entire event. With this new partnership, we were able to take advantage of a company that triathlons are a major focus and utilize our hospital team for direct patient care.”

   Race Day Events is described as "one of the leading producers and providers of entertainment and recreation events. Each season, the Race Day Events team fully produces more than 30 of its own races and provides equipment and services for many more events nationwide ... Race Day Events works with all types of events from small, community 5k/10 run/walks, to large multi-day bike rides, triathlons, mud runs and full marathons."

   According to Ripon Medical Center, because of the success of Race Day Events at running last year's triathlon, hospital leadership felt comfortable turning the entire event over.

    “It is with great confidence that we are transitioning the triathlon to Race Day Events,” Thurmer said. “They have a hard-working team that makes every event successful as they effectively manage many details to producing an event including road and municipal permits, merchandising, food and snack procurement, website, social media and volunteers. They bring a high level of expertise, flexibility and diligence in their planning.”

   Thurmer added that she is grateful for staff, volunteer and community support.

   “We have been blessed to have such incredible community support, including our staff and volunteers,” she said. “We appreciate all this commitment and dedication. We also appreciate the community’s support as we make this transition.”

   At this time, information about the Green Lake Triathlon still may be found at www.rmctri.com.