Thursday, August 13, 2009

Jack's Generic Tri 2009

What: Seventh Annual Jack's Generic Tri
When: Sunday, August 2, 2009
Where: TX Ski Ranch, New Braunfels, TX
Distance: 500 M swim, 13.8 mile bike, 3 mile run
Participants: 813 finishers, ages 13 - 72

A lot of people will tell you that they think the name "Jack's Generic Triathlon" is very clever or funny. You might even agree, but do you know why it's called that? Here's the story behind the name and the theme:

Jack's Generic Triathlon was founded by Jack Murray in 2003, at a time when he thought many triathlons had forgotten about the participants. Events had become so focused on getting big sponsors, accommodating pro athletes, and trying to look good that they sometimes neglected the actual product - the race. Athletes ended up paying more, but their racing experience was actually less. Jack had the idea to put on a race with very little pomp & circumstance, yet at the core be a great race. It would be well organized, safe, good value, and of course, fun. From the outside, it wouldn't look terrific, but the participant experience would be great. It reminded him of the generic isle at the supermarket: It's the same quality products, sometimes even better, but you don't have to pay for the fancy packaging. And hence, the name Jack's Generic Triathlon was born.

While today, more than 7 years after the first Jack's Generic Triathon (JGT as we call it), our races do have a lot more fancy packaging, but at their core they still try to preserve the values of Jack's Generic. Each race is designed, planned, and priced with you, the everyday triathlete in mind.

A few photo highlights from JGT 2009:

Logan announced:

Laura sang the National Anthem:

Beaux started each wave of swimmers:

Dan directed the whole thing (and refilled ice):

Volunteers did a bunch of stuff, including holding the finish line tape:

Cassidy worked the burger cabana with a smile:

Can't get enough JGT? See a few more 2009 photos HERE.

If you participated or volunteered - THANK YOU! We hope you had fun!


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