It takes more than a little chill to keep people from exercising for a good cause.

It takes more than a little chill to keep people from exercising for a good cause.

United Way of McPherson County held its ninth annual triathlon Saturday morning, which brought 190 individuals or teams to participate. Though the morning was cool, participants competed in a 200-meter swim, 7-mile bike ride and 2-mile run in support of United Way's cause.

"It was the first time I did this triathlon, so I was a little nervous, wondering if we'd have enough volunteers or if everything would turn out," said Stuart Dille, who became United Way of McPherson County's director in March. "It was amazing to me to see how everyone, from our committee and board to city officials, came together to make this happen."

The event is a fundraising precursor to United Way's annual fundraising campaign, which will begin in August. Amanda Emery and Lauren Coston traveled from Wichita to participate.

"We did it last year and had a great time, so we came back," Every said. "As a community, it's important for everyone to do their part, or we'll never be able to help people."

Coston said signing up for a triathlon can be nerve-wracking, but she's glad she took on the challenge.

"You're nervous at first, but it feels great when you're done," she said. "Besides, if you can do something to help out the community, you should."

Individuals could compete against each other, but more often they compete against their own best times or simply to prove they have what it takes to finish a triathlon. Three-person teams competed against each other as well, many organized through work.

"We always do this as a company, and we usually have six or seven teams," said Jonathan Renzin of McPherson, who completed the swimming leg for his team from Mid-Kansas Coop. "I've never done the swimming leg before, so this is a good thing."

The money raised at the triathlon will support county non-profit organizations. Renzin said this cause makes the triathlon even more worthwhile.

"Helping any non-profit is a good thing, since they give back to the community," he said.

Next year's triathlon will be the 10th, and Dille said organizers are working on adding something special to the fun. But for now, he's glad this year's event was a success.

"It's really impressive how everyone pulled together to make this work," he said. "It's a great event."

The top three times by gender and age category were as follows:


Overall: Donna Spoonmore, Anna Eigruber, Cindy Zumbrunn

Age 1-24: Kierra Funk, Halsie Large, Ashley Akers

Age 25-34: Katie Hawks, Jessica Bohnenblust, Lindsay Holmstead

Age 35-44: Jess Howard, Arianne Seidl, Lisa Coyne

Age 45-54: Johnette Shepek, Kathy Knott, Kari Roberts

Age 55-98: Machelle Mujika, Barbara Klotzbach, Louise Kearney


Overall: Kevin Nickel, Eric Anders, Josh Allison

Age 1-24: JP Larson, Mark Sutton, Wilson Eustace

Age 25-34: Aaron Nightingale, Dylan Frantz, Dustin Pruitt

Age 35-44: Jon Riekenberg, Jonas Lichty, Rob Kramer

Age 45-54: Tracy Eustace, Paul Caffrey, Brad Larson

Age 55-98: Dan Lichty, John Madden, Bruce Wagoner

Team results: Team Abednego, HBI, Team Lewis

Corporate results: Pfizer 2, MKC 3, Swindol, Janzen, Hawk and Lloyd