I was fortunate to participate in the USA Triathlon Nationals on Aug. 10. Although triathlon is new in my life, about 6 years, it is a passion and has led me to nationals in Oregon, Alabama and Vermont. Additionally, I've been thrilled to be part of Team USA, participating in events in Hamburg, Germany, Vancouver, Canada, Gold Coast, Australia, Budapest, Hungary, and Auckland, New Zealand. With that experience, I wanted to give all of you great kudos for a fabulous race site and race organization.
Milwaukee never was on my list for a must-do destination. Nationals sounded horrid in an industrial city with awful hot and humid weather. Was I wrong! Milwaukee offered us great access to the race site with hotels, great restaurants, impressive historic areas, river walk, beautiful plantings and obvious civic pride in the waterfront. On our bike preview and then bike ride through the cities of St. Francis and Cudahy, we could experience a true working harbor/port, along with charming neighborhoods.
In all cases, we were impressed with the police work accomplished to make our race safe. Every single street corner in the towns was blocked and remained blocked. I saw no mistakes! We talked with Cudahy policemen posting signs on each and every home affected by the race. That is impressive. And the policemen and women were pleasant, gracious and accommodating on days that must have been stressful. Kindly pass my comments along.
The volunteers were incredible. There were many of them and all were helpful and supportive. The local population came out to cheer us with great enthusiasm.
Using the waterfront was ideal for the race site layout and was gorgeous besides. On Monday, we went to the art museum and were very impressed with the collection, amazing architecture, and very unique store!
I've raved about the race (safe water, one loop bike on closed roads, beautiful run) and the location. I'm looking forward to returning next year and will continue (literally) to shock people with my enthusiasm for Milwaukee and the area!
Susan E. Roberts
Crescent City, Calif.
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