Letter: Great events; where were you?
Last weekend a few thousand athletes – half from New Hampshire – competed in a massive sporting event: the Timberman Triathlon. This event by the shores of Winnipesaukee attracted world-class professionals and humble weekend warriors. Their struggle against the clock, against one another, and against their own doubts, is pure sport – and not a word of it reported in the Monitor.
Last month, even closer to home, was the Capital City Tri. Organized and participated in by locals, it started with a swim in the swollen Merrimack River, biked down Main Street and ran around NHTI. Again: no coverage in the Monitor.
Sunday’s race was a grueling half-Ironman: a 1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike and 13-mile run. This takes four hours even for the best, and hours more for us mere mortals. The men’s race was won by Andy Potts – one of the best in the world – and the women’s by Melissa Hauschildt. Concord’s own Amber Ferreira took third. Although professional athletes, these are not prima donnas making millions. These world-class athletes share the course with thousands of everyday folks seeking to challenge themselves and stay fit. Races like this require armies of local volunteers and draw crowds of cheering fans.
To stay relevant, local papers must tailor their coverage to local news, including sports. I can read about Tom Brady anywhere. Given the dozens of column-inches the Monitor daily devotes to NASCAR and the Red Sox, it can spare a mention for these more local events.
By the way, the Concord YMCA is hosting a triathlon at Clough State Park on Sept. 22.