Tri for a Cure Update
Last year when the pandemic first arrived in March, we thought for sure that we’d be back up and running in time for Tri for a Cure on July 19. As we all know, that turned out to be wishful thinking. And yet, with the help of our committed participants, sponsors, and donors, the event was a huge success, raising nearly $1.3 million despite being virtual. In the face of challenging circumstances, our community rose up and showed how important the mission of Maine Cancer Foundation is. We were able to continue our critical statewide funding and even added COVID-relief granting to support patients impacted by the pandemic.
In 2020 we focused on getting through an unprecedented and difficult year, looking forward to being back together in 2021. Unfortunately, we find ourselves facing continued uncertainty as we look towards the sunny summer days ahead. Despite great progress with vaccination, we know there is no way to host the 2021 Tri for a Cure event day that we all know and love. An event known for excited (and maybe a bit nervous?) wetsuit-clad hugs at the starting line, throngs of spectators, and a dedicated army of volunteers lining the route. An event that is about helping the woman next to you on the run and sharing a laugh in the food tent after the event. A high five from an old friend, a celebratory hug from Julie. This year's Tri will again be virtual but with the addition of in-person outdoor meetups along the way.
We were overwhelmed with support in 2020 and hope that women will join us again with enthusiasm and determination. Cancer hasn't stopped and neither can we!
With gratitude and hope,
The Tri for a Cure/Maine Cancer Foundation Team
Yes! This year we are planning in person clinics (more information to come) with limited sizes. Additionally, if possible, we will do an in-person pickup at the end. Stay tuned!
Like last year, we encourage everyone to complete a swim, bike, and run (or a duathlon - see below) either individually or as a relay. You can choose your venue and location (lake, ocean, pool, etc). There is no fundraising requirement, but there will be different thresholds announced soon for incentive prizes, your medal, etc.
If you raised $500 or more in 2020 you automatically have a guaranteed entry for 2022, but we will hope you'll join us in 2021!
The pandemic continues to pose challenges for Tri for a Cure but as long as cancer is still affecting Mainers, we will persevere!
- Option 1: Triathlon (Swim 1/3 mile, Bike 15 miles, Run 3.1 miles) – Individual or Relay. Please be sure to adhere to safety measures, including not swimming alone and making sure to tell a family member or friend of your run/bike plans and/or keeping a phone on you.
- Swim can be in the pool, in the lake, in the ocean. You name it.
- Bike can be on the road, indoor cycling studio, on a bike trainer, or on a stationary bike.
- Run can be on local roads, on a trail, on the treadmill. Of course, it can be walked, jogged, slogged, crawled, or run to complete.
- Option 2: Duathlon (Run 1 mile, Bike 15 miles, Run 3.1 miles) - Individual or Relay
- We understand that pool training options have been reduced/eliminated lately. Here is an alternative to doing your swim: try a duathlon!
- Option 3: Get creative with any combination of the run, bike or swim elements! – Individual or Relay
- This is the year to truly do YOUR race! If you’d like to take a year off from swimming, biking, and/or running, but still support Maine Cancer Foundation, that’s ok! Create your own combination or singularly-focused version of the event.
- Complete your Tri for a Cure between July 1 and July 18. You can choose any day (or days) in this window to complete your event.
- You set your schedule. Do the swim one day. Do the bike a week later. Do the run in another week! Or do them all in one day. Do your race at your own time, your own location, your own day. If it rains, wait another day for the perfect day that fits you. No need for an early alarm!
- Practice Social Distancing. Please adhere to CDC guidelines regarding proximity to others. Do not gather as a group and please do NOT use SMCC or the traditional course as your route. Plan to complete the legs in your own neighborhood and always follow best safety practices.
One of the best parts of Tri for a Cure is the community of women that come together in the months leading up to the event and on race day. Many of you have already joined the Tri for a Cure 2021 Facebook group. If you have not, please do so. This will be a place to share ideas, encouragement, photos, and more.
The USAT waiver will be sent electronically, but if you prefer to print it off and send it in you are welcome to do that. You will not be considered an official participant unless we have received your signed waiver prior to completing the event.
(be sure that the full page prints - select "fit to page" so it doesn't get cut off)
Please mail waiver to:
Maine Cancer Foundation
170 US Route 1, Suite 250
Falmouth, ME 04105