The Minnesota School of Business-Blaine (MSB) campus staff joined forces on May 17 and ventured to Lakeside Commons Park to help set up for the second annual Blaine Triathlon, which took place on May 18. This was part of the seventh annual Community Service Day, a day when each campus in the Minnesota School of Business network gives back to an organization in the community.
“MSB-Blaine participates in Community Service Day to provide our employees the opportunity to engage, support and partner with our local communities,” said Diana Igo, campus director.
This is the second year the Blaine campus has assisted with the triathlon. The crew busied themselves with setting up signs throughout the park to direct attendees and guests, promote the event and recognize the sponsors.
“As sponsors of the triathlon, we wanted to do our part to contribute to the success of the event,” said Meghan Hathaway, Minnesota School of Business-Blaine’s community manager. “We helped with the set-up the day before, and also sent a group of volunteers to help out on race day.”
The rain held off on Friday for the group to complete the given tasks. But just as they drove away, the raindrops started falling.
Unfortunately, the volunteers and triathlon participants on race day weren’t so lucky. The storms rolled in during the night and into the morning, and the race was postponed until 9 a.m. Even then, it was a very wet race.
The triathlon began with a .3-mile swim, followed by a 16.7-mile bike ride, and finished off with a 3.5-mile run. The energy and spirit of the athletes carried through, despite the wet conditions.
MSB volunteers were out along the race course, cheering on and encouraging the athletes as they went by. “It was cool to see all of the participants going through with competing, despite the weather,” said Paul Huber, financial aid representative. “That takes dedication.”
Jessie Karnis, administrative assistant, added, “The runners were soaking wet and continued to do their best and stay positive.”
“It was motivating to see so many competitors make it out, and we learned a lot about how much work goes into putting on an event like that,” noted Nicole Etter, career services coordinator. “So many of the other volunteers worked much longer than we did, and it was inspiring so see them work so hard! Especially those Explorers! They were great!”
For information on future volunteer opportunities with the Minnesota School of Business-Blaine campus, connect to our Facebook page. Thank you to all who helped make this year’s Community Service Day a success!