The first club was the Seahorse Triathlon Club and was formed in the living room of Terry & Kathy Hutchins in the spring/summer of 1985. David Crockett was the one that pulled them all together; but the other original members, to the best of Terry's recollection were:  Sam & Shawn Field, Terry & Kathy Hutchins, Bruce & Kathy Johnson (now Kirk), Chris Crowell, Jerry Beckwith, Dennis Huis and Mary Savage. 

It was Sam & Shawn that convinced the rest of us to create the Seahorse Triathlon the summer of 1984 at Camp Rota-Kiwan (Sam was a scout leader).  The original triathlon was a 2K swim, 40K bike and 10K run (we all thought those distances would be the Olympic distances).  Shawn thought those distances would intimidate people thinking about trying a triathlon.  She really pushed for us to have a shorter event that she named "Try-a-Tri" with the following distances - 500M swim, 15K bike & 5K run.  Turns out Shawn was light years ahead of the rest of us :) 

So that first year we put on both events on 8/10/85 and scored both races with volunteers recording times as the athletes completed each event. 


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PO Box 142 | Oshtemo, MI 49077

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