Dylan Hammons is known locally as someone with a passion for all things active and enjoys bringing people together to create a sense of community. When he helped establish PRoject Rise, a free community weekly workout on Thursday mornings, the crowd steadily grew. PRoject Rise has reached out to other groups by incorporating fitness classes, yoga or even outreaches such as coat drives following some of the early morning runs.
Part of the mantra for this mission, “just show up,” has expanded to reach beyond Thursday morning riverfront workouts. The group who shows up may vary from week to week but one thing does not change — people have been inspired by Hammons and his positive outlook on getting up and getting active.
Hammons is not new to the racing scene. His wife Shelly, who just completed Ironman 70.3 Muskoka in Ontario, Canada and his children Nya and Brody are all participants throughout the year in various levels of triathlons.
“A group of us wanted to bring back a triathlon training group that is based around community and hard work,” Hammons said. “We want to use the same blueprint of the highly successful southern Indiana tri team.”
This is where the idea for Tri Club was birthed. Hammons began working with other local competitors to form a place for triathletes to come together. Currently, the Tri Club Facebook page for the group already has more than fifty people who have joined. On this page, they can view a training schedule, find information about upcoming races, ask each other questions and find a venue of community support.
“We would love to have a bunch of triathletes going together to race, train and have a blast at events throughout the country,” Hammons said.
Training has already begun with local running enthusiast Jeff Miller helping lead group workout sessions on Wednesday evenings and upcoming bike rides scheduled within the group.
As far as an official first race date, Hammons says they will be unveiling Tri Club at the Bowling Green Sprint Triathlon. This year the Bowling Green Sprint Triathlon is celebrating its 15th year. The race will take place at 8 a.m. August 25 at the Russell Sims Aquatic Center. The race will include a 400-meter swim, 23k bike ride and 5k run. In addition to the triathlon, there will also be an Aquabike and Duathlon race.
“If someone is interested in joining Tri Club, they can send a request to be a member in Facebook and it will open them up to all of our training schedule,” Hammons said.