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Local service clubs receive financial boost from success of Lake Max Triathlon

October 2, 2013

Receiving checks towards their charitable work from the proceeds of the Lake Max Triathlon in August were the Culver Club of Culver (represented by Dick Swennumson, left), the Lions Club (represented by Don Freese, second to left), and Kiwanis Club (represented by Trent Bennett, right). Handing them checks is Dana Neer, head of Culver Academies’ wellness department and lead organizer of the event (center).

Three local service organizations -- the Culver Lions Club, Culver Kiwanis Club, and Culver Club of Culver -- each received $3,500 towards their charitable activities last Thursday during the Kiwanis Club's weekly meeting at the Culver Public Library.

The funds represented the proceeds from the Lake Max Triathlon, and were presented by Culver Academies wellness director Dana Neer, the chief organizer of the event.

Neer noted many participants commented onn the friendliness and helpfulness of volunteers at the August event, which drew 304 triathletes, up from 275 last year. He pointed out there have been 118 triathlons in Indiana this year as of Aug. 10, and Culver's is only one of two events which has increased in attendance since last year.

"Before coming to Culver, I organized a lot of these events," said Neer. "And there's no better place to have these kinds of events."
He added the triathlon committee "wanted to make sure this was a community endeavor and that the funds come back to our community."

Attendees, he explained, represented nine states, with a number of Academies alums as well as the adult children of local people returning to the community, renting homes, eating in local restaurants, and the like.

He said as the event grows, if multiple races could be held in "waves," it's possible future triathlons could host as many as 700 to 800 people. He also said next year's event is hoped to include a children's triathlon.

In addition to the clubs represented, many of whose members volunteered to direct event participants and assist with setup, Neer expressed appreciation to Pro Form of South Bend and Francis Ellert of Culver for assistance.

Neer also encouraged community members to participate in publicly-advertised events sponsored by his department, which he emphasized are not limited to Academies faculty and staff, such as the Max Move in April, among others.

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