Dozens of members of the UD Men’s Crew Team participated in the first annual Delaware Charity Challenge Indoor Triathlon on January 9th at the Chase Center on the Riverfront. Moving between stationary bikes, treadmills and rowing machines loaned by CrossFit Riverfront, the rowers clocked incredible strokes per minute and frankly looked ready to dominate.
But it was four friends of Delaware triathlete legend Mike Clark, “Clarks Sharks,” who won Delaware’s first charitable indoor triathlon. Not surprisingly, Clark’s friends — Jeff Kammerzelt, Peter Cloud, Ben Bugher, and Mark Shiflett — were triathletes, too. They biked, ran and rowed to raise money for the Mike Clark Legacy Foundation, which supports the Boys & Girls Clubs of Delaware. In fact, several teams participated to raise money for their favorite cause, including the men’s rowing team at UD, which had the largest turnout — 52 in all. Funds raised by the UD crew will go toward a new van to transport athletes from the Newark campus 17 miles to the boathouse in Wilmington.
“The team was actually able to sleep in this morning — they’re usually up and rowing by 5 am every day,” said UD Men’s Crew Coach John Legare Williams. “They were excited especially about the scooter run. Also adding the biking and running into their workout was a way to add variety because usually most workouts are in the boat or just on the rowing machines.” Over $14,000 was raised at the Delaware Charity Challenge Indoor Triathlon, a fundraiser dreamed up by Innovincent, a Delaware-based consulting firm that specializes in nonprofit strategic planning and fundraising.