Team Katie a show of force, on and off the course, for the YWCA Women's Tri

The YWCA Women’s Triathlon

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More than 90 St. Kate’s students, faculty, staff, alumnae, and family and friends registered to join the nearly 1,500 racers that thronged the Lake Nokomis area on August 11 to race the YWCA Minneapolis Women’s Triathlon. 

The race, now in its 12th year,  “celebrates the strength in all women.” Spectators saw  women of all ages compete on a course that included a 500-yard swim, 15.5-mile bike, and 5-kilometer run.  

President ReBecca Koenig Roloff ‘76 founded the annual race in 2008 during her tenure as YWCA Minneapolis president and chief executive officer. This year marks her 11th triathlon that she completed. St. Kate’s has been a sponsor of the race since 2017, the Tri’s 10th anniversary.

“The St. Kate’s and YWCA missions overlap beautifully in their emphasis on empowering women and girls,” said Roloff. “My heart bursts with pride when I see women age 11-81, all together, every shape, size, and background you can imagine, every participant helping the next one through.”

St. Kate’s involvement is more than a summer affair. Liz Axberg ’20, one of the Team Katie coordinators, organized team trainings and informational luncheons that brought racers together throughout the spring. Mobile bike shop velofix, a 2019 Tri sponsor, visited campus in June to tune up bikes at a discounted price and make sure Team Katie’s gear was in tip-top shape. On race weekend, 24 St. Kate’s volunteers contributed 130 hours to support the event.

That community connection and “cohesive Team Katie environment,” as Axberg says, is what keeps her coming back year after year. The 2019 Women’s Tri was her seventh race.

“The YWCA triathlon is the most positive triathlon I go to,” she says. “Everywhere you go, people are rooting for you — it’s really supportive and approachable.”

Register for the 2020 Women's Tri

Don’t wait to register for the 2020 YWCA Women’s Triathlon — spots fill up early in the year. Early bird pricing is available through December 31.

Are you a student? Register before January 1 with the code StKates20 and pay $49 instead of the usual $99.

Want to volunteer?

Cheer Team Katie on — email for information on volunteering at the 2020 race.


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