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Boston Scientific Announced as Presenting Sponsor of YWCA Minneapolis Women’s Triathlon

By Emily O’Gara, Senior Development Officer, Grants and Communications
December 28, 2016
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10th Annual YWCA Women’s Triathlon on
Sunday, August 13, 2017

YWCA Minneapolis is pleased to announce Boston Scientific, a global medical technology leader, as the presenting sponsor of the 10th Annual Women’s Triathlon, to be held on Sunday, August 13, 2017 at Lake Nokomis.

“Boston Scientific is proud to support the 10th Annual YWCA Women’s Triathlon as it underscores our commitment to transforming lives through our focus on health, education and caring for communities, especially here in the Twin Cities, where over 7,000 of our employees live and work,” said Marilee Grant, director, Global Community Engagement, Boston Scientific.  “As a company, we have made a global pledge to empower women to live active, healthier lives through education and clinical advancements that help reduce their risk factors for chronic disease.”

Grandmothers, teenagers, CEOs, mothers, sisters, coworkers and friends will converge to celebrate women’s fitness. YWCA Minneapolis Women’s Triathlon attracts more than 1,000 female athletes each year. The race draws an additional 3,500 spectators to Lake Nokomis.

The largest all-women triathlon in the region attracts nearly half of its participants attempting their first triathlon. Triathletes swim 500 yards in Lake Nokomis, bike 15.5 scenic miles along the Minnehaha and River Road Parkways, and then run 5 kilometers on the paved trail circling Lake Nokomis to complete the race. The race was voted People’s Choice Race of the Year by Minnesota Tri News in 2012 and runner up in 2014, 2015 and 2016. The SuperSprint is a race distance option perfect for beginners or those wanting to race a shorter distance. SuperSprint racers compete on a shorter course: 200-yard swim, 7-mile bike, 1-mile walk/run.

Ranging in age from 11 – 78, athletes represent both beginners and seasoned veteran triathletes and share the same course set against the beautiful backdrop of Minneapolis. The YWCA Women’s Triathlon has six times the number of women over the age of 50 than the largest triathlon in Minnesota. The 2016 YWCA Women’s Triathlon had 283 women age 50 and over participate on race day. Women can participate in a buddy swim wave supported by lifeguards offering water noodles, race as part of a relay team, mother and daughter, sister or life partner competitions, or push themselves to their limits and race for age-group prizes.

YWCA is celebrating a milestone year for the YWCA Women’s Triathlon with recognition and thanks for the people most involved with the race including multi-year racers, multi-year volunteers, founders, sponsors and partners and race VIPs. Celebration ties into the 125th anniversary year of YWCA Minneapolis.

We are excited to strengthen the legacy of this race in our community with our inaugural presenting sponsor, Boston Scientific. To celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the YWCA Minneapolis Women’s Triathlon, the overall 10,000th registrant will receive a free entry to the race. Support for the Women’s Triathlon is made possible through presenting sponsorship from Boston Scientific.

Nicole Cueno, YWCA Women’s Triathlon Race Director, shares “We are very excited to partner with Boston Scientific to promote our 10th Anniversary of the Women’s Tri. There is great synergy between our event and celebration of the strength in all women and value of promoting women’s health and the work of Boston Scientific in our community. We believe that women’s health is strongly tied to the health of larger communities, which is something we care deeply about at YWCA Minneapolis.”

About YWCA Minneapolis

YWCA Minneapolis is a nonprofit organization striving to empower women and girls and eliminate racism. YWCA Minneapolis has been empowering women and girls since 1891 and is a community leader in health and fitness.