2nd Annual Treeathlon a Splashing Good Time
On a beautiful Austin Spring day on April 30, 2011, the Second Annual Barton Springs Pool Treeathlon was held to celebrate and support Barton Springs Pool. By all accounts, the Treeathlon was truly a blast. We had a larger turnout of “treeathletes” this year with lots of families and young kids trying out their first triathlon-type event and really enjoying the opportunity to splash across the pool and trot around Zilker Park in this semi-silly fundraising event.
After a rousing a capella rendition of the Star Spangled Banner, Council Member Laura Morrison led eighty-plus participants in a short swim across the Pool and helped folks up the steps. Participants then hopped on their bicycles for quick loop around Zilker Park, and then ran around the Polo Field to the finish line party at the Moonlight Tower. Down the final run stretch, treeathletes were inspired by the enthusiastic drum and percussion music from Rhythmic Force. After this daunting athletic endeavor, participants enjoyed piles of donuts, root beer drinks from Maine Root, coffee from Caffé Medici, burritos from Freeb!rds World Burrito, and a keg or two of fine beer from Saint Arnold’s Brewing Company. The festive and fun finish line party was made possible by the generous donations from these fine local businesses, so please support them.
In addition to the day’s fun, the Treeathlon raised almost $15,000 for the Barton Springs Pool which will go toward improvements at Barton Springs Pool, including efforts to restore the original rotunda entrance to the Bathhouse and other pool-related work of Friends of Barton Springs Pool. The success of the event would not have been possible without the generous financial support from Save Barton Creek Association, our Grand Tree-ty Oak sponsor, as well as the generous support from Vinson & Elkins, Hamilton & Terrile, Sheridan and Perry Lorenz, Barton Place Condos, Meridian Solar, Silicon Labs, Abe Cutter, HDR Engineering, and many other generous sponsors. We are truly grateful for their support for Barton Springs Pool.