The Third Annual Galloway Captiva Triathlon raised more money than expected for Community Cooperative Ministries, Inc.
Proceeds raised from the triathlon support CCMI's School Pantry and Emergency Food Backpack programs, which ensure 2,000 local children have enough to eat each school year.
Angie Ferguson, race director, said organizers expected to earn a minimum of $15,000 for CCMI, but at the triathlon's award ceremony Sunday morning they were able to hand over $20,000 for the not-for-profit.
The starting line of the Captiva Tri. Mckenzie Cassidy.
Tracey Galloway, CEO of CCMI, thanked the athletes for assisting the organization's mission to fight homelessness and hunger.
"The money you all helped raise is going to help a lot of hungry people in Lee County," she said.
Adults and children competed in the triathlon. On Saturday, 150 children swam, biked, and ran varied distances based on whether they were ages 6-9 or 10-13. Over 750 adults later swam one-quarter mile, biked 10 miles and ran a 5K on Sunday morning in different age divisions, as well as in a new "elite" division.
Organizers estimated that at least 4,000 people attended the triathlon to compete or cheer on their loved ones.
Sponsors included the Galloway Family of Dealerships, Doc Ford's Rum Bar & Grille on Captiva, Jason Gunter Attorney at Law, Geared Up Multisport Specialists, South Seas Island Resort, Jason's Deli, Sebrie Images, Lee Memorial Health System, Lee County Sports Development, Billy's Bicycles, LCEC, 'Tween Waters Inn, Jensen's Twin Palms Marina, Jensen's on the Gulf, Trek Bicycle Store, Florida Weekly, All Star Vacation Homes, News-Press Media Group, R.S. Walsh Landscaping, RC Otters/Key Lime Bistro, and Publix.
For the full story and race results, read The Islander newspaper or visit captivasanibel.com.