By FEMA Region VI Public Affairs Specialist Stephanie Moffett
FEMA Region VI employees recently hit the water, mounted their bikes and pounded the pavement for the Denton Monster Triathlon in Denton, Texas.
The triathlon was a “sprint” triathlon consisting of a 250-meter swim, a 16-mile bike ride and a 3.1-mile run, with eight employees and some of their family members participating individually and on relay teams.
The employees are:
- Response Division - Archie Salters
- Recovery Division - Jamie Dake
- Mitigation Division - Shona Gibson, Julia Walsh and Jordon Ricks
- Environmental and Historic Preservation Branch - Alan Hermely and Dorothy Weir
- Management Division - Brian Ellis from the Grants
The event was organized through the Region VI Employee Association by Salters, who serves as the EA health and wellness coordinator.
“The whole morning was great, a huge success!” said Salters. “Some of the employees are veteran triathletes, while for others, this was their first time. Everyone did a great job and persevered despite cold conditions and a flat tire on one bike.”
FEMA Region VI Administrator Tony Robinson also participated in the triathlon, running the last leg for one of the relay teams.
“This was a great opportunity to shine a light on the importance of the health and fitness of our employees,” said Robinson. “This was also a great morale booster and it was fun to see a different side of people that you spend all day with at work.”
A number of employees, including the FEMA Corps Gold Team 4, Region VI Deputy Administrator David Passey and Charlie Cook from the Recovery Division, as well as family members also turned out to support the triathletes. Region VI Security Officer Tim Lewis and his wife, Grant Program Analyst David McCoy, Mitigation Outreach Specialist Cynthia Wirz and Emergency Management Program Analyst Jeannie Warner took photographs of the event.