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Meet USA Triathlon’s 100,000th Fan
Earlier this month, USA Triathlon reached a milestone of 100,000 fans on Facebook. When triathlete Corey Masalewicz, from Oconomowoc, Wis., liked the page, he became the 100,000th fan. USA Triathlon contacted Corey to learn more about his background in sport and why he wanted to become part of the USA Triathlon community on Facebook.
USA Triathlon: How long have you been involved in multisport? How did you get started?
Corey Masalewicz: I have always been involved in outdoor activities most of my life. My original focus early on was mainly on mountain biking and trail running, and I loved adventure racing. But that evolved for me about five years ago after a number of shoulder surgeries; I began to use swimming as a form of rehabilitation, and that spun into racing in my first triathlon. All it took was one race, and that developed into new love and passion for me. I wish I would have been able to get involved into triathlon at a younger age.
USAT: Tell us about your favorite race.
CM: I love racing duathlon events and sprint events. The action is fast, and you’re always pushing yourself in that red line zone. However, one event I love to race every year is the 24HOT (Hours of Triathlon), a very unique event in its own right! (Learn more: http://www.24hoursoftriathlon.com/24_Hours_of_Tri/Home.html)
USAT: You are part of an organization called “Racers Against Childhood Cancer” — what does this organization do?
CM: We are a non-profit organization made up of people with a common goal to help raise money for childhood cancer research. What makes us a little different is that we are made up of athletes (from normal age group, collegiate and elite/professional status) from the multisport community and we are able to use the multisport races as our platform. Our mission is to use the passion and competitive spirit of racers to raise awareness and money for research and the fight to defeat childhood cancer. You can learn more about RACC at http://www.raccfund.org/RACC/Home.html.
USAT: What do you hope to gain from being a part of the USA Triathlon community on Facebook?
CM: I hope to be able to stay up date on what is happening within the tri community and connect with other people who have the same drive and passion as I do for this sport. The majority of our Team RACC athletes are all USA Triathlon members, including myself, and we have a number of RACC team members who have qualified for some of the major USA Triathlon events. So it is also a way for our team and me to be able to keep up on all the events going on.
USA Triathlon would also like to congratulate the winners of the 100,000 Fans contest:
Grand Prize: Johnny Little
First Runner-Up: Amanda Chance
Runners-Up: Donald Jordan, Katie Lay, Jill Teale, Edward Torre, Karen Weatherby