Our organization started as a grass roots group of local outdoor athletes interested in sharing our passion for our area and outdoor fitness with others. We felt that a great way to do with was through a triathlon right here in Frankfort. To move this forward, we partnered with the Frankfort-Elberta Area Chamber of Commerce and the Betsie Hosick Fitness Center.
In 2018, race management transferred hands to the Paul Oliver Memorial Hospital Auxiliary. The Auxiliary is a volunteer fundraising organization dedicated to promoting and supporting health care in Benzie County. Since its existence, the auxiliary has donated more than $1.2 million to POMH from profits raised through the hospital Gift Shop and annual fundraising events.
The Auxiliary has provided generous support for dialysis services, digital mammography, an MRI dock, CT scanner, bone densitometer, an upgraded ultrasound machine, and a new cardiac rehab unit. Their current efforts focus on supporting community wellness activities and programs across the county, recognizing that healthy communities are thriving communities.
It is our goal to engage young people, families and individuals to make healthy choices and live an active lifestyle so everyone can enjoy all that Northern Michigan has to offer. The 10-mile Classic Tri Up North Triathlon course is specifically geared toward beginners and those looking for a little motivation to become more active. In 2016 we introduced the 22 mile Challenger Course which is a competitive course for experienced athletes and relay teams.