Triathletes came out to the Rocky Mountain Recreation Area last weekend to participate in the Tri for the Shelter Sprint Triathlon. The Tri for the Shelter is hosted by RACE Rome and is held in honor of the William S. Davies Homeless Shelter. Triathlon participants swam 0.25-miles in Heath Lake, biked 18.0-miles through Big Texas Valley and ran a 5K through the park. Participants of the Tri for the Shelter were men, women and children from Rome and across the Southeast, the youngest competitor being 9 years old.
Competing in the race was Kriga Schabort, the number one ranked paratriathlete in the world. Participants also included first time triathlete Frank Ski, who is most often recalled as Atlanta based DJ for V103. Joe Young from Plainville, Georgia took the overall fastest course time with 1 hour 13 minutes. Jennifer Hoyer from Roswell, Georgia took the fast female course time with 1 hour 30 minutes. A complete list of race results can be found at

Participants from out-of-town were astounded at the beauty of Big Texas Valley and the Rocky Mountain Recreation Area. Local participants were thrilled to take part in an event that brought visitors to the Rome community and that supports local charitable organizations such as the William S. Davies Homeless Shelter. John Crowley of Rome was quoted saying, “ Thanks for another great race! It is awesome to have such a quality event to participate in and I love what RACE Rome is doing in our community!”.

The Tri for the Shelter is an event of RACE Rome racing series that hosts events throughout the year encouraging both wellness and philanthropic missions. RACE Rome strive to provide opportunities to promote wellness for the citizens of Floyd county. The goal of each RACE Rome event is to raise money for local charitable organizations. For more information about RACE Rome visit