Wasn’t able to cover the annual Multi-Sport weekend at Rigby Lake on Saturday, the first one to take place since the loss of Personal Best founder Michael Hays in May. Gray Augustus and Doug Swanson are now in charge of Personal Best Performance and have plans to continue honoring Hays at the events he organized.
The Medal Stand: Personal Best Performance Perseveres
The work and passion of Personal Best Performance founder Michael Hays is continuing thanks to some local athletes and entrepreneurs who knew him well.
Gray Augustus of Bill’s Bike and Run and Doug Swanson have taken on the responsibilities of running Personal Best Performance since Hays’s passing in early May. Together, they finalized preparations for the annual Multisport weekend at Rigby Lake last Saturday with about a week to spare. They will also direct other events Hays was in charge of, like the Great Snake River Triathlon, Run for the Cure and Race to Feed the Hungry, and continue working with the organizations that benefited from those event proceeds. Augustus said there are plans to rename Race to Feed the Hungry to the Wendy and Michael Hays Race to Feed the Hungry and Hays’ “Torchbearer Award” at each event to the Michael Hays Memorial Award.
“We just wanted to continue Michael’s legacy,” Augustus said Wednesday in a phone interview with the Post Register. “With Personal Best Performance, we just want to keep running it like it has been. We’ve been talking to Wendy, his wife, and we want to make sure those things not only go off, but they go off well.”
Augustus commended Jefferson County Parks and Recreation for helping to secure facilities and preparing Rigby Lake in time for last weekend. He said he and Swanson were also humbled at the support that sponsors, local law enforcement and residents gave last weekend.
“We had people come up the night before who lived on the route and asked if they could help,” Augustus said. “We had some missionaries in the area reach out. That combined with everything, it made the race come through smoothly.”
Augustus said the participants are to be commended also. The turnout was just shy of last year’s numbers, but several states were represented and there was much positive feedback.
“It was amazing to see how understanding the people were,” Augustus said. “They were really open to getting a lot of information last minute. There were a lot of people who had trained with Michael leading up to it. They were excited to do it. There was just a really good vibe.”
Coming up locally
The 18th annual Atomic Days Blast Off Fun Run 10k run, 5k run and walk and 1-mile kids run takes place at 7:30 a.m. Saturday in Arco. Proceeds benefit the Butte County High School track and field, cross-country and music programs. Also Saturday is the 10th annual Tin Cup Challenge Event Day 5k and 10k fun run/walk at 8:30 a.m. at the Driggs City Center Plaza. The Tin Cup Challenge fundraiser benefits nonprofits around the Teton Valley.
Team USA Update
The latest phase in a revamped Olympic bid process unfolded Tuesday in Lausanne, Switzerland. The International Olympic Committee ratified a proposal to award the 2024 and 2028 Summer Olympics simultaneously to the two remaining 2024 candidate cities, Los Angeles and Paris. Which city would get which Games will not be determined until after further negotiations between the IOC and the cities. If an agreement can’t be reached after negotiations, only the 2024 Games will be awarded at the IOC’s meeting in September in Lima, Peru. Also Tuesday, the IOC proposed a series of changes to the 2026 Winter Olympics bid process, requiring interested cities to be approved by the IOC session before it can become an official candidate. Four of six applicants for the 2022 Winter Olympics, which were awarded to Beijing, withdrew long before the final vote and three of the five 2024 bid cities also withdrew early.
The FINA World Championships begin Friday and continue through July 30 in Budapest, Hungary. The U.S. sends 44 swimmers, 24 men and 20 women, to worlds.
The Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA, launches Saturday for most subscribers of AT&T DirecTV, Comcast, Spectrum, Altice and Verizon as well as DirecTV Now, Hulu, Sony Playstation Vue, YouTube TV and Fubo. The channel will feature year-round programming of Olympic sports with an emphasis on American teams and athletes, original programs and archival footage from past Games.