The Nice Tri - An Event for ALL!
The Nice Tri is a unique new event is being held in Water Works Park in Downtown Des Moines (DSM) on Sunday, June 4 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. The Nice Tri is a fun twist on a traditional triathlon; however, this version celebrates individuals who are unable or uninspired to train for endurance focused athletic events. The Nice Tri allows all participants to enjoy and succeed regardless of their fitness, motivation or mobility.
About The Nice Tri
Participants will complete the following if they feel like it:
Finish one lap (Distance = ⅓ Mile) around the Great Lawn of the Lauridsen Amphitheatre on foot (flip flops encouraged).
Float across the pond in a floatation device of any type (Distance = 50 yards). Bring your own “floatie” or use a kayak or canoe that will be provided.
Cruise around the Arboretum of Water Works Park on anything with wheels (Distance = ¼ Mile). Or bike, cruise or coast any distance you please around the park. Bring your own bike or use one available on-site (including recumbent and a limited number of adaptive bikes.)
Other activities will be available throughout the day in the park including yard games, yoga classes, dance parties and a silent disco. Participates are encouraged to sign up in teams, get creative with their attire and, most importantly, have fun. Prizes will be awarded for the most creative uniforms and flotation devices among other categories. The afternoon will feature live music on the stage of the Lauridsen Amphitheater by The Snacks and The Nadas.
This unique event is the inspired by two audiences:
Differently abled individuals who can’t participate in traditional competitive events and/or have no interest.
- People who love to have fun and enjoy a good time in the park with a bit of exercise and ample refueling stations in the form of great food and cold beverages and enjoy live music on the amphitheater stage at the same time.
The event will take place on Sunday, June 4 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Opening ceremonies will be at 10 a.m. when a sip and stretch session will be offered (snacks and beverages are encouraged!)
Where: Lauridsen Amphitheater at Water Works Park & Surrounding Areas, 2201 George Flagg Parkway, Des Moines, IA
$25 includes an official “I Tried” Cup, one complimentary drink and a commemorative medal
Food trucks will be on site from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Includes Live Music by The Snacks from Noon – 2 p.m. and a concert by The NADAS at 3 p.m.
Free Parking is included in the ticket price
The Nice Tri will be held rain or shine
To purchase tickets and see a complete schedule of events, visit thenicetri.com.
About The Concept
The Nice Tri concept was the idea of Mindy Toyne, owner of In Any Event, a Des Moines-based event production company. She also has a special needs son who has never been able to participate in traditional sports. Both are pictured below. For years she thought a Lazy Triathlon or Nada Triathlon would be a blast for participants but never moved forward with the concept. After several years of hearing her son Koen plead with her to just “celebrate and embrace his laziness” it became apparent that this event needed to happen. Ultimately the goal was to create an event that truly offers something for absolutely everyone to enjoy.
The support of the community has been phenomenal for the inaugural Nice Tri. Choice Creative Solutions is the presenting sponsor, and they created the unique logo that tells the story of the concept. Can Play (where Koen participates in weekly adaptive group activities) has been instrumental in making the event possible and Unity Point is offering financial assistance to any children who want to participate but have economic barriers. A complete list of sponsors and supporters can be found here thenicetri.com/sponsors.
About In Any Event
In Any Event specializes in producing large-scale public festivals and events such as Des Moines’ Oktoberfest, Indulge, RAGBRAI activities and the Iowa Craft Brew Festival. Trade shows, silent discos, award ceremonies, food and wine events, golf tournaments and elite private affairs are all productions which In Any Event executes. To learn more about In Any Event visit in-any-event.com.
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Mindy Toyne is the owner of In Any Event, a full-service event planning company in Des Moines that specializes in large-scale events such as Oktoberfest, Indulge, RAGBRAI and Iowa Craft Brew Festival. She is also involved with nonprofits like Autism Society of Iowa, Iowa's Healthiest State Initiative and Mentor Iowa.