Sid Steinke put together a triathlon to prove to a local weightlifter that big muscles do not make a person a good athlete.
Thirty-one years later, the Leopolis Triathlon is still going strong as a Fourth of July tradition that brings runners from across the state to the small community for a race that tests their endurance and versatility.
“We set a date, the Fourth of July, and there were 13 of us,” Steinke said of that first triathlon in 1983. “Of course, (the weightlifter) was a no-show.”
The group did it again the next year, and formed the Leopolis Booster Club to manage the triathlon in 1985.
“It’s amazing,” Steinke said of the success of the event. “It’s just been progressing ever since. It’s a good thing for the community on the Fourth of July.”