Temple Terrace Girl Scouts triathlon helps girl
TEMPLE TERRACE - If there were an award given to Girl Scout groups that epitomize the worldwide organization’s mission of growing “girls of courage, confidence and character,” Terrace Terrace-based Troop 758 would be among the top contenders. That is the impression troop leader Brenda Golterman portrays whenever she’s asked about her association with the group of girls she’s guided from their kindergarten years into their midteens. The close-knit team of young ladies – who have earned their bronze and silver badges as well as some who are working toward achieving Girl Scouts’ highest gold ranking – are committed and compassionate about making a difference in the lives of other young people in their community. In fact, they are forging forward with their plans to host the fifth annual Tri It Get Fit Triathlon on May 4 at 7:30 a.m. at the Temple Terrace Family Recreation Complex, 6610 Whiteway Drive.Open to anyone 5 or older, the USA Triathlon-sanctioned event will begin with a closed-course run followed by a bicycle ride around the Temple Terrace Golf & Country Club. It will conclude with a swim in the pool at the recreation center. Participants will be divided by age categories. In addition, there will be a fun run/walk 1-mile event open to people of all ages. The cost is $30 per person or $70 for a three-person relay team and $20 for the fun walk/run. Register online at wwwtriitgetfit.com. Proceeds will benefit the Miracle for Megan Garrett Irrevocable Trust, a fund meant to help provide care for the 6-year-old Temple Terrace girl who at a young age was diagnosed with mitochondrial disease, a condition the affects the body’s ability to properly function and thrive. As a result, she has major developmental issues that require around-the-clock attention. To date the troop has donated $13,000 toward the child’s needs. “The impact they have had on Megan’s life and our family has been huge,” said her mother, Terri Garrett, who noted she and her husband, Pat, feel privileged every year by the donation from the triathlon. “Things like this make this all the more of a special journey that we are on,” she said. Her husband agrees. “I’m just elated the girls have kept Megan in their hearts and in their prayers and that they understand the dynamics of her care,” he said. “If everybody had the compassion and the love that they do, the world would be a better place.” Golterman said she is proud to represent such a giving and caring group of girls. “Even though they go to five different schools, these girls have a very close bond and are very committed to doing good things for people in their community,” she said. For the first time in the history of the triathlon, the Girl Scout troop solicited the services of the All Around Kids charitable organization to waive registration fees for disabled All People’s Life Center frequenters and to youngsters fostered at A Kid’s Place in Brandon. The latter gesture is pending administrative approval. Race director is Jamie Klingman said she’s happy to offer her experience and expertise to the event through her affiliation with Athletes Who Care, a nonprofit organization composed of endurance athletes and business professionals. “These girls are awesome,” Klingman said. Visit the TriItGetFit website or call (813) 363-6261 for more information.
Joyce McKenzie can be reached at JoyceCMcKenzie@gmail.com.