I’m noticing a change in the air, not just because we’re mostly through October, but because there is something strange happening at DelMo events that gives me reason to believe we’ve only scratched the surface...
What is it you ask?
Here in DelMoLand, we keep a keen eye on our athletes, we talk to you, we ask you questions, we send you surveys, we watch your every move, and we value your opinion, always. You know what we’re noticing? The lack of elitist, arrogant athletes who believe their ability entitles them to be above everyone else. There was a time in our sport when YOU KNEW that type of an athlete was in transition, but not anymore. Where did they go? How did this happen? What does that mean?
I can answer this easily.
First, we take great pride at carefully cultivating a VERY particular energy at DelMoSports. If you’ve ever spectated or participated in our award-winning Hand & Stone Women’s Philadelphia Triathlon you CANNOT NOT feel the love in the air. Women supporting Women is one of the greatest positive experiences to witness and I truly believe that energy is contagious and can turn the most apprehensive and timid athletes into smiling, supportive athletes.
How did this shift happen? When we decided we would do nothing else but produce world class events, we simply raised our standards of who we wanted to host. When I would conduct an athlete meeting I would simply state, “If someone comes up to me and says you were rude, or mean, or cursed at them, I’m going to DQ you, no questions asked, and you won’t come back.” There is zero excuse to not be nice, so be nice.” Now, we may get the random butthead, but they never last. DelMoNation has been tremendous at weeding these people out. Thanks to peeps like you.
Lastly, I think this is the biggest reason our sport is poised for growth in the coming years. It’s pretty simple, DelMo athletes have confidence in their ability and themselves and will not tolerate poor behavior any longer. We all (or we should) be using triathlon to complement our lives, not complicate our lives and surrounding yourself with positive, motivated, and like-minded people is GOOD FOR YOUR HEALTH. In short, our events have become a sanctuary of positivity. You may not be aware, but if you’re participating, volunteering, or spectating at our events, YOU ARE THE REASON for our success. YOU ARE THE REASON we repel negativity. YOU ARE THE REASON our events are special and garner national attention.
I’m digging the change in the air and I’m digging YOU.