HUNTINGDON, TN – April 10, 2019 – Organizers of the McKenzie Medical Center Dixie Triathlon, presented by The Dixie Carter Performing Arts Center, hope to capture the age-old ideal of Southern hospitality during the inaugural race this month. Each competitor and visitor to Carroll County and Huntingdon, Tennessee should feel a welcome like the day belongs to them.
Part of that approach will be found in the hand-crafted participant medals awaiting each triathlete after the finish line on the shores of the Carroll County Thousand Acre Recreation Lake on Sept. 15.
"We want to make the day special for each racer that comes to our community," said Lori Neal Nolen, executive director of The Dixie Carter PAC and its auxiliary Mudslingers Pottery Studio. "They'll get a medal that was created out of this very studio."
A native of Paris, Tennessee, Nolen studied art and ceramics across Europe in France, England and Italy before returning to Tennessee to do her own instructing at Mudslingers. She's leading a group of local students and teachers in molding and glazing each finisher's medal, emblazoned with the Dixie Triathlon logo.
"Partnerships can be made in so many different areas and then you get a whole community that buys in," Nolen said. "The arts are the catalyst for that – creative partnerships. People make up a great part of this community and they're all individually different. When I think about the arts and what we try to convey with The Dixie, it's that everybody has a part that they're going to play."
The McKenzie Medical Center Dixie Triathlon, presented by the Dixie Carter Performing Arts Center, will hold its inaugural race on Sept. 15 in and around the Huntingdon area in scenic Carroll County. The West Tennessee race features both Sprint and Olympic distances and will begin along the banks of the Thousand Acre Lake before winding its way into Huntingdon, around the Carroll County Courthouse and returning on rural roads to the banks of the lake.
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