Andy Schachat's On the Run: Jordan bows out of NH triathlon scene
In the late 1990's and early 2000's, Jordan was a triathlete living in Gilford and traveling around the country to compete. Unlike most athletes who focused primarily on their race, Jordan took time to observe the surroundings and operations of the events he attended. He was so impressed, he asked himself, "Why not New Hampshire?"
"I spoke to a lot of people who were excited about the idea of bringing a big race to New Hampshire," he said. "But they needed a lot of education to understand what a triathlon was all about."
"A few days before the race. we were stuffing race packets and filling water bottles. I don't think we realized just how much work we had to do," he recalled. "At one point, I feared we wouldn't be able to pull it off."
"The athletes gave me a standing ovation." he said. "They were so grateful for what we had done. It was quite something to see."
Jordan also found himself spending more time in Texas. That resulted in his selling the Big Lake Half Marathon and discontinuing the Black Fly Triathlon. WTC then discontinued Mooseman in 2012. The "end" of Jordan's reign in New Hampshire came when his website, Endorfunsports.com, which used to list all his races, was turned into a goodbye message in 2012. His parting words to Granite State athletes were: "Thanks to all of you for making this last 13 years the best of our lives, and thank you for all of the memories that will always be with us. Remember, it's not goodbye. It's see you later."
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