Graniteman Events has been attracting triathletes, adventure seekers, and runners from all over the world to Central Minnesota since 2003. What started as a single triathlon called Graniteman has now spawned into a variety of annual events that include triathlons, runs, and the Mudman 5K obstacle course race.
Graniteman was originally founded in 2003 as a fundraiser for North Crest Gymnastics and Dance is a private kids activity center located in Sauk Rapids, MN that offers a variety of activities for kids of all ages. These great events originally helped to keep the children’s programs that were offered to the community affordable, but they also helped to further North Crest’s mission of involving parents in healthy and active life choices, which inevitably end up benefiting their children and families.
Over the past 14 years, Graniteman Events has paid out well over $250,000 to local and regional community groups and non profits, and is looking forward to continuing to help support local causes and initiatives through our volunteer fundraising program.
MEET THE TEAM
Bill is the Owner CEO of Graniteman Events, Inc. and is a Financial Representative for Country Financial. Prior to that, Bill owned North Crest Gymnastics and coached for over 25 years. Bill has been involved in athletics and events for the past 25 years as a coach, 17 years as a triathlete, 14 years as a race director, 25 years as a business owner. Graniteman Events was founded in 2004 and has been fueled by Bill’s passion to push himself and help those around him to Conquer Themselves inside and out. Check out Bill’s whole story!
Larry is a retired teacher, coach, and middle school principal of 35 years. Larry completed his first triathlon in 2004 at the inaugural Graniteman in Pleasant Lake. He continues to compete in running, triathlon, and swimming events across Minnesota and is a USA Triathlon National and World competitor. Besides the thrill of competition, Larry enjoys meeting competitors and spectators at the events he manages and attends. Larry brings his same leadership philosophy of education to Graniteman Events as Race Director, which is to work hard, serve the customer with respect, and provide EXCELLENCE at every event.
Evin graduated in 2013 from St. Cloud State University with a degree in Spanish and Rec Sports Management. With his trusty fiddle in one hand and a copy of The Race Directors Guide To Survival in the other, Evin adds his youthful zeal, dashing good looks, and drive for success to the Graniteman team. In his full time position with the YMCA and Centracare, Evin is also the Race Director for a number of other successful local events.
Heather is part owner of Graniteman Events and is as passionate about health and fitness as anyone could possibly be. She is also committed to making sure that the Graniteman participants receive the highest level of customer service possible.