NOW AND THEN!
The Graniteman and Buffalo Triathlons are now managed and organized by Active Central MN. This nonprofit organization exists to support and sustain local events that benefit the health, fitness, and overall wellness of our community. Active Central offers logistical, financial, and management support to key local events, so that they can continue to be offered year after year to the people of Central MN. Active Central MN currently helps manage the Centracare Earth Day Run, Apple Duathlon, Buffalo Triathlon, Graniteman Clearwater, and Graniteman Big Lake and hopes to expand the number of events it supports as well as the variety of activities those events provide.
The Graniteman and Buffalo Triathlons have 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 in 2003 grew to include a variety of annual events throughout Central MN.
Graniteman was originally founded by Bill Corcoran 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 years these great events have hired athletic teams, church groups, non-profits, and all sorts of charities to “volunteer” and raise money for their cause by helping at the events. To date, we are proud to say that well over $250,000 has been donated to those various groups!