Don’t miss a great speaker, a great dinner and a great cause

The final countdown is on for the Take Flight Triathlon Prerace Dinner on Saturday Oct 3rd brought to you by Bayada Nurses and the BDSRA.  We are still in need of volunteers to make the night run smoothly, if you are interested in helping out please email   Setup, clean up, registration table, serving, children’s games, face painters, silent auction table are just a few of the needed volunteers.  If you have a group that needs community service hours this would be perfect for that. 
Additional items needed for the dinner:
Auction items(just received a cool NC State basket today)
$250.00 sponsor for dessert table
Portable Sound system

Video of the event

Pictures of the event

2004 world champion triathlete, Sheila Taormina, will be the keynote speaker at  the Saturday, Oct 3 dinner.  Sheila ( won a gold medal in the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games in 4×200 freestyle relay and also competed in the 2000 and 2004 Olympic triathlons and the 2008 Beijing games in the modern pentathlon.  She is the only woman to compete in three distinctly different Olympic events.  Sheila will be bringing her gold medal for photo opportunities, so be sure to bring your camera along. 

Along with a delicious pasta dinner, and Sheila’s inspirational message, you can also enjoy browsing a silent auction, participating in family-friendly activities with the kids, and more.   Dinner proceeds will benefit the Batten Disease Support and Research Association (, a 501c3 organization. 


The dinner is a pre-race event in preparation for the 2nd Annual Take Flight Triathlon on Sunday morning the 4th.  Last year’s race was a huge success with over 500 registered athletes, and this year’s race will be even more competitive as the field has been opened up to 800 participants.   Take Flight proceeds will benefit Garrett’s Wings Foundation (, a 501c3 organization.


Two different events with one common theme:  supporting families of children with life threatening illnesses and finding a cure for Batten Disease.


Dinner specifics:   Saturday, Oct 3.  5:00pm – 8:00 pm     Harris Road Middle School, Concord, NC 

Open to the public as well as registered triathletes and their families.  We strongly encourage you to purchase tickets in advance.

Tickets:  $15 in advance ($10 for ages 3-12)        $20 at the door


Triathlon specifics:  Sprint Series Event.  Sunday, Oct 4.     Nomad Aquatics Center, Huntersville, NC

Triathlon registration


To volunteer at Saturday night dinner:  Contact Andy Brown at

To volunteer at Sunday morning triathlon:  Contact Marie Reedy at



Thank you for your support!!!!!! As always, feel free to pass this information on to family or friends that may be interested.



I am married to Wendy and dad to two boys Brandon and Jeremy with Juvenile Batten Disease, a fatal neurodegenerative childhood disorder. I am also active with the Batten Disease Support and Research Association.

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