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Inaugural Rotary Tri-Quest May 20

Volunteers began arriving at The Legend at Bergamont at 5:00 a.m. on Sunday, May 20th, to begin the registration and course set-up for our Rotary Club of Madison’s Inaugural Tri-Quest Event.  We had over 50 Rotary volunteers to help throughout the day, and the location and staff at Bergamont were superb.

By 7:00 am, many participants were on site—some were on the golf course and others getting ready for the 8:00 am 5K Run.  The 31K Bicycle Race started by 9:15 a.m. and we also had an afternoon golf event.

Weather cooperated in general, although many of our participants would tell you that it was a little warmer than they preferred and the wind presented more of a challenge for parts of the course.

Registrations totaled 129 for our event, and this was a good level for our first time around.  We will provide news on the total amount raised for our Madison Rotary Foundation Synergy Fund in the coming weeks but expect it to be at the $25,000 level.

Congratulations to the following winners:
Corporate/Relay Division
Mens’s               Group Health Cooperative
Women’s          Sun Prairie Rotary
Coed                  CUNA Mutual
Individual Division
Men’s                 Dave Nelson
Women’s          Karen Mittelstadt
Two-Person Team
Men’s                 John Ratkovich & Tim Schertz
Coed                   Paul & Debbie Zampelli
Four-Person Team
Men’s                  McGladrey
Individual Medalists
Run- 1st place Men’s              David Schneekloth (Smith& Gesteland)
Run- 1st place Women’s       Jennifer Norr (CUNA Mutual)
Bike- 1st place Men’s             Jon Furlow (CUNA Mutual)
Bike- 1st place Women’s      Glenda Hodge (M3 Insurance)
Golf-1st place Men’s               Rob Peters (CUNA Mutual)
Golf 1st place Women’s         Carrie Wall (Rotary Team #2)     

Dave Nelson


From left: Tri-Quest Committee Chair Scott Haumersen, Steve Goldberg (CUNA Mutual) and Larry Zanoni (Group Health Cooperative)

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Thanks to everyone—sponsors, participants, volunteers and those staffing the event—for helping us to make our 1st annual Rotary Tri-Quest event a huge success.

Rotary Tri-Quest FAQ

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Planning continues for our club’s Tri-Quest event scheduled for Sunday, May 20, at Bergamont in Oregon.  To help explain the day’s events, here are responses to some frequently asked questions:

   Can I just have my foursome play golf?  There is no option to just play golf unless you are part of a relay (corporate) team. In that case you are one person on a three person relay team, and you can play golf, while your teammates do either the run or the bike.

   Can I register my team all at once?  Yes– Go to Rotary Tri-Quest  and click on ‘Register Now’ and you will be able to register all of your team at once. We will need certain information about each team member including, birthdates, e-mail addresses, emergency contact persons, etc. At some point, we will need each of them to sign waivers. If your team is part of a corporate sponsorship, you should have received a coupon code.

   What happens between events?  Unlike traditional Tri-events, there is no advantage to transition times. After the run, you will have about 45 minutes to change your clothes, tune up your bike and refresh before the bike event. After the bike event, you will have about an hour to take a shower, eat lunch, practice golf. Bergamont is a wonderful facility and will be able to meet any needs.

   How tough are the run and bike courses?  There is some elevation throughout the bike event with some rolling hills. The run and bike will finish with an uphill. You can check out the course at the following links:



   Can I use a cart when playing golf?  Unfortunately there is no cart option for golf. We do allow pull carts, and a cart will be available for you to get to your hole for a shotgun start.

   Are golf handicaps used?  There is no handicapping system being used for the golf.

   What is the format for the golf event?  For the relay event as well as for the individual one-person event, the one golfer plays stroke play with no handicap.  For the two-person event it is divided into three events: 6 holes of scramble, 6 holes of best ball and 6 holes of alternate shot. For the four-person event it is a scramble.

   What if I just want to make a contribution to the event?  Checks made payable to the Madison Rotary Foundation, a 501(C) 3, are fully deductible. If you are participating in the event, there would be some limitations according to the benefit received. All other checks should be made payable to the Rotary Club of Madison.

   Who does this benefit?  The Rotary Club of Madison through its foundation, the Madison Rotary Foundation, has established the Synergy Fund. This fund will provide 4 year college scholarships to disadvantaged youth in Dane County. We hope to raise $50,000 for this fund.

   I want to be on a team, but don’t have team members.  We have started a list of individuals who want to be on a relay team to help them find team members.  Simply email your name, sex, age, & event to

   Will there be age brackets?  Because of the limited size of the event, we do not anticipate needing age categories unless one category is large enough to warrant it. There are male, female and co-ed divisions.

   I can’t participate, but want to help out.  There are many ways to help out, and we are currently looking for volunteers. Just e-mail us at, and we will certainly find a way to include you.

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So What’s the Rotary Tri-Quest? — Madison Rotary

Perhaps you have been hearing about the Rotary Club of Madison Tri-Quest, but haven’t really tuned in to what it is all about.

The Tri-Quest is a long-established and unique event that was started in LaCrosse 15 years ago by a group of athletic enthusiasts who wanted to incorporate golf into athletic competition. Its history was born in raising money for youth in the LaCrosse area. Over the last 15 years, 3,000 have participated and helped raise over $750,000 for the Children’s Museum, Boys and Girls Club and Family Services in LaCrosse.Rotary Club of Madison Tri-Quest Logo

Your Rotary club has licensed the right to use the event in Madison. Our goals are to:

  • To provide service to the community by promoting a unique, fun, challenging athletic event.
  • To raise up to $100,000 in honor of our centennial year. 
  • To increase Rotary’s brand awareness and to enhance our member’s experience in Rotary.

Your Board has designated the proceeds to the Madison Rotary Foundation Synergy Fund as the primary beneficiary. The Madison Rotary Foundation Synergy Scholarship Fund annually provides a four-year college scholarship to a low-income graduating high school senior from our community. Recipients excel in academics and are active in community service projects during high school, but they lack the financial resources to enable them to attend college. The Synergy Fund helps students in need to realize their college dreams; it is a gift that will last them a lifetime. Many recipients receiving our scholarship are the first in their families to attend college.

The event will be held Sunday May 20, 2012, at the Legends of Bergamont in Oregon. It includes a 5K run, 33K bike ride and 18 holes of golf. You can participate as a 3 person- corporate team, where the event is divided among competitors who compete in each leg of the event. You can also form individual, 2-person and 4-person teams where each of you participate in each leg of the event. There is competition in the male, female and co-ed divisions as well as age categories. Winners are based on overall positions in each leg of the event compared to the rest of the field. The golf event is either stroke play, best ball, scramble, or alternate shot, depending on the format of your team. It is non-handicapped event.

You can help with this event in a variety of ways. 

  • As a volunteer on the Tri-Quest committee or on the day of the event
  • As a participant, by forming either a corporate team or other team
  • By being a sponsor in one of the many categories or asking other businesses to sponsor
  • By inviting friends, colleagues and co-workers to be participants
  • By being a spokesperson in the community for this event
The Rotary Club of Madison has 500 members from business, academia, healthcare and public and community service.  It is one of the ten largest Rotary International clubs in the world and will celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2013.  Rotary International is a service club with local and global reach.  It’s 34,000 clubs in over 200 countries have 1.2 million members who meet weekly to develop friendships, learn, and work together to address important humanitarian needs. 

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