Sunrise is a non-profit organization comprised of fun, athletic-minded members of all levels and ages who swim, bike, and run in Shreveport-Bossier City and beyond. The club, originally known as the Sunrise Swim and Tri Club, was established over two decades ago by a small group of intrepid athletes who swam regularly at sunrise (hence, the club’s name) and soon began adding running and cycling to their early morning routine. Today, the club has grown to more than 400 members and is a competitive force as one of the largest triathlon clubs in the USAT South Midwest Region, which includes Louisiana, Texas, Oklahoma, and Arkansas.
Sunrise offers a variety of workout options led by the club or the club’s affiliated groups. During daylight savings months, ritual brick workouts (i.e. workouts that consist of two or more disciplines…for example, bike-run) are scheduled every Saturday morning at Cypress Lake and various other locations. In addition, group rides are abundant on Tuesday and Thursday evenings in south Shreveport and north Bossier. Track workouts are scheduled every Wednesday morning. Many group runs, often self-organized, are available in the mornings and evening every day. The Shreveport area has a Masters swimming program that offers coached workouts at various times of the day year round. During the summer months, the 50-meter pool at Southside Swim Club is available to Sunrise members for lap swimming on Mondays and Wednesdays from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at no additional charge. The club also sponsors several triathlon clinics each year.
The club organizes and directs the Sunrise Triathlon Series, a favorite annual proving grounds among new and seasoned triathletes. As this four-race series progresses from tri #1 to tri #4, each event gets gradually more difficult (e.g. longer distances, hotter weather, more challenging courses, etc.), allowing participants to build their endurance, skills, and confidence into the triathlon season. The tri series originated as a single race in 1995 but was soon expanded to three races. In 2016, a fourth race, staged at the El Karubah Shrine on Cross Lake and including an open water swim, was added to the series. Through 2016, Sunrise Triathlon #1, #2, and #3 were held at the Town South Swim Club, a beloved venue by all for its shallow pool swims and friendly neighborhood courses. In 2017, the first three races of the series moved to the newly-constructed YMCA, which offers a state-of-the-art 50-meter pool and a closed bike course.
In 2015, the Sunrise Tri Club launched the Shrineman Triathlon Festival, which benefits the Shriners Hospital for Children. Race options include a half iron distance triathlon (the first and only in Shreveport-Bossier), Olympic distance triathlon, aquabike, and relays. Regardless of race choice, Shrineman offers scenic and most challenging courses with stunning Cross Lake as a backdrop; it is held at the El Karubah Shrine in early fall. To date, Shrineman has raised over $20K for Shriners Hospital for Children.
Sunrise is not all sweat and tears. The clubs offers many social events for its members throughout the year (e.g. early RCT sign-up party, post-race gatherings, etc.). In addition, annual awards are presented to members for extraordinary achievement and work.