Luray Triathlon decided to change up the podium awards this year and commissioned local potter Cathie Miranda Potterylady to hand make each pottery award. The pottery awards were either pint glass shaped or mugs, ranging from 18-20oz.
When deciding on a new style of awards, Luray Triathlon Race Director, Ken Racine, wanted to use a local potter and have each award be a custom, hand crafted piece. After meeting with Cathie and seeing some of her work he knew this would be a perfect fit. Race Participants couldn’t agree more. The overwhelming support of the new style of awards for the Luray Triathlon was amazing to see. Some of the feedback received on the post-race athlete surveys state, “The awards were fantastic, a great improvement to the race!”, “LOVE the pottery pint glass prizes!!!!!” , “I loved my award!!!!”. As a bonus local brewery, Hawksbill Brewery, offered the winning athletes a discount if they took their mug into the brewery and got it filled up.
We asked Julie Patteson, winner of both the Women’s Luray International and Sprint Triathlon, What did you think about the pottery awards? She told us, “The pottery awards are honestly the coolest awards that I’ve gotten from a race. They are also the only awards that I have on display in my house – they’re already up on the bookshelf in my living room. I love that they are unique and artistic without being flashy about a win”.
Allysah Fox a local Luray Triathlon participant said, “They were perfect! I loved that they were handmade by a local Luray woman. It makes the award more meaningful.”
Another Luray Triathlon participant David Raimist said, “They are awesome!!! So unique and still handmade by local artisan. Everyone I spoke to was excited to see/receive them. So much more usable and unique than other awards”.