A longtime resident of Grand Haven, Tony took part in his first ever triathlon 8 years ago. Like most others, after finishing the race, he was hooked with the desire to do more.
In a very short time, Tony excelled at triathlons to the level of consistently placing in the top 2 in the “Clydesdale” division where he weighed in at 202 pounds. This included Olympic, Sprint, ½ Ironman and full Ironman distances.
There were also times if a race did not have a Clydesdale division, Tony would still place in the top 5 in his age group. It always seemed that the more challenging the race, the more he enjoyed it. In 2001, Tony placed 2nd in the Clydesdale division at Ironman Florida with a time of 11 hours, 19 minutes. If you were fortunate enough to see Tony at a race, you would sense he was like a kid in the candy store.
Tony was very particular with his eating habits and trained with a focus unmatched by others. He would not, however, put his training above spending time with his two sons, Kyle and Ian. He was a loving and devoted father to his sons. Tony was always one to be a positive influence to whomever came across his path, be it encouraging someone in training or at a race. His humble attitude certainly displayed his faith. He would do whatever he could to help those in need or encourage someone in life.
On May 01, 2004 Tony was suddenly taken from us to be with his Lord as a result of an undetected heart condition. As a result of his lifestyle, Tony was able to live for many years compared to others who have been diagnosed with this same condition.
As a result of his unending encouragement, focused healthy lifestyle, faith and commitment, we wish to hold this race in tribute to Tony Thompson.