who is the gold nugget

"A Woman's fitness event encouraging women of all ages and abilities to participate."

The Gold Nugget Triathlon is dedicated to improving the lives of women and girls through athletics.

The Gold Nugget Triathlon Board of Directors believe that our women’s triathlon is more than just a one-day event.  Women and girls train for this event year-round and many sign up as a way of kick-starting a brand new training and fitness regime. They often find this to be a life changing experience. Mothers and daughters train for this event together, as do groups of friends and colleagues. 

The Alaska Women’s Gold Nugget Triathlon is put on every year by Gold Nugget Triathlon, Inc. (GNT), a not-for-profit organization founded in 2003.  Since 2003 there is a Board of Directors (who are entirely volunteers, with no paid positions or monetary compensation of any kind) which oversees the staging of the event and the other activities which the organization sponsors. The GNT contracts for certain service such as race management, timing, traffic control, course logistics and registration support. During the weekend of the race, and particularly on race day, several hundred more volunteers are needed to make the event run smoothly.  We are very grateful to all who volunteer to make our event so fun and special for our participants!

Gold Nugget Triathlon Inc. became a not-for-profit in part so that we could receive tax-deductible donations.  Most donations received go towards staging the event, which is an extremely costly endeavor. There are some years in which the race yields a profit, which we then try to spend in ways that fulfill our mission. In the past, we provide financial assistance to participants for whom the entry fee is prohibitive, donated to several high school triathlon teams, other Triple Patch events (Ski, BIke and Run for Women), Girls on the Run, Diabetes Organizations and to the all-girls' ski event "Fast & Female."


the board

The Gold Nugget Triathlon is run by a volunteer board of committed directors, all of whom are interested in advancing sports for women of all abilities.  They are:

  • Sheila Swanson (President)
  • Claire Norton-Cruz
  • Betsy Haines
  • Diane Barnett
  • Shannon Donley
  • Rose VanHemert
  • Trudy Keller (Secretary)
  • Jennifer Schrage
  • Lia Keller
  • Micaela Jones
  • Kristen Drummond (Treasurer)
  • Sarah Fischer (Vice President)
  • Mary Vollendorf