A warm-hearted CONGRATULATIONS to our Reader Cover Contest winner Julie Bockey of Temperance, Mich. She was nominated by her husband, James, who described her as “passionate, dedicated, and fun.” Julie was one of 10 finalists, and her supporters rallied to help her dominate the vote. She will travel to our San Diego headquarters for a special experience including a professional photo shoot, SWAG, and some fun with the Triathlete team. Read her husband’s submission below and find Julie on the cover of our June issue.
I would like to nominate, Julie, my wife and my favorite training partner. She has been competing in triathlons for 10-plus years and is the one who inspired me to get in this amazing sport. However, she has not just been an inspiration to me but also to both of our boys, Christian and Jacob. Both of our boys have autism so our life is very busy and we are not your typical family to say the least. Yet, she still finds time to train and be a very competitive age grouper. She has also made triathlon so integrated in our family, creating a healthy lifestyle and finding a hobby that has brought us all closer together. Because of her, I am now proud to say our youngest now participates in triathlons (on a tandem) and our oldest is running. If having two boys with autism isn’t enough of a challenge for her, she also has Type 1 diabetes. This adds another level of complexity to an already complex sport, so she spends a lot more time planning to ensure her blood sugar is managed before, during, and after her races. She never complains and keeps pushing herself to new limits. Please select Julie to be on your cover for this year’s contest. Thank you for consideration, James, Christian and Jacob.