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'Tri4Grace Memorial Triathlon' honors memory of local leukemia victim

"Tri4Grace Memorial Triathlon" participants line up to start the swimming portion of the Triathlon.

Crowds of people from River Falls area came out to River Falls High School Saturday for the Tri4Grace Memorial Triathlon. This is the second 'Tri4Grace' triathlon event. It was held to honor the memory of Grace Goblirsch who passed away last August at age 20, after battling acute myelogenous leukemia.

The first "Tri4Grace" event was held last April, to support Goblirsch in her fight against cancer. It was arranged by Goblirsch's high school swim coach Lynne Huiskamp. This year's event was put on by a committee of several local people, including John Shepherd.

Shepherd said some event sponsors included UWRF, Lebo Sign Works, Inc., and the Hudson YMCA.

Sue Goblirsch, Grace's mom, said she thought the event was a great way to honor her daughter's memory, and hopes it will continue to be an annual event in the future.

For more, see the May 15 print edition of the River Falls Journal. 

Gretta Stark

Gretta Stark has been a reporter for the River Falls Journal since July of 2013. She previously worked as a reporter for the New Richmond News from June 2012 to July 2013. She holds a BA in Print and Electronic Media from Wartburg College.

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