Since the death of Nook Burniske in 1990, the Greenfield Triathlon has annually honored a person who embodies the spirit of sportsmanship and has contributed to the Greenfield Triathlon or sports in Greenfield in a significant way. The “Nook Burniske” award has been awarded to terrific triathletes like four time champion Don Dwight and annual local favorite Cindy Mansur. Ken Kuninski who saw the talent in Patrick Bell and gave him a racing bike; crowd pleaser Lou Soquet, who you knew was finishing by the chants of “Lou, Lou, Lou!”
Organizers with can-do attitude are recognized both for their behind the scenes toil and their race-day contributions. They include, and are in no way limited to Chris Ethier who had the foresight to create and organize the first event and still does Sunday tri training for new participants; former Recreation Director, Mike Kociela who put in countless hours before and after the race … and saw the need for a committee and fresh ideas. Dan 'Mr. Can Do' Gagaris... , who spends endless days and hours behind the scenes preparing the course and doing anything and everything that needs doing; Ricky 'The Fish' Roy who manages everything swim, does race day photos and who's name is frequently next to organizing committee tasks; Bob and Deb Schilling who brought energy and organization, the web site, and Active.com that altered the race forever. These are all great people who have enriched this race and others. It is a pleasure to recognize them all.
The number 1 has been retired as an additional honor to Nook’s memory.