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Mindy Toyne 515-371-4742

A New Event In Des Moines Will Celebrate Inclusion In A Creative Way

The Nice Tri Truly Offers Something For Everyone Regardless of ‘Mobility or Motivation’ 


A unique new event is being held in Water Works Park on June 4th from 10:00 am  - 5:00 pm.  The Nice Tri is a fun twist on a traditional triathlon; however, this version celebrates individuals who are unable or uninspired to train for endurance focused athletic events.  The Nice Tri allows all participants to enjoy and succeed regardless of their fitness, motivation or mobility. 


Participants will complete the following if they feel like it:


  • 1 Lap around the Great Lawn of the Lauridsen Amphitheatre on foot- flip flops encouraged. Distance = ⅓ Mile.

  • Float across the pond in a floatation device of any type.  Bring your own “floatie” or use a kayak or canoe that will be provided.  Distance = 50 yards

  • Cruise around the Arboretum of Water Works Park on anything with wheels!  Distance - ¼ Mile. Or bike, cruise or coast any distance you please around the park. Bring your own bike or use one that we will have available (including recumbent and a limited number of adaptive bikes.)


Other activities will be available throughout the day in the park including yard games, yoga classes, dance parties and a silent disco.  Participates are encouraged to sign up in teams, get creative with their attire and most importantly have fun.  Prizes will be awarded for the most creative uniforms and flotation devices among other categories.  The afternoon will feature live music on the stage of the Lauridsen Amphitheater by The Snacks and The Nadas.


This unique event is the inspired by two audiences:

  1. Differently abled individuals who can’t participate in traditional competitive events and/or have no interest.

  2. People who love to have fun and enjoy a good time in the park with a bit of exercise and ample refueling stations in the form of great food and cold beverages and enjoy live music on the amphitheater stage at the same time. 



When: Sunday, June 4th from 10 am - 5:00 pm. 

Opening ceremonies will be at 10:00 am when a sip and stretch session will be offered (snacks and beverages are encouraged!)

Where: Lauridsen Amphitheater at Water Works Park & Surrounding Areas - 2201 George Flagg Parkway, Des Moines, IA



  • $25 includes an official “I Tried” Cup, one complimentary drink and a commemorative medal.

  • Food trucks will be on site from 10 am - 5 pm 

  • Includes Live Music by The Snacks from 12:00 - 2:00 pm and a concert by The NADAS at 3:00.  

  • Free Parking is included in the ticket price.

  • The Nice Tri will be held rain or shine.


To purchase tickets and see a complete schedule of events, visit


About The Concept

The Nice Tri concept was the idea of Mindy Toyne, owner of In Any Event, a Des Moines-based event production company. She also has a special needs son who has never been able to participate in traditional sports. For years she thought a Lazy Triathlon or Nada Triathlon would be a blast for participants but never moved forward with the concept.  After several years of hearing her son Koen plead with her to just “celebrate and embrace his laziness” it became apparent that this event needed to happen.  Ultimately the goal was to create an event that truly offers something for absolutely everyone to enjoy.


The support of the community has been phenomenal for the inaugural Nice Tri.  Choice Creative Solutions is the presenting sponsor and they created the unique logo that tells the story of the concept.  Can Play (where Koen participates in weekly adaptive group activities) has been instrumental in making the event possible and Unity Point is offering financial assistance to any children who want to participate but have economic barriers.  A complete list of sponsors and supporters can be found here (Link to


About In Any Event 

In Any Event specializes in producing large-scale public festivals and events such as Des Moines’ Oktoberfest, Indulge, RAGBRAI activities and the Iowa Craft Brew Festival.  Trade shows, silent discos, award ceremonies, food and wine events, golf tournaments and elite private affairs are all productions which In Any Event executes.  To learn more about In Any Event visit

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