In Memo­riam: Terry McKinty

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Re­tire­ment was such a fleet­ing mo­ment for Terry McKinty, a pil­lar of Ottawa’s vi­brant run­ning and triathlon cul­ture.

McKinty, who stepped down in Novem­ber 2015 as a sport event man­ager af­ter 35 years, died un­ex­pect­edly on Feb. 23 in hos­pi­tal. He was 69.

“His pas­sion was putting on events, giv­ing plat­forms for ath­letes,” said Ottawa busi­ness­man Marc Roy, who along with his wife Is­abelle Fradette ac­quired Sport­stats race tim­ing from McKinty in 1995 and de­vel­oped it into a world­wide com­pany. Dur­ing his high school teach­ing ca­reer, McKinty pro­duced for­mi­da­ble cross-coun­try run­ning and track pro­grams at Lockerby Com­pos­ite in Sud­bury, Ont. He also cre­ated the North­land Ath­letic Club and TBM Sport and Fit­ness Events com­pany, which trig­gered his 2014 Sud­bury Sports Hall of Fame in­duc­tion.

When he moved to Ottawa as tech­ni­cal di­rec­tor of the Cana­dian Track and Field As­so­ci­a­tion (now Athletics Canada), he or­ga­nized nu­mer­ous na­tional cham­pi­onships. But McKinty main­tained his TBM busi­ness and brought in Chris­tine McKinty, who he met when she was a vol­un­teer and he was ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the 1988 World Ju­nior Track and Field Cham­pi­onships in Sud­bury.

For the past two decades, the McKin­tys were co-own­ers of Som­er­sault Pro­mo­tions, which be­came Som­er­sault Event Se­ries in 2010. The se­ries stages road races, triathlons, duathlons and Iron-dis­tance races for thou­sands of ath­letes of all abil­i­ties.

The en­gag­ing McKinty was a cre­ative and ef­fi­cient fig­ure at Som­er­sault, pre­fer­ring to present fin­ish­line rib­bons at the chil­dren’s races, which were named af­ter sons Michael Ryan and Austin Wylie. But four years ago, health is­sues forced him to re­strict his in­volve­ment to be­hind-the-scenes race is­sues.

“You could sit with the guy and he would take you to another place. He had a dif­fer­ent way of ap­proach­ing things,” Roy added.

A cel­e­bra­tion of McKinty’s life was held March 12. For more de­tails, visit som­er­ ter­ry­tribute.html.–Martin Cleary

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