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Triathlon race director on leadership

Jeff Henderson, triathlon and duathlon race director and founder of Council for Responsible Sport, will discuss his exciting career at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 30 in the Geneva Room of the Warren Hunting Smith Library. In his conversation with students and community members, Henderson will address how his work as a race director intersects with social and environmental justice, community building, and leadership.

Henderson studied to be a computer science engineer but changed his career path after he organized the first annual Musselman Triathlon in Geneva in 2004. “I fell in love with the process,” he said. Now six years later, he lives in Portland, Oregon and is the director of two triathlons (Geneva’s Musselman and the Portland Triathlon) and a duathlon (Fly by Night in Watkins Glen).

In 2007, he organized the City of Portland Triathlon in Oregon for the first time. That experience inspired him to found the Council for Responsible Sport, a non-profit agency that administers a sustainability certification for sporting events.

“The organization is still in its infancy, but it has shown me the tremendous power of sport to incite passion and drive social change,” said Henderson. “Sporting events are unique organisms, and they offer limitless opportunity for learning about yourself and the human condition in general.”

For more information on the Council for Responsible Sport, visit:

The event is sponsored by the Centennial Center for Leadership.