HFP Racing Gear Order

Gear order is open now through March 15th. With an estimated delivery of April 27th. Now is a perfect time to do some spring cleaning with your training & racing gear. Check out this link for the slick gear that you can order!

March Newsletters

On March 1st, we sent out newsletters – if you missed them, click on the links for each newsletter: HFP Racing & American Triple-T/TOUGHMAN Ohio.

Stay tuned to your inbox – as we will be announcing the HFP Racing general gear order information soon!

With the ‘winter thaw’ this past weekend – we are getting even more excited for racing in 2021! See you at the start line!

HFP Racing and the Ariel-Foundation Park partner to bring multisport racing to Mount Vernon, Ohio

Mount Vernon, OH – HFP Racing (HFP) and the Ariel-Foundation Park today announced a partnership to host the Ariel-Foundation Park Triathlon and Duathlon on August 29, 2021. HFP Racing will be adding this event to the line up in their Signature Event Series, which include the American Triple-T, Toughman Ohio, Tri CLE Rock Roll Run and Ohio’s season ending multisport event, the Ohio Fall Challenge.

“The Foundation Park Conservancy board is always considering new ways to attract visitors to Ariel-Foundation Park.  The opportunity to host a triathlon excites us because it not only will showcase this unique public space, but we will also be able to showcase Knox County’s two bike trails which converge at the park.  Triathletes will discover Mount Vernon has a vibrant downtown and will undoubtedly return. This event is a win-win for our community.” Melanie Bolender, Development Chair for the Foundation Park Conservancy

250-acre Ariel-Foundation Park – Located in Mount Vernon, Ohio

The Ariel-Foundation Park Triathlon and Duathlon will feature swimming in the calm and clear waters of Central Lake, followed by biking on the Ohio to Erie bike trail and the rolling hills in Knox County. The race finishes with a beautiful running tour of Ariel-Foundation Park. Participants that are non-swimmers can choose the duathlon division which substitutes an opening run for the swim.  Additionally, the triathlon offers a 3-person relay (1-swimmer, 1-biker, 1-runner) and the duathlon offers a 2-person relay (1-runner, 1-biker). There are three triathlon and duathlon distances to choose from:

  • Mini Triathlon: 250y Swim – 7mi Bike – 2mi Run
  • Mini Duathlon: 2mi Run – 7mi Bike – 2mi Run
  • Sprint Triathlon: 750m Swim – 21k Bike – 5k Run
  • Sprint Duathlon: 5k Run – 21k Bike – 5k Run
  • Olympic Triathlon: 1500m Swim – 38k Bike – 10k Run
  • Olympic Duathlon: 5k Run – 38k Bike – 10k Run

    All finishers will receive a handsome finisher medal and the top three in each division will receive custom awards (including relay teams).

    “This event has the makings of becoming a signature event in Mount Vernon.  Recreation (especially at Ariel~Foundation Park) has had and will continue to be an economic driver for our community while providing fun and interesting activities for our residents and visitors alike.  The City is looking forward to working with HFP Racing and the Conservancy in shining another spotlight on this premiere park.”  Matthew T. Starr, Mayor – City of Mount Vernon
EXPLORE. LEARN. STAY. – Mount Vernon, Ohio

“HFP Racing is thrilled to be partnering with the Ariel-Foundation Park and bringing this awesome new event to the Ohio multisport community. Our participants will love this meticulously manicured park and the proximity to downtown Mount Vernon, which will make it a great family friendly event”. Shannon Kurek, Co-Founder HFP Racing

About HFP Racing: Founded in 1988, HFP Racing has been serving the multisport community for over 30 years. Over the last 3 decades HFP Racing has been blessed to have played a significant role in the building of multisport within the Mideast region. HFP Racing is a family-owned business co-founded by the husband-and-wife team, Shannon and Jennifer Kurek. More details on the 2021 events can be found at http://www.hfpracing.com.

About Ariel-Foundation Park: Located in Mount Vernon, Ohio, the park is a stunning 250-acre example of adaptive reuse, created on the former site of a glass-making factory. It offers architectural ruins, lakes, observation tower, walking trails, steel sculptures, a museum, and connections to both the Kokosing Gap Trail and the Heart of Ohio Trail. For more information about the Ariel-Foundation Park, visit http://www.arielfoundationpark.org and follow the AFP on Facebook and Twitter.

What does it mean…?

What does it mean that we get to race again?? Someone asked me last week what it meant to me to know that we get to race again and it took me a minute to realize just how important racing is in our lives. Me personally – racing means I get to see my family again. I know we’re not necessarily related by blood, but we’re all kindred spirits. I love you all like you’re my family, and I have missed you terribly in this stupid pandemic.

2019 American Triple-T – Celebrating with some my multisport family

Does it mean something to me to be able to see my family again? You bet it does. What does it mean….? It means that our training has purpose again! How many of us have trained (or not trained) over the past year with no real goal in sight? We haven’t had a goal because we haven’t had any races to work towards. Everything was cancelled. Yes, you can do the virtual race thing and that’s a great way to continue training, but in reality is a virtual race anything other than a hard training day?

Is virtual racing really racing?

In my mind, no it isn’t, as a “race” gives you several things that virtual racing doesn’t: You get the atmosphere! There is a certain atmosphere to a race. It’s the energy of getting up early, the worry of making sure you’re ready the night before, the excitement of seeing your friends and fellow competitors. It’s the music, the noise, the commotion, the controlled chaos that is the transition area. It’s a RACE and we haven’t been able to race in a year. I miss the atmosphere.

It’s the music, the noise, the commotion, the controlled chaos that is the transition area.

With HFP announcing a race series that’s actually going to happen, that means we get our atmosphere back. Yeah, that means something to me. What does it mean ……it means competition! Again virtual races allow us to compete against ourselves and allow us to compete with others via statistics. I know most triathletes are amateur statisticians, because we track everything. From our heart rate to our miles to our calories to our fat content to anything we can count, measure, or otherwise record… we’re going to do that. But that does not compare to sweating and working side by side with somebody in your age group who’s pushing hard to that same finish line . You don’t get that virtually, that takes a race and we get to RACE!!

My happy place…RACE DAY!

What does it mean ….. probably too personal (and Shannon and Jen may or may not want this said, and I suppose I have the ability to edit it out if they don’t) but it means that one family who we have all come to know and love over the last 25 years gets to stay in business and not closed their doors due to circumstances beyond their control. It’s no secret that the owners of HFP Racing have had to take other full-time jobs in order to survive this pandemic. Their world wasn’t rocked, it was shut down. Can you imagine the sheer panic of going from controlled chaos and a schedule of 40 plus races, to getting a letter that says “no permits will be issued in the foreseeable future”? These folks have a family to feed too, and they did what they had to do during this weird time to feed that family. It’s no small miracle that HFP Racing has a season this year. Many lesser people, and lesser race organizations would have, (and did) throw in the towel when it got too hard. Not HFP. They scratched and scrambled and they found a way. If we all don’t take a second to acknowledge that painful scratch and scramble, and thank them for their heart and their faith in the sport, and in you (their racers ) we might be missing the point.

Sometimes I get to know you all too much 😉

So, from a loud old fat guy – thank you Shannon and Jen for stepping up and facing this demon head on, and popping him right in the nose. I certainly admire your courage, and appreciate you more than I can say . Does it mean anything to me to be able to race again this season?

In the immortal words of Letterkenny: “figger it oot, can confirm” ! Let’s race!

HFP Racing 2021 Schedule FAQs

By now most of you have been reading the updates or have been discussing the HFP Racing 2021 schedule with your multisport teammates. We have been getting some questions in our Customer Service email that I thought might be better addressed to everyone since many of you may have the same questions.

Why did HFP Racing move most of our races to Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District (MWCD) parks? The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) revoked our permit to the American Triple-T in late November 2020 and informed us that NO permits would even be considered for any races on the in 2021 until June 1. With the 2020 season a complete bust from COVID there was absolutely no way we could risk another season without races and we certainly could not open 2021 registration knowing we did not have permits for our 2021 events. Additionally, ODNR is no longer allowing any events to take place at Alum Creek State Park for the foreseeable future due to urban sprawl making the roads too dangerous for races.

How does the venue for the American Triple-T compare to the 2020 venue? In all areas, Atwood Lake Park is superior to Salt Fork Lake Park. Though there is not as much on-site lodging, the lodging options are plentiful AND if you enjoy camping there is on-site camping (with campers to rent) at their spectacular campground which is walking distance the transition area. The off-site lodging is an easy 25-minute drive (with only a few turns) from New Philadelphia and there are rental cabins just 8 miles away at the Woods Tall Timber Resort. The roads are super smooth and lightly traveled, along with offering many more course options (for the bike & run). Lastly, regardless of where you are lodging, the race parking lot (in a huge lot) is just 50 yards from the transition area which makes it super convenient for everyone. Flying in from out of state? Atwood Lake Park is just 45 minutes from the Akron-Canton Airport.

Does HFP Racing plan to return to the ODNR parks in the future if permitted? That is a question we just cannot answer right now as we are focusing on the new and exciting MWCD venues we have lined up for the 2021 season. We are receiving unbelievable support from MWCD and they are looking forward to rolling out the red carpet for you this season. Yes, for our Cincinnati/Dayton area friends this has increased your travel time to get to the races. However, I would encourage you to make the trips to these awesome family friendly venues and find out why we are so excited about the 2021 season…it will be worth the extra effort to get there. MWCD has recently invested over 200 million dollars into their parks that was made possible with a partnership with clean energy provider ECINO ENERGY and it is very apparent that it is for the benefit of their valued park visitors.

Why is there a $10.00 per day fee added to my race entry at these new venues? This is the gate fee that is charged by MWCD to get into the park and 100% goes to the MWCD overhead to keep these awesome parked equipped with great staff and to keep everything well maintained year-round. Click on this link to purchase your American Triple-T and Toughman Ohio Park Passes if you did not do so during registration.

If there is not a replacement venue (i.e. OU Race for a Reason, FIT Family Series @ Maumee Bay) can I transfer to another event on the 2021 calendar? Yes, absolutely.

What are the races that make up the 2021 FIT Family Series?
FIT Family Series @ Seneca Lake Park | Senecaville, Ohio  June 5-6, 2021
SAT: Kidz Splash N Dash SUN: Mini, Sprint & Olympic Triathlons & Duathlons

FIT Family Series @ Tappan Lake Park | Deersville, Ohio  July 10-11, 2021
SAT: Kidz Splash N Dash SUN: Mini, Sprint & Olympic Triathlons & Duathlons

FIT Family Series @ Atwood Lake Park | Mineral City, Ohio  July 31-August 1, 2021
SAT: Kidz Splash N Dash SUN: Mini, Sprint & Olympic Triathlons & Duathlons

FIT Family Series @ Sherod Park | Vermilion, Ohio  August 14-15, 2021
SAT: Kidz Splash N Dash SUN: Mini, Sprint & Olympic Triathlons & Duathlons

FIT Family Series @ Pleasant Hill Lake Park | Perrysville, Ohio  September 11-12, 2021
SAT: Kidz Splash N Dash SUN: Mini, Sprint & Olympic Triathlons & Duathlons

If I signed up for a 2020 HFP Racing event will I automatically be registered for the 2021 race that replaced the 2020 race? No, we sent out an email last year (with 3 options) that indicated you must contact customerservice@hfpracing.com and let us know what you would like to do. We will then credit your TriRegistration.com account and you can use this credit for any HFP Racing event.

Why did you change the kids triathlon & duathlon series to a Splash N Dash Series? At HFP Racing we are all about safe events and that is taken up a few notches with our kids races. We felt that to provide our kids with the most fun and safe event we needed to eliminate the bike portion of the event. Additionally, we wanted to offer the kids series as an afternoon event to allow families more time to travel and eliminate the need for another night in a hotel. We are excited to showcase this new series to our current customers and hope to encourage kids visiting the parks to give the Splash N Dash a go.

In closing; it’s been a very tough 10 months since COVID 19 shut down the entire racing industry and it is my sincere hope that you will join us at these new venues as we celebrate the return to racing in Ohio. We can’t wait to see you at an HFP Racing event in 2021.

If you have any more questions or concerns please feel free to text me directly at 740-963-4285 or email me at s.kurek@hfpracing.com.

Sincerely,

Shannon Kurek, Co-Founder
HFP Racing

THE OFFICIAL 2021 SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

American Triple-T & Toughman Ohio | Mineral City, Ohio  May 21-23, 2021
FRI-SAT-SUN: 3 Days, 4 Triathlons, 1 EPIC Event – 70+ miles or 140+ miles

FIT Family Series @ Seneca Lake Park | Senecaville, Ohio  June 5-6, 2021
SAT: Kidz Splash N Dash SUN: Mini, Sprint & Olympic Triathlons & Duathlons

FIT Family Series @ Tappan Lake Park | Deersville, Ohio  July 10-11, 2021
SAT: Kidz Splash N Dash SUN: Mini, Sprint & Olympic Triathlons & Duathlons

Mason Tri-umphant Kids & Adult Triathlon & Duathlon | Mason, Ohio July 25, 2021
SUN: Kids triathlon & duathlon, Adult Sprint Triathlon & Duathlon

FIT Family Series @ Atwood Lake Park | Mineral City, Ohio  July 31-August 1, 2021
SAT: Kidz Splash N Dash SUN: Mini, Sprint & Olympic Triathlons & Duathlons

FIT Family Series @ Sherod Park | Vermilion, Ohio  August 14-15, 2021
SAT: Kidz Splash N Dash SUN: Mini, Sprint & Olympic Triathlons & Duathlons

Tri CLE Rock Roll Run | Downtown Cleveland, Ohio August 22, 2021
SUN: Mini, Sprint & Olympic Triathlons & Duathlons

NEW EVENT ANNOUNCEMENT COMING SOON!  August 29, 2021
SUN: Mini, Sprint & Olympic Triathlons & Duathlons

Tri the Heights Youth Triathlon | Grandview Heights, Ohio September 4, 2021
SAT: Kids 15 & under Youth Triathlon – 4 different distances

FIT Family Series @ Pleasant Hill Lake Park | Perrysville, Ohio  September 11-12, 2021
SAT: Kidz Splash N Dash SUN: Mini, Sprint & Olympic Triathlons & Duathlons

Ohio Fall Challenge @ Seneca Lake Park | Senecaville, Ohio  September 26, 2021
SUN: Mini, Sprint & Olympic Triathlons & Duathlons

2021 Racing Details

The long awaited details for the 2021 racing season are here!

HFP Racing (HFP) and the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District (MWCD) announce a partnership to bring the HFP triathlon and duathlon races to MWCD parks in 2021. HFP Racing will be bringing their signature events, the 16th annual American Triple-T, the 29th annual FIT Family Series, and Ohio’s season ending multisport event, the Ohio Fall Challenge.

Don’t want to commit to racing 4 races over 3 days with an ATT race? TOUGHMAN Ohio will be offering several racing options for the ATT/TMO weekend:

  • TMO Super Sprint | May 21
  • TMO Sprint | May 22
  • TMO Olympic | May 23
  • TMO Half Ironman | May 23

TOUGHMAN Ohio will be offering several options for the epic racing weekend of American Triple-T:

Download the Press Release below!

2021 HFP Tri Club Partnership Program

2021 HFP Triathlon Club Partnership

Dear Triathlon Club, We would like to share with your club a great opportunity to get a discount on HFP Racing races in 2021. A partnership with your triathlon club and HFP Racing is a win-win for the upcoming season of racing:

If your club is interested, we will offer your members 15% off HFP Racing events in 2021. This offer can help create more camaraderie between members! You could even make an HFP Racing race a club race.

Your club logo will be on our website for the 2021 year. We strongly encourage your club to have a tent near the finish line at races for your members to have a place to chill + support other people crossing the finish line. This helps get your club more exposure.

What we ask of you is that you tag us in your social media (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter) of your members training & racing. This gives HFP Racing exposure.

If your club is interested, please confirm the following information by Friday, April 30, 2021:
-Main contact of the club (email & phone)
-How many members are in your club
-Club social media handles
-Club logo

Once we receive the above information, we will send you the code for your members to use to save 15% on races.

Should you have any specific questions about the race discount, you can email us at: m.prohaska@hfpracing.com

We will respond within 48 hours – dependent on races.

I look forward to hearing from your club!


Melanie Prohaska | Social Media Director
m.prohaska@hfpracing.com