FIT Family Series @ Vermilion Harbour- IT’S RACE WEEKEND

ABOUT THE PARK – NEW VENUE FOR 2016

Sherod Park

Located on Lake Erie approximately ¼ of a mile to the west of the city, this park was donated by the Bessie Sherod Family — a founding family of Vermilion. Featuring green space, trees, natural areas and beaches, Sherod overlooks the breathtaking Lake Erie. This park boasts 2 ball diamonds, 2 picnic shelters, 2 playgrounds, a soccer field and a walking track.

Online Registration Closes: August 19, 2016 – Midnight EST

EVENT SCHEDULE

Saturday, August 20 — HFP Course Talk and Preview

  • (2:00pm) for Sunday courses and races

Vermilion-Clinic

Saturday, August 20 — P.R. Multisport & Swim Clinic

  • 3:00–4:30pm at registration tent area / REGISTER

Saturday, August 20 — Kidz Triathlon & Duathlon*

Age on December 31st of this year

  • (Ages 10 & under) 100y Swim — 5k Bike — ½mi Run
  • (Ages 11–15) 200y Swim — 10k Bike — 1mi Run

*Duathlon starts with a ¼mi Run (Ages 10 & under) or a ½mi Run (Ages 11–15)

Sunday, August 21 — Vermilion Harbour Triathlon & Duathlon

  • Mini: 250y Swim (2mi Run) — 7mi Bike — 2mi Run
  • Sprint: 750m Swim (5k Run) — 20k Bike — 5k Run
  • Olympic: 1500m Swim (5k Run) — 40k Bike — 10k Run

START TIMES

Saturday

  • 2:00pm — Transition area opens for Kidz races
  • 3:00pm — Kidz Triathlon & Duathlon (Ages 11–15)
  • 4:15pm — Kidz Triathlon & Duathlon (Ages 10 & under)

Sunday

  • 5:30–7:00am — Transition area open, packet pickup, body marking, chip pickup
  • 7:00am — Mini Women’s start
  • 7:10am — Mini Men’s start
  • 7:20am — All Duathletes (Mini, Sprint and Olympic)
  • 7:20am — Sprint Triathlon Waves
  • 7:30am — Olympic Triathlon Waves

RACE PACKET PICK-UP

Sherod Park Beach Area

  • Saturday, August 20 from 10:00am–3:00pm
  • Sunday, August 21 from 5:30am–7:00am

There is NO RACE DAY REGISTRATION — packet pickup ONLY!

PARKING INFORMATION

All participants may park for FREE at Sherod Park next to the transition area (US 6 & Coen Rd.,Vermilion OH 44089).

RACE DAY CONCESSIONS

Grace United Methodist Church will be on hand on Sunday providing concessions during the race starting at 6:00am through noon. Bring CASH as they will not be accepting credit cards. Additionally, at 9:00am they will be doing a praise and worship service next to the Sherod Park beach pavilion. See you there.

P.R. MULTISPORT & SWIM CLINIC $25

Race Coaching Expertise ~ Through Education and Years of Experience!

P.R. Multisport is proud to partner with HFP Racing to host the on-site swim and triathlon clinics at select events, for beginner to advanced triathletes. Don’t miss out on gaining the edge and insights from our over 35 years in training and racing Multisport with many successes! Our goal is to HELP you to achieve your personal multisport goals with speed, safely, and having fun along the way, in reaching your potential and reaching your own PR.

We will cover:

  • Technique discussion on fundamentals and how to apply them, with video examples!
  • On-site in-water swim course talk and training
  • Race and triathlon training tactics for all 3 sports + transitioning
  • PLUS: Q&A from you! All you need to know

Read some client testimonials

About the Coaches and Coaching Philosophy

SATURDAY WAVE START TIMES
KIDZ 11-15
3:00pm — Kidz Duathlon (Ages 11–15)
3:05pm — Kidz Triathlon (one at a time starting with age 15)

KIDZ 10 & UNDER
4:15pm — Kidz Duathlon (Ages 10 & under)
4:20pm — Kidz Triathlon (One at a time starting with age 10)

SUNDAY WAVE START TIMES
5:30-7:00am — TRANSITION OPEN
7:00am — ALL women in Mini Triathlon
7:10am — All men in the Mini Triathlon
7:15am — All Duathletes (Mini, Sprint and Olympic)
7:15am — Sprint Triathlon Elite Men, Men 29 & under
7:18am — Sprint Triathlon Men 30-39, Clydesdale
7:21am — Sprint Triathlon Men 40-49
7:24am — Sprint Triathlon Men 50+, Sprint Relay Team, Aquabike Men
7:27am — Sprint Triathlon Women, Aquabike Women
7:33am — Olympic Triathlon Elite Men,, Men 29 & under
7:36am — Olympic Triathlon Men 30-39, Clydesdale
7:39am — Olympic Triathlon Men 40-49
7:42am — Olympic Triathlon Men 50+, Olympic Relay Team, Aquabike Men
7:45am — Olympic Triathlon Women, Aquabike Women
**Your Age Group wave is your USA Triathlon age based on 12/31/15

HFP Racing Swim Start Procedure (ALL Races)
As indicated in the above schedule each division will be called to the start line based on their age or division. We will send off each wave 3 participants at a time every 3 seconds.

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GOOD LUCK AND SEE YOU THIS WEEKEND.

Sincerely,

Shannon Kurek, Race Director
HFP Racing
aka HFP Man
HFP Man_REV

EVENT SCHEDULE

FIT Family Series @ Alum Creek – IT’S RACE WEEK!


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to one of America’s longest running multisport series — the 25th Annual FIT Family Series. Throughout the summer, the FIT Family Series visits six beautiful venues. Each venue features a Kidz Triathlon & Duathlon on Saturday (at 8:00am for this venue) followed by a mini, sprint & Olympic distance triathlon and duathlon on Sunday. So whether you’re racing for an overall title or giving multisport racing a try for the first time, the FIT Family Series is for YOU! It’s ALL ABOUT FUN! The 4th event rolls into beautiful Alum Creek State Park on August 6-7 and features events for the entire family. Online registration closes on August 5 at Noon.

Alum Creek’s 3,387-acre reservoir and 4,630-acres of gently rolling span of fields and woodlands provides a hub of recreational activity just minutes from Ohio’s capital city. Quiet coves nestled among shale cliffs await the solitary fisherman in the park’s northern reaches while sunseekers mingle with thousands on Ohio’s largest inland beach.

KIDZ TRIATHLON & DUATHLON

Race weekend kicks off with this super fun event that offers kids up to 15 years old a fun swimming, biking and running event. What kid does not like to swim, bike and run? The Kidz Triathlon & Duathlon features kid friendly point-to-point swim courses (or opening runs for duathletes) in waist deep water along the beach, followed by either a 5k or 10k bike course and finishing with a cross country run within the park. [GET REGISTERED]

MINI TRIATHLON & DUATHLON

The mini distance triathlon will start off with a 250 yard point-to-point swim (in waist deep water along the beach), followed by a 7 mile loop course through the countryside and finishing with 2 mile out and back run within the park. Duathletes will start off with a 2 mile run. [GET REGISTERED]

SPRINT TRIATHLON & DUATHLON

The sprint distance triathlon features a 750 meter counter clockwise rectangle swim along the beach, while the duathletes are running an out & back 5k run within the park, followed by a single loop 20k bike course through  the countryside surrounding the park and finishing with an out & back 5k run within the park before returning for a grand finish overlooking Alum Creek Lake. [GET REGISTERED]

OLYMPIC TRIATHLON & DUATHLON

The Olympic distance triathlon features a 1500 meter 2-lap counter clockwise rectangle swim along the beach, while the duathletes are running an out & back 5k within the park, followed by a 40k bike course through the countryside surrounding the park and finishing with a two lap out & back 10k run within the park before returning for a grand finish overlooking Alum Creek Lake. [GET REGISTERED]

EVENT SCHEDULE

Race Packet Pickup

Alum Creek State Park Beach Area

  • Saturday, August 6 from 6:30am–9:00am (Kids Only)
  • Saturday, August 6 (adult race packet pick up) from Noon–4pm
  • Sunday, August 7 from 6:00am–7:15am

There is NO RACE DAY REGISTRATION — packet pickup ONLY!

Saturday, August 6 — Kidz Triathlon & Duathlon*

Age on December 31st of this year

  • (Ages 10 & under) 100y Swim — 5k Bike — ½mi Run
  • (Ages 11–15) 200y Swim — 10k Bike — 1mi Run

*Duathlon starts with a ¼mi Run (Ages 10 & under) or a ½mi Run (Ages 11–15)

Saturday, August 6 — HFP Course Talk and Preview

  • (2:00pm) for Sunday courses and races

Saturday, August 6 — P.R. Multisport & Swim Clinic

  • 3:00–4:30pm at registration tent area / REGISTER

Sunday, August 7 — Alum Creek Triathlon & Duathlon

  • Mini: 250y Swim (2mi Run) — 7mi Bike — 2mi Run
  • Sprint: 750m Swim (5k Run) — 20k Bike — 5k Run
  • Olympic: 1500m Swim (5k Run) — 40k Bike — 10k Run

START TIMES

Saturday

  • 7:00am — Transition area opens for Kidz races
  • 8:00am — Kidz Triathlon & Duathlon (Ages 11–15)
  • 9:15am — Kidz Triathlon & Duathlon (Ages 10 & under)

Sunday

  • 6:00–7:30am — Transition area open
  • 7:30am — Mini Women’s start
  • 7:40am — Mini Men’s start
  • 7:50am — All Duathletes (Mini, Sprint and Olympic)
  • 7:50am — Sprint Triathlon Waves
  • 8:00am — Olympic Triathlon Waves

RACE PACKET PICK-UP

Alum Creek State Park Beach Area

  • Saturday, August 6 from 6:30am–9:00am
  • Saturday, August 6 (adult race packet pick up) from Noon–4pm
  • Sunday, August 7 from 6:00am–7:15am

There is NO RACE DAY REGISTRATION — packet pickup ONLY!

Saturday, August 6 (8:00am) — Kidz Triathlon & Duathlon*

Age on December 31st of this year

  • (Ages 10 & under) 100y Swim — 5k Bike — ½mi Run
  • (Ages 11–15) 200y Swim — 10k Bike — 1mi Run

*Duathlon starts with a ¼mi Run (Ages 10 & under) or a ½mi Run (Ages 11–15)

Saturday, August 6 — HFP Course Talk and Preview

  • (2:00pm) for Sunday courses and races

Saturday, August 6 —

P.R. Multisport & Swim Clinic

  • 3:00–4:30pm at registration tent area / REGISTER

Sunday, August 7 — Alum Creek Triathlon & Duathlon

  • Mini: 250y Swim (2mi Run) — 7mi Bike — 2mi Run
  • Sprint: 750m Swim (5k Run) — 20k Bike — 5k Run
  • Olympic: 1500m Swim (5k Run) — 40k Bike — 10k Run

SATURDAY WAVE START TIMES
KIDZ 11-15
8:00am — Kidz Duathlon (Ages 11–15)
8:05am — Kidz Triathlon (one at a time starting with age 15)

KIDZ 10 & UNDER
9:15am — Kidz Duathlon (Ages 10 & under)
9:20am — Kidz Triathlon (One at a time starting with age 10)

SUNDAY WAVE START TIMES
6:00-7:30am — TRANSITION OPEN
7:30am — ALL women in Mini Triathlon
7:40am — All men in the Mini Triathlon
7:45am — All Duathletes (Mini, Sprint and Olympic)
7:45am — Sprint Triathlon Elite Men, Men 29 & under
7:48am — Sprint Triathlon Men 30-39, Clydesdale
7:51am — Sprint Triathlon Men 40-49
7:54am — Sprint Triathlon Men 50+, Sprint Relay Team, Aquabike Men
7:57am — Sprint Triathlon Women, Aquabike Women
8:03am — Olympic Triathlon Elite Men,, Men 29 & under
8:06am — Olympic Triathlon Men 30-39, Clydesdale
8:09am — Olympic Triathlon Men 40-49
8:12am — Olympic Triathlon Men 50+, Olympic Relay Team, Aquabike Men
8:15am — Olympic Triathlon Women, Aquabike Women
**Your Age Group wave is your USA Triathlon age based on 12/31/15

HFP Racing Swim Start Procedure (Sprint and Olympic only)
As indicated in the above schedule each division will be called to the start line based on their age or division. We will send off each wave 3 participants at a time every 3 seconds.

OTHER IMPORTANT LINKS:

GOOD LUCK AND SEE YOU THIS WEEKEND.

Sincerely,

Shannon Kurek, Race Director
HFP Racing
aka HFP Man
HFP Man_REV

EVENT SCHEDULE

SOMC TRI for your LIFE – IT’S RACE WEEK!

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The City of Portsmouth will host the 5th annual “SOMC TRI for Your LIFE” brought to you by Southern Ohio Medical Center, as the organization seeks to build on wellness initiatives and grow the multisport community within the greater Southern Ohio region.

The SOMC Sprint Triathlon will take place on July 31 in Portsmouth, Ohio. The event will feature a youth triathlon at the Life Center Portsmouth. The event will kick-off with a “Wellington Healthy Dog Run” for those kids who want to show off their running skills without doing a triathlon. The youth triathlon will begin in the pool and progress to the bike course alongside the murals of the floodwall that depict the history of the community. The youth run will cap off the event and will occur through the campus green.

The Adult TRI will begin with a brief dip in the Life Center Portsmouth pool and then progress to a 3-lap 9 mile bike course. The run will feature a rolling 5k course through the streets of Portsmouth.

We hope you will mark your calendars and join us for this exciting event!

Online Registration Closes: July 29th, 2016 – 12:00 noon EST

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EVENT SCHEDULE

Sunday, July 31 — Life Center Portsmouth

SOMC Tri for your LIFE:

  • 200m Swim — 9mi Bike (3-lap course) — 5k Run

Kids Triathlon:

Age on December 31st of this year

  • (Age 10 & under) 100m Swim — 5k Bike — ½mi Run
  • (Ages 11–15) 200m Swim — 10k Bike — 1mi Run

START TIMES

Sunday, July 31

  • 8:00am — SOMC Tri for your LIFE
  • 11:00am — Kids Triathlon (Ages 11–15 and Age 10 & under)

RACE PACKET PICK-UP

Life Center Portsmouth

  • Saturday, July 30 from 1:00pm–3:00pm
  • Sunday, July 31 from 6:00am–7:30am

There is NO RACE DAY REGISTRATION — packet pickup ONLY!

SOMCTriathlon

OTHER IMPORTANT LINKS:

GOOD LUCK AND SEE YOU THIS WEEKEND.

Sincerely,

Shannon Kurek, Race Director
HFP Racing
aka HFP Man
HFP Man_REV

HFP Racing Annual Super Summer Sale

SuperSummerSaleTraditionally, HFP Racing has offered three annual sales each season with the year starting off with the New Year’s Super Sale (25% off), followed by the Spring Super Sale (20% off) and finally our Super Summer Sale (15%). These sales are offered to give our loyal customers a chance to save some money while planning their season. To help you plan for the second half of the summer and fall racing season we are offer the Super Summer Sale for 15% off any races in August and September. The sale starts at NOW on July 27 and will go through Midnight on July 31.

Use the code “SUPERSUMMER2016″ when registering for any of the below races:

Why I love this sport so much!

If you have ever wondered why I love my triathlon crew so much, or why I (and many others) think that triathlons and triathletes are the best people in the world, let me share just a few things that occurred over the weekend to confirm that proclamation.  We will visit a few different sites, all over North America in the next few minutes, so – hold on….

In Calgary, AL (Canada, eh) – in the IM 70.3 Alberta, two female Pro’s turned a race of over 70 miles into a sprint of 50 yards at the finish.  Ohio triathlete and great lady Jennifer Speildenner Whitacre won that  epic battle with Rachel McBride, and after the race they hugged, and spent the next few hours laughing and congratulating EACH OTHER on a fantastic effort, and praising the others ability, and continuing that attitude on social media.  Can you think of another sport where two professional athletes would exhibit that level of sportsmanship and humanity to each other?  Maybe, but there aren’t many, and there should be.  Congratulations to Rachel McBride and Jen Speildenner Whitacre for showing the world how true professionals act, publicly and privately.

In Birmingham AL (Y’all) a group of people were watching internet results intently as first time triathlete Dennis Gossard completed his first race after retiring from a 32 year career in the Army.  All reports say that he had fun, and is now officially hooked on the tri-ddiction.  Congrats Dennis, and welcome to the tri-family.

In Springfield, OH (where we drink “pop”) – The Great Buckeye Challenge saw a record field of folks turn out to compete in Mini, Sprint, Olympic, and Half distance races in what turned out to be record weather conditions.  A high pressure system has been hanging over the Midwest all week, and Sunday it decided to turn up the heat.  Record high temps, a blazing sun, and stifling air made a challenging race even more difficult, to the point that the Medical and Safety teams made the decision to reduce the final 13.1 mile run portion to a 10K for the safety of the racers.  Thanks to race management (HFP Racing) and the Safety and Medical teams for putting racer safety over everything.  Racers rule.

The Great Buckeye Challenge had other memorable moments for many racers.  More than a dozen racers did the GBC as an “Anniversary Race” since they did the GBC as their first race anywhere from 1, 5, 10, even 15 years ago.  Deanna Kiesel of Findlay, OH used it to record her 1005th race (Yes, one thousand and five) race, and Gary Rhoades of State College PA recorded his 800th finish.  Wow.  We will talk about each of these great people in detail later…

Finally, somewhere between the “we love our volunteers” and “tri-people rock” columns, a story from a racer at the GBC shows the character of both tri racers, and tri volunteers.  A half-distance racer finished and went straight to race management to sing the praises of the volunteers.

As the athlete slogged through his final run, his new shoes and lack of socks put blisters that turned to open, bleeding wounds on his feet, to the point that he removed his shoes to run in bare feet on the 115 degree pavement.  To say he was in pain was an understatement.  At an aid station, a volunteer we’ll call “Tammi” (cause that’s her name) saw his predicament, and literally gave him the socks from her feet!  She removed her own socks, helped him sit down, and proceeded to get him situated to finish the race in HER socks.  She saved his race, and he knew it.  He did finish the race, and when he finished, he made sure everyone knew how much he appreciated the volunteers.  (Yes, he kept the socks, and we replaced Tammi’s).

We all know that our volunteers make the race possible, as they get up before we do, they work while we play, and they continue to work after we go home.  Thanks again to Tammi and to everyone who has ever volunteered at a race.  We don’t always show our appreciation, but we do appreciate you greatly.

Until next time, we’ll see you at the finish line!
Rich-At-HFP-Race

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rich Fowler
The Official Voice of HFP Racing

 

A celebrated participant at the Great Buckeye Challenge

Gossard2-PhotoAs some of you know, I have a bit of a soft spot in my heart for our HFP Racers with a military background. Team RWB and active duty military get shout outs at every race, and they add a lot to our experience as well. We love having them race with us. With that in mind, we will have a special guest with us at the Great Buckeye Challenge on Saturday July 24 in Springfield. But that starts us too far forward – let’s back up a bit. About 35 years ago I had a friend who I also called “brother”, who was my inward and outward opposite. He was a skinny, calm little guy – I’ve never been accused of that; he was rather quiet and reserved, while I – well, you know me. We were flip sides of the same coin, and it worked. After HS I went off to college, and he said he was going to give the military a try. Fast forward 32 years, and he will be joining us at The Great Buckeye Challenge – but he isn’t the same skinny little kid I used to know.

Army Master Sergeant Dennis Gossard retired last week after 32 years of serving our country, just a week prior to The Great Buckeye Challenge, and he has chosen his first “civilian” activity to be the GBC – and to race with us!! We are honored to have him with us. Dennis is a lifelong Ohio resident (when he hasn’t been out working for Uncle Sam), and has always been a Buckeye. Before all else though, Dennis is a lifelong soldier.

His resume includes the 82 nd Airborne Division, the 108 th Divisional HQ, and Special Gossard1-PhotoOperations Command. Dennis has served as and supported operators and operations at forward bases all over the world, and has had sand in places we civilians never, ever want to consider finding sand.

We are thrilled that Master Sergeant Gossard has chosen to compete in his first triathlon with us at The Great Buckeye Challenge, and I am even happier that we can congratulate and honor my little brother Denny for his 3 decades of service to our country. Denny will be conspicuous in transition (I will see to that), and he will also do us the honor of posting colors for the pre-race National Anthem. If you can find the time in your race prep, please take a moment to step over and congratulate him on his retirement, and welcome Denny to the HFP family. It’s nice to finally have him home!

Bringing it from the mic!
Rich-At-HFP-Race

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rich Fowler
The Official Voice of HFP Racing

Great Buckeye Challenge – IT’S RACE WEEK!

logo_gbcThe Great Buckeye Challenge — located at the beautiful Buck Creek State Park in Springfield, Ohio features a distance for everyone. The Great Buckeye Challenge features an exciting 2-lap 56 mile course for the Half Triathlon & Duathlon. Whether you want to go short or long, triathlon or duathlon, The Great Buckeye Challenge has the event for you. The event includes a mini, sprint, Olympic and half distance triathlon & duathlon. ALL FINISHERS will receive a HUGE custom made Great Buckeye Challenge FINISHER medal.

Online registration closes Friday, July 22nd at Midnight.

EVENT SCHEDULE

Saturday, July 23 — HFP Course Talk and Preview

  • (2:00–3:00pm) for all weekend courses and races

Sunday, July 24 — Great Buckeye Challenge

  • Mini: 250y Swim (2mi Run) — 10mi Bike — 2mi Run
  • Sprint: 750m Swim (5k Run) — 14mi Bike — 5k Run
  • Olympic: 1500m Swim (5k Run) — 25mi Bike — 10k Run
  • Half: 1.2mi Swim (5k Run) — 56mi Bike — 13.1mi Run

START TIMES

Sunday

  • 6:00–7:30am — Transition area open
  • 7:30am — Women’s Mini Triathlon
  • 7:40am — Men’s Mini Triathlon
  • 7:50am — All Duathletes (Mini, Sprint, Olympic, Half)
  • 7:50am — Sprint Triathlon Waves
  • 8:00am — Olympic Triathlon Waves
  • 8:15am — Half Triathlon Waves

RACE PACKET PICK-UP

Buck Creek State Park Beach Area

  • Saturday, July 23 from 12:00pm–5:00pm
  • Sunday, July 24 from 6:00am–7:30am

There is NO RACE DAY REGISTRATION — packet pickup ONLY!

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DIVISIONS

USA Triathlon Rule 3.2a. All age group athletes must participate and compete in the age group division corresponding to the athlete’s age on December 31 of the year of the event.

  • Age Group — 14 & under, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75+
  • Elite Open* — Amateur 15-39 years old, has chance to finish in top 10 overall
  • Elite Master* — Amateur 40-49 years old, has chance to finish in top 10 overall
  • Elite Grand Master* — Amateur 50+ years old, has chance to finish in top 10 overall
  • Clydesdale — Males racing weight groups in two age groups:
    • under 40 & 220+lbs
    • over 40 & 220+lbs
  • Athena — Females racing weights group, not age group — 150lbs+
  • Aquabike — racing only the swim and bike portions only (no running)

*The elite divisions are only for the sprint, Olympic & half distance triathlon or duathlon participants. Those competing in these divisions are not eligible for age group awards.

RELAYS

For those who prefer to race one element of the triathlon or duathlon we offer a relay division for our sprint, Olympic & half distance triathlons and duathlons. Relay teams consist of three (3) members (1 swimmer, 1 biker, 1 runner), each member will complete one segment of the race (2 members for duathlon teams). Each team member will exchange their timing chip bracelet at their assigned bike rack. There are NO age groups in this division.

AWARDS

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

Half Distance Bike Aid Stations
Bike bottles with GATORADE ENDURANCE Formula and Water will be available at two (2) aid stations. See Bike Course for exact locations. Additionally, there will be BOOM Energy Gel, cookies, pretzels and bananas available.

Run Course Aid Stations (All distances)
GATORADE ENDURANCE Formula and Water will be available at aid stations approx every mile. See Run Course for exact locations. Additionally, there will be BOOM Energy Gel, cookies, pretzels and bananas available.

OTHER IMPORTANT LINKS:

GOOD LUCK AND SEE YOU THIS WEEKEND.

Sincerely,

Shannon Kurek, Race Director
HFP Racing
aka HFP Man
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