HFP Racing Update

We can weather this storm – TOGETHER! We know that there are a lot of uncertainties not just with racing, but ‘normal’ everyday routines. The COVID-19 pandemic is affecting everyone in similar and in different ways. We hope & pray that your family is staying safe & healthy through all of this.  That you are able to find gratitude each day, even when it is difficult.

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HFP Racing 2020 Season Suspended Until Further Notice

Granville, OH – We regret to inform you that the HFP Racing 2020 triathlon and duathlon race season has been suspended until further notice due to circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 Virus Global Pandemic. These circumstances around the World, Nation and the State of Ohio have made this a very difficult decision. However, Jennifer and I believe this decision is the right thing to do considering all the information available to us at this time from state officials and medical professionals that we have consulted with over the last 48 hours.

The following events that have been suspended (or rescheduled to 2021) until further notice:

April 25, 2020 – OhioHealth Race for a Reason
(rescheduled to April 24, 2021)
May 29-31, 2020 – American Triple-T*
(rescheduled to May 21-23, 2021)
May 31, 2020 – ToughMan Ohio*
(rescheduled to May 23, 2021)
June 6-7, 2020 – FIT Family Series @ Deer Creek
(suspended until further notice**)
June 20-21, 2020 – FIT Family Series @ Maumee Bay
(suspended until further notice**)
June 27, 2020 – New Albany Kids Triathlon and Duathlon
(suspended until further notice**)
July 11-12, 2020 – FIT Family Series @ Caesar Creek
(suspended until further notice**)
July 26, 2020 – Mason Tri-umphant Triathlon and Duathlon
(suspended until further notice**)
August 1-2, 2020 – FIT Family Series @ Alum Creek
(suspended until further notice**)
August 15-16, 2020 – FIT Family Series @ Vermilion Harbour
(suspended until further notice**)
September 5, 2020 – Tri the Heights Youth Triathlon
(suspended until further notice**)
September 12-13, 2020 – FIT Family Series @ Portage Lakes
(suspended until further notice**)
September 27, 2020 – Deer Creek Fall Challenge
(suspended until further notice**)

*Anyone that has booked lodging for the American Triple-T or Toughman Ohio events must contact the Salt Fork Lodge and Conference Center to have your booking rolled over to the 2021 date. Call 740-435-9000 to change your arrival date to 2021.

**Should the State of Ohio mandate change, we will take appropriate action and notify our multisport community immediately of any further adjustments.  If the State of Ohio mandate is lifted and our permits are reissued within an appropriate amount of time before the race date that will allow us to produce the event at the high standards set by HFP Racing, we will re-open race registration and the event will go on as planned for 2020. If the mandate is not lifted within an appropriate amount of time of the race date that will allow us to produce the event at the high standards set by HFP Racing, then the event will be rescheduled until the 2021 season and anyone previously registered will receive a code to transfer 75% of their race entry to the 2021 event date.

No Cash Refunds, No Exceptions – The HFP Racing current refund policy states we only offer 50% event entry transfers to another event in the same calendar year. However, due to the COVID-19 Virus Global Pandemic the policy has been updated to a 75% transfer to a 2021 event.

Why can’t we offer 100% entry fee transfers? We have already put in countless hours of planning, operational logistics and thousands of dollars have gone into the events on our 2020 schedule. All race t-shirts, finisher medals, finisher jackets, awards and swim caps for the entire 2020 season are in various degrees of production by our vendors. Nearly 90% of these orders are completed and many are already in transit.

The choice of suspending the races and closing registration rather than keeping registration open and hoping for the best is based on the following reasons:

  • This is a GLOBAL PANDEMIC – No one knows for sure what the future holds. It’s time to think about your family and friends. As of mid-March, the CDC is estimating the peak of the CoVid-19 pandemic to peak in early to mid-May. However, this estimate is based on numbers that change daily during every press conference and realistically it will last much longer.
  • Moving race dates to later in the season does not respect the dates of other hard working race directors in the state that are being forced to make tough decisions with their events and it certainly does not offer any guarantee that the event will take place on the later date.
  • Race Director Responsibility – Continuing to take race registrations during COVID-19 Virus Global Pandemic for events in the future that we don’t have 100% certainty that the event will take place is not responsible. It only further complicates things if the event ultimately is rescheduled to 2021.
  • Government Compliance – Mass gatherings of 10 or more people in the State of Ohio are currently prohibited and this mandate is likely to be extended.
  • This is for the health and safety of our participants and your families, race staff and safety personnel, volunteers

​This announcement is an emotional one for us and the suspension of the 2020 season will be devastating for our family financially.  Our hope and prayers are that the mandate on gatherings gives our nation a time to heal and draw closer to our immediate family.

Non Event Services Available – If you own a company or work for a company that may need the following services please contact us directly. Thanks for your consideration.
-Barricade Rentals
-Traffic Cone Rentals
-A frame and L Pole sign rentals
-Trucks and trailers that can be used to move heavy equipment or supplies

Sincerely,

Shannon and Jennifer Kurek
Co-Founders  – HFP Racing
Questions? Please email us at customerservice@hfpracing.com

 

2020 Arizona Triathlon Camp Highlights from Coach Shannon

Oro Valley, AZ – After 15 years of coaching HFP’s annual training camp in Helen, GA I decided to head to warmer climates in Oro Valley, AZ in 2019. To better get to know the area and local training facilities I hand selected veterans of our camp to do the first year recon. The consensus from the 2019 camp was overwhelmingly positive to make the move to Oro Valley, AZ permanent. For 2020, we opened up the field to include more athletes and provided on course mobile support during all bike rides, giving campers the opportunity to stockpile nutrition and apparel needs. This became an important upgrade to the camp as athletes from A to C group riders were able to be fully supported on rides that took some more than 5 hours to complete. A huge thanks to Infinit Nutrition for their awesome support of the camp keeping us fueled (Infinit Nutrition GO FAR) and alert (Infinit Nutrition COLD BREW) the entire week.

I sincerely appreciate the continued support of this camp and have personally created long standing friendships through this annual camp that will last a lifetime. If you want a true epic test and a week to push you past your limits than mark your calendar for February 28 – March 7, 2021.

I look forward to pushing you to another level.

Coach Shannon Kurek

2020 Daily Camp Blog
Monday, March 2 (featuring a 9 mile Sabino Canyon run)
Tuesday, March 3 (featuring Dove Mountain 60 mile ride)
Wednesday, March 4 (featuring the Assault of Mt. Lemmon ride)
Thursday, March 5 (featuring the Gates Pass 62 mile ride)
Friday, March 6 (featuring the Kitt Peak Mountain 58 mile ride)
Saturday, March 7 (featuring the El Tour Tucson 100 mile ride)
Sunday, March 8 (featuring a 9 mile run at the Catalina State Park)

Arizona Triathlon Camp – Day 7

Sunday, March 8 – Only a handful of campers remained on Sunday to take on the 9 mile run at Catalina State Park and the 40 mile ride through suburban Oro Valley. Many campers had early flights or other plans to end their week.
Klaus, Karen, Jaret, Curt and Coach Shannon get ready to head out on the final run at camp in Catalina State Park

Kurt Molter opted for a solo hike of Bear Canyon Falls in Sabino Canyon

Bear Canyon Falls

Beautiful Bear Canyon Falls

Justin Sanker opted for a relaxing afternoon watching the Reds play a spring ball game before flying out of Phoenix airport  

One mile to go for the run at Catalina State Park

Coach Shannon and Curt Haywood were the only two to complete the entire camp

Coach Shannon completely nuked after 7 days of intense training…now he can rest

 

Arizona Triathlon Camp – Day 6

Saturday, March 7 – Saturday is the camp century ride that features an awesome tour of Oro Valley, Tucson and Old Tucson. Campers gathered at 6:45am at the Oro Valley Aquatic Center to head out at 7:00am on the roads along the Catalina Foothills. The route was most of the roads used on the course for the El Tour Tucson (an annual 100 mile bike tour attended by over 10,000 participants every November). We added an awesome 6 mile section through the Saguaro National Park East.

A chilly start has riders bundled up but it quickly warmed up by rest stop #1

Our awesome support driver all week…Glen Bucy

Beautiful scenery in the Saguaro National Park East

More beautiful scenery in the Saguaro National Park East

Riders stop to take photos of this interesting bicycle warning sign in the park

And the winner is….Justin and Coach Shannon celebrate their ride in the national park with a unique trinket Glen picked up at a garage sale in between support stops

Coach Shannon and Nate Riggs head to the restroom at the Saguaro National Park

35 miles left and all on the super smooth (and flat) Julian Walsh Bike Way

Justin Sanker super happy to wrap up his 100+ mile adventure

It’s official (it’s not real until it’s on Instagram)…Justin Sanker completes the 100+ mile ride in fine form