New Albany COP Ride – Thursday, May 30 – 2013

Hello riders –

THIS WEEKS RIDE DETAILS

Thursday, May 30 (we’re going to ride the May 23rd route) will be the 7th ride of the New Albany COP Thursday ride season @ 6:00pm. The storm last week forced us to change the route,

Great pics and a great write up from last week’s ride are here on Mark Wilson’s blog (thanks Mark). If you have not checked out Mark’s blog I encourage you to do so. He’s a very witty writer that brings a great narrative to every ride. Mark is even humorous when he has an epic bail and went home to ride the couch 😉

Printable Map:
New Albany COP May 23 – 2013

Map my Ride GPS link(s):
A Group
B Group
C Group

More about this ride:
New Albany COP Thursday Ride
6:00pm Ride Start at New Albany Elementary (87 N High St, New Albany, OH)
Here is a link to the start/finish location.

A, B and C groups. A = 22mph+, B = 18-21mph, C = 17mph & under
Distance:
A Group – 35 to 50 miles
B Group – 30 to 45 miles
C Group – 15 to 25 miles

Rolling to sometimes hilly terrain in and around Licking County.
Longer rides head toward Granville and do feature some significant hills. Color maps provided.

Questions:
Contact Shannon Kurek at Shannon.Kurek@hfpracing.com.

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My first American Triple-T

As of Monday, Shannon and his crew put the 12th iteration of the American Triple T in the books. Many words come to mind reliving the weekend:  the first of which being tired, followed closely by awesome, amazing, awe-inspiring, and more.  Nearly 500 participants traveled more than 140 miles on calories, adrenaline, and determination over the three-day weekend. We could spend the rest of this little blogspot talking about the coolness of the event, the unique format, and all of those traditionally triathlon the kinds of things.  We won’t. What amazed me at Triple T were the incredible stories of compassion, humanity, friendship, patriotism, and determination. We’ll focus on those for a while.   I’ll also warn you:  there are probably several dozen fantastic stories of fantastic people who completed or tried to complete the American Triple T.  While I won’t pretend that I talked to everyone, or that I was able to get everybody’s story; I was lucky enough to have some great conversations and to learn about some of these fantastic people.

Glancing  through the pictures of all the excitement at the American Triple T, there will be several things that stand out to you. You’ll see Carolyn Stellatella (Un-officially declared the “Hottest Chick from NJ” at TTT) in her trademark and self-described “3T22”.  That is a “Triple-T TuTu“, she had a different one for every race, culminating in a sparkly, shiny, red, white, and blue number for the completion of the Little Smokies ½ Iron.  She was fun to see coming down the finish chute, and she always wore a smile.  She may have even softened my hard shell toward Jersey-ites just a little, too; as she was just awesome to be around.  Thanks Carolyn!

Another wonderful lady that will stand out in the pictures is racer number 412, Elizabeth Bart of Wisconsin.  You’ll know her not by her bib number or body marking, but by the United States Army hat (AKA – “cover”) that she wore on every run segment.  She wore that hat as a sign of respect and admiration for someone near and dear to her who is deployed in AFG in service to our country.  Lieut. Col. Larry Peterson gave her his cover, and she proudly wore it for all to see, telling everyone that she thinks of the Lt. Col. while she trains, and that he and the rest of our US Armed Forces are her motivation to continue to train.  “If they can train and deploy and serve that hard for us” she explained, “and I can train in race that hard for them.”  I think the Lieut. Col. will be happy to know that she represented him in his cover very well; but Elizabeth thinks it’s more important that he knows the reaction she got while wearing his cover.  “So many people told me thank you, and told me to tell him ‘thank you for your service’, it’s really great to know that so many people care.”  Well Elizabeth let me add one more here, and let me say from all of us at HFP Racing: thank you for honoring our servicemen and women with one small deed that means and matters so much.  As you may have noticed from our Team HFP Racing gear, as well as the more than two dozen American flags flying at the venue; it matters to us too.  Several of our staff and former staff are either currently serving active-duty, or reserve duty rolls.  Yes, it matters to us.  Please tell the Lieut. Col. when his deployment ends and he’s back home training safely on US soil, we would love him to be our guest at the HFP Racing event of his choice.  (Wearing his OWN cover this time!).

You may also notice pictures of people signing a T-shirt.  That T-shirt has some significance as well; it was intended to be the finishers T-shirt for racer who signed up long ago, but who has been deployed since.  His buddy and teammate was able to travel to Triple T and race with us, but he took his Finishers T-shirt and passed it around the weekend asking racers to sign it for the 1st Sergeant and send it to him, just to let him know he was missed here as well.  If you didn’t get to sign that T-shirt but would still like to do so “virtually”, drop us a note at customerservice@HFPracing.com and we’ll pass along your well wishes to the 1st Sgt.

This was also being planned as a “welcome home” race for my adopted little brother 1st Sergeant Dennis Gossard, who has yet to be able to participate in an HFP Racing event due to his multiple deployments with the US Army.  He and his Company do “shadow runs” of the various marathon schedule in the US, but they couldn’t shadow the TTT without anywhere to swim!  I can’t say that it didn’t sting just a little getting the T-shirt signed for another 1st Sgt knowing he wanted to be with us here.  Just keep your butt moving and your head down, and we’ll see you in a few “wake ups and a plane ride”.

So for all of our racers who are Vets, Active, or Reserve, and for all who love them – THANK YOU from all of us.

See you on race day!

Rich Fowler, Race Announcer
HFP Racing
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New Albany COP Ride – Thursday, May 23 – 2013

Hello riders –

THIS WEEKS RIDE DETAILS

Thursday, May 23 will be the 6th ride of the New Albany COP Thursday ride season @ 6:00pm.

Great pics and a great write up from last week’s ride are here on Mark Wilson’s blog (thanks Mark). If you have not checked out Mark’s blog I encourage you to do so. He’s a very witty writer that brings a great narrative to every ride.

Printable Map:
New Albany COP May 23 – 2013

Map my Ride GPS link(s):
A Group
B Group
C Group

More about this ride:
New Albany COP Thursday Ride
6:00pm Ride Start at New Albany Elementary (87 N High St, New Albany, OH)
Here is a link to the start/finish location.

A, B and C groups. A = 22mph+, B = 18-21mph, C = 17mph & under
Distance:
A Group – 35 to 50 miles
B Group – 30 to 45 miles
C Group – 15 to 25 miles

Rolling to sometimes hilly terrain in and around Licking County.
Longer rides head toward Granville and do feature some significant hills. Color maps provided.

Questions:
Contact Shannon Kurek at Shannon.Kurek@hfpracing.com.

New Albany COP Ride – Thursday, May 16 – 2013

Hello riders –

THIS WEEKS RIDE DETAILS

Thursday, May 16 will be the 5th ride of the New Albany COP Thursday ride season @ 6:00pm.

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Great pics and a great write up from last week’s ride are here on Mark Wilson’s blog (thanks Mark). If you have not checked out Mark’s blog I encourage you to do so. He’s a very witty writer that brings a great narrative to every ride.

Printable Map:
New Albany COP May 16 – 2013

Map my Ride GPS link(s):
A Group
B Group
C Group

More about this ride:
New Albany COP Thursday Ride
6:00pm Ride Start at New Albany Elementary (87 N High St, New Albany, OH)
Here is a link to the start/finish location.

A, B and C groups. A = 22mph+, B = 18-21mph, C = 17mph & under
Distance:
A Group – 35 to 50 miles
B Group – 30 to 45 miles
C Group – 15 to 25 miles

Rolling to sometimes hilly terrain in and around Licking County.
Longer rides head toward Granville and do feature some significant hills. Color maps provided.

Questions:
Contact Shannon Kurek at Shannon.Kurek@hfpracing.com.

HFP Racing May News

Shannon_with_puppiesIt’s already May and this week is American Triple-T & Little Smokies Triathlon week…which means a totally crazy week for the Kurek family and our staff at HFP Racing. Along with getting ready for the American Triple-T we’re also concluding our term as foster parents for 9 lab mix puppies.  All will have new happy homes before we leave for Shawnee State Park on Thursday. With a sold out field of 500 participants from over 30 states the 2013 American Triple-T will be one epic race and the weather looks to be cooperating nicely.  If you missed out on the 2013 race… mark your calendar for the May 20th at Noon EST when the 2014 American Triple-T registration officially opens.  This will also be when you can attempt to secure one of the coveted Shawnee Lodge rooms or cabins during the registration process.  We fully expect the room block to be sold out within the first 24 hours.  Go to www.AmericanTriple-T.com for more registration information.

Go-Fast-logoHFP Racing is excited to announce a new long term partnership with Go Fast Multisport of Lebanon, Ohio as the official multisport shop of HFP Racing.   Bob Duncan’s Go Fast Multisport has signed on as the presenting sponsor of the FIT Family Series through 2015 and is excited about being part of this historical series. Look for Go Fast Multisport at all the HFP Racing events in 2013 including the upcoming American Triple-T, the Great Buckeye Challenge and the Deer Creek Fall Challenge.

Go Fast Multisport ChaseThe September series championship at Portage Lakes State Park will be referred to as the Go Fast Multisport Championship and the season long points series will be re-named the Go Fast Multisport Chase to the Championship.

Fit Family Series_Go FastAbout the FIT Family Series: Welcome to one of America’s longest running multisport series — the 22nd Annual FIT Family Series presented by Go Fast Multisport. Throughout the summer, the FIT Family Series visits six beautiful venues. Each venue features a Kidz Triathlon & Duathlon on Saturday followed by a Women’s Only Triathlon, 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!

Deer Creek_FITRACE #1 (June 1-2) – Deer Creek State Park: [GET REGISTERED] Located in the heart of Ohio’s agricultural country, Deer Creek State Park is one of central Ohio’s vacation showplaces. A collage of meadows and woodlands surround the scenic reservoir. This 2,337-acre resort park features a modern lodge, cottages, campground, golf course, swimming beach and boating for outdoor enthusiasts.

This venue offers courses that are mostly flat and fast with some rolling hills on the bike. Triathletes will be swimming along the beach in Deer Creek Lake. Duathlete’s opening run is out and back featuring a run across the Deer Creek dam levy. So, don’t forget your cross country legs. The bike courses are on mostly local country roads. The races finish with an out and back run that crosses the Deer Creek dam levy and heads onto a local country road. The run course is almost completely flat but does require extra effort when crossing the grass-covered levy. This race is a perfect “first race of the season” to get you ready for an exciting season of racing.

Maumee BayRace #2 (June 15-16) – Maumee Bay State Park: [GET REGISTERED]

Maumee Bay State Park offers 1,336 acres of not only the finest of recreational facilities in the Midwest, but also a unique natural environment created by the convergence of the land and Lake Erie.

The lodge, cottages and golf course are nestled among the scenic meadows, wet woods and lush marshes teeming with wildlife. The balance of recreational facilities with the natural world gives visitors a diverse experience in a coastal environment.

The second stop on the FIT Family Series is the beautiful Maumee Bay State Park. This beautiful park comes equipped with a modern resort and golf course. Triathletes will be treated to a swim in a small man-made lake adjacent to Maumee Bay. Duathletes will open up with an out around the man-made lake that provides spectators excellent viewing of the entire race as it unfolds. The bike courses are loop courses on very flat country roads surrounding the park. The final runs are around the man-made lake giving participants spectacular views of Maumee Bay.

Be Triumphant on June 30!
Imagine a place where everyone fits in.  A place where no one sits on the sidelines.  A MPRFlogoplace where everyone experiences freedom.  Common Ground promises to be the first playground of its kind in the Cincinnati area that will meet the needs of children and adults with all mobility, sensory, sight, hearing and social challenges.  The playground will serve as an inspiration to all who visit Warren County, “Ohio’s Largest Playground”.  Join the Mason Parks & Recreation Foundation in buildingCommon Ground in Mason by participating in the Mason TRI-Umphant Triathlon on Sunday, June 30.
TRI-SmallLogoAs Mason’s only outdoor triathlon, the city rolls out the red carpet for its athletes.  The event starts with a swim in the Lou Eves Municipal Pool, continues with a bike ride through the streets of Warren County and finishes with a run throughout the beautifully manicured paths of Pine Hill Lakes Park.  The unique race format features women’s only, men’s only and kids’ races, allowing the whole family to participate as well as cheer each other on.  In addition, you can choose from a duathlon, triathlon or team format or run in the 5K.  Start times are 7:30am for the women, 9:00am for the men, 11:00am for kids 11-14, 11:30am for kids 10 & under and 8:00am for the 5K. Whether you are new to the sport or a multisport veteran, the Mason TRI-Umphant Triathlon is a great way to get your feet wet for a great cause. [GET REGISTERED]
Run Bike Swim LoveFinal_REVAre you a beginner triathlete looking for direction and guidance in a non-intimidating environment? Look no further than Kim Clark’s “Triathlon training for the beginner triathlete“. Kim offers clinics, online coaching and personal training geared towards the beginner triathlete… literally wanting to get their feet wet for the first time.
Upcoming clinics:
Tuesday, May 21 – Dublin, Ohio
Saturday, June 1 – Naverre, Ohio
Kim is also helping with the Granville Bike Swap benefitting Pelotonia this Saturday, May 18th in Granville, Ohio.
This just in from Elyse Jarard from Venus for Her; We are planning a Ladies Only Triathlon Training REGISTRATION IS STILL OPEN!  We’ve just started up for our best summer yet and we want YOU to be a part of it!   Our program specializes in beginner and intermediate triathlon training for women in the Cincinnati area.  We are also offering KIDS Triathlon Training specifically to get ready for the Family Fit Series and other kids events in our area. read more…
Are you a coach or someone putting together a clinic or other training event? We’d love to know about so we can help you promote it and help you grow the sport one person at a time. Send any details to Shannon at shannon.kurek@hfpracing.com.

New Albany COP Ride – Thursday, May 9 – 2013

Hello riders –

THIS WEEKS RIDE DETAILS

Thursday, May 9 will be the 4th ride of the New Albany COP Thursday ride season @ 6:00pm.

COP_NA_groupGreat pics and a great write up from last week’s ride are here on Mark Wilson’s blog (thanks Mark). If you have not checked out Mark’s blog I encourage you to do so. He’s a very witty writer that brings a great narrative to every ride.

Printable Map:
New Albany COP May 9 – 2013

Map my Ride GPS link(s):
A Group
B Group
C Group

More about this ride:
New Albany COP Thursday Ride
6:00pm Ride Start at New Albany Elementary (87 N High St, New Albany, OH)
Here is a link to the start/finish location.

A, B and C groups. A = 22mph+, B = 18-21mph, C = 17mph & under
Distance:
A Group – 35 to 50 miles
B Group – 30 to 45 miles
C Group – 15 to 25 miles

Rolling to sometimes hilly terrain in and around Licking County.
Longer rides head toward Granville and do feature some significant hills. Color maps provided.

Questions:
Contact Shannon Kurek at Shannon.Kurek@hfpracing.com.