Thank You, Thank You, Thank You…

FIT-FamilyI can’t wrap up another season without some huge thanks going out to the folks that make HFP Racing run so smooth, along with mentioning many other folks that make our job/lifestyle so much more enjoyable.  God has truly blessed us with an amazingly talented crew.

First off; the incredible HFP Racing staff & team that works so hard with so much passion each & every weekend.  The heart and soul of HFP’s race weekend customer service, registration and volunteers…my amazing wife Jennifer (aka super mom). Her attention to detail and ability to articulate race scenarios to the staff and volunteers is unrivaled. This is the lady that USAT Hall of Famer, Jim Curl, called the smartest woman he’s ever worked with during the relaunch of the U.S. Triathlon Series in 1996. I am blessed to have Jennifer as my wife and co-worker.

Staff-RaceYou can’t pull off 16 race weekends with each weekend hosting up to 8 events without a great operations team that can multi-task to the max!!  HFP operations team is one of the best with veterans like Sandy Donald, HFP’s official swim course starter (and occasional race announcer) and John Sachs, HFP’s run course coordinator (along with myself) are cool cucumbers when the heat is on & always wear their many hats with pride.

A great enhancement to our logistics team this year was Jason Sadler, HFP’s new bike course coordinator. Jason single handedly upgraded our bike courses with “OCD” attention to detail and course marking consistency.

ALL Photos 1094I can’t say enough about this next young man, Josh Dwire, who started the year off training HFP’s new timing coordinator.  Josh ended up taking on the position himself after it was obvious the new person was not going to make the grade. Josh took our timing to another level when he took over in late June with virtual live timing flowing wirelessly to our timing monitors and managing all this on some pretty “worn” timing equipment. What makes Josh so amazing is his personal story of dedication to HFP and his “other” full time job. Josh would get off at his night shift at a Tool & Die factory in Derry, PA on Friday morning each week and forgo sleep that day so he could drive to the event and adjust to the HFP work schedule. After a hard weekend of timing responsibilities he would again forgo sleep so he could make it back to the start of his work week in Derry, PA on Sunday at 11:00pm.  We’re working with Josh to hopefully get him to the Buckeye state for 2014 so he can sleep 7 nights like the rest of us 🙂

richfowlerAnd lastly, the official voice of HFP Racing…Rich Fowler. Rich is hands down the most attentive person with regards to reaching out to our racers and finding out “just a little bit more about them” and then announcing it to the world when they cross the finish line. A lot of race announcers want the attention to be on them and for them to be the focal point in the race. Rich is the exact opposite and takes great pride in making YOU the focal point at the finish line.  Traveling from his home in Findlay, Ohio to join us nearly every weekend, Rich usually arrives at the 11th hour after getting very little sleep as his priorities are his kids and their long list of activities. But Rich will be the first to tell you that HFP is also part of his extended family and he values you all very much. Read more about Rich’s story here.

There are so many more of you, like Staicey Scholtz or Karen Mueller and her family, the Washburn family, the Phillips family, Dublin Boy Scout Troop 185 and many more that play equally important roles in making HFP Racing run smooth throughout the season….too many to properly acknowledge in this blog post. Please know that we thank you and appreciate you very much.

ALL Photos 1146Someone “really” famous once said “It takes a village”…well I always thought it should be “It takes a team”. Since the inception of our company, HFP Racing has sponsored a team. These are the guys and gals that are amazing stewards of the sport and are a joy to see toeing the starting line each weekend.  Founding members, Curt Haywood and Mark Lemmon, not only provide the Team with class but are incredible personalities along with being my dear friends. These are guys that are great sounding boards when HFP is pursuing a new event or looking at new ideas.Todd-Ross-Shannon

Longtime teammates, Todd Ricketts and Ross Hartley, are a real inspiration to see how far they have come in their life and sporting careers (and how FAST they both are). I had the good fortune to travel with them to Milwaukee this year for USAT Triathlon National Championships…one of the best trips of my life. Over-40-club

Then there are the likes of Randy Lehrer, Brian Barker, Don Cain, John Menzies, Roy Youngman, Fred Strong, Michael Boone, Michael Willetts, Ed Wheeler, Jimmy Little and Ray Schoomer (just to mention a few…there are many more) who are true gentlemen and statesman for the sport of multisport. Along with these gentlemen are some amazing ladies like Deb Wheeler, Holly Fiora, Georgetta Schoomer (battled breast cancer this year and became a SURVIVOR!!), Cheryl Chaney & Deanna Kiesel that represent HFP with pride and class at every race.

A great crop of new teammates brought in some much needed new blood to the team in 2013. Guys like Craig Richardson, Neil Erst, Casey Kist, Paul Gigliotti, Dr. Thomas Carter added some great personality to the team. Thank you all for being part of Team HFP!

DeerCreeksmallThe HFP Racing season closed with a record turnout of nearly 700 participants at the September 29 Deer Creek Fall Challenge. It was quite obvious that there was a feeling of gratitude in the air for getting one more chance to race before the 2013 season ended. It was magnified by the near perfect weather conditions on race day which lead to many personal PR’s and course records in almost every race distance. With the mini distance featured for the first time at the Deer Creek Fall Challenge, standards were set by Andrew Puckett (44:15) and Jackie Pfeiffer (4(03) in the triathlon and Matt Miller (1:00:32) and Haven Lochow (1:07:36) in the duathlon. Haven is just 13 years old and a daughter of our long time athletes, Steve and Amy Lochow!

In the sprint race, course records fell with Ross Hartley (1:01:35) and Kat Briggs (1:12:34) winning the triathlon. In the sprint duathlon, Evan Bayles (1:11:48) bested the 2012 mark by just 5 seconds.

Fort Wayne’s, Zach Ruble set a new mark in the Olympic Triathlon of 2:02:26 and veteran Robyn Willams (2:23:25) set a new mark for the ladies.  In the Olympic Duathlon, Nick Baker used the days best run splits to set a course record of 2:10:44.

In the half iron triathlon, US Pro Tri member, Jim LaMastra put on a clinic and destroyed the course record by nearly 20 minutes in 4:08:53 to wrap up the weekend of course records.

In closing; in 2013 HFP Racing did a major overhaul of our company brand and company structure. We made every effort to address or upgrade the commitments we made to you back in January.  Some of those being:

  • A gold standard in customer service (check!)
  • Celebration experience throughout the race (check!)
  • Awesome post race atmosphere (check!)
  • Finisher medals at ALL races for ALL participants (check!)
  • Top notch staffing (specifically for timing, customer service and race day operations) (check!)
  • The best race results presentation online and at the event, along with making results more interactive on the website. (check!)
  • Better bike racks.(check!)

AND look forward to even more enhancements in 2014!

We hope and pray for everyone to have a great off-season and look forward to an even more exciting 2014 race season!

Sincerely,

Shannon Kurek, Founder HFP Racing
aka HFP Man
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FINAl New Albany COP Ride – Thursday, September 26 – 2013

Hello riders –

THIS WEEKS RIDE DETAILS

Thursday, September 26 will be the 23rd and FINAL ride of the New Albany COP Thursday ride season @ 6:00pm.

Your ride leader is Mark Wilson as I’ll be out of town. Mark’s great blog is here with a report from last week. 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.

SEE YOU NEXT SPRING!

New Albany COP September 26 – 2013

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.

Fall 10-Week Session of “Don’t Sweat the Swim” begins October 1!

Just a reminder that the Fall 10-Week Session of “Don’t Sweat the Swim” begins October 1! It’s a great avenue by which to work on your off season sport ORRRR, to train for the Swim Distance Challenge that will be held December 15!
The Swim Distance Challenge is a fun way to do a lonnnnggg, swim and to see how far you’ve come over the 10 week period. 

The fall session takes place Oct 1-December 13. We will meet at 5:45 am-715 am twice a week for 90 minutes each session. The practices will have a strong emphasis on technique with the added component of conditioning. There are 2 basic levels, advanced who meet T and TH and novice who meet Wed/Fri.

You can go to SWINWITHTRACY.COM to see which group fits your ability. If there are any questions or concerns please feel free to call!

Deer Creek Fall Challenge – Ohio’s final multisport event of 2013

THIS IS IT!!!! The last chance to race in Ohio for…
195
DAYS
4680
HOURS
280800
MINUTES
16848000
SECONDS

Thar’s how long you’ll have to wait until HFP’s next event on Saturday, April 12 2014 at Miami University…that’s a looong time to wait.  You better get out for one last hit before you break out the Snuggie for the off-season.

What are you waiting for? Perfect weather? Sunday forecast is for a low of 58 degrees and a high of 76!! You can’t get much better than that for late September.  Water temperature is still in the low 70’s and will feel real warm on race morning.
[GET REGISTERED NOW]

The Deer Creek Fall Challenge has it all…Mini, Sprint, Olympic & Half Iron distance races (triathlon & duathlon) AND a super awesome finisher medal for ALL finishers in ALL distances. Something for everyone.  We even start later to accommodate you late arrivals and procrastinators. We even keep registration open extra long for those making last minute decisions to race. You have until Friday, September 27th at Midnight to get officially registered. [GET REGISTERED NOW]

DeerCreeksmallParticipants, family, and friends will enjoy the spectator-friendly bike and run courses that are built for serious speed. Don’t miss the last official multisport event of the year on September 29, 2013 — the Deer Creek Fall Challenge. A distance for all ability levels; whether you’re getting ready for a fall half Ironman distance race or looking for a great course for your first triathlon, is the race for you. Deer Creek State Park is located just 20 miles southwest of Columbus off I-71 at the Mount Sterling exit.

Join us in the last weekend of September at the Deer Creek Fall Challenge! End your racing season on a high note at this outstanding athlete-friendly event.
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EVENT SCHEDULE

Sunday, September 29 — Deer Creek Fall Challenge

  • 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
  • Half: 1.2mi Swim (5k Run) — 56mi Bike — 13.1mi Run

START TIMES

The transition area CLOSES at 8:30am.
NEW SWIM COURSE MAP – DCFC-swim-course
Sunday, September 29

8:30am — All Women in Mini Triathlon (two at a time)
8:30am — All Women in Mini Triathlon (two at a time)
8:40am — All Men in Mini Triathlon (two at a time)
8:50am — All Duathletes (Mini, Sprint, Olympic, Half)
8:50am — START of Sprint Triathlon Waves
8:50am — Sprint Tri Men 39 & under, all elite Men
8:52am — Sprint Tri Men 40-49
8:54am — All Sprint Triathlon Women
8:56am — Sprint Tri Men 50+, Clydesdale, and relay teams
9:00am — START of Olympic Triathlon Waves
9:00am — Olym Tri Men 39 & under, all elite Men
9:02am — Olym Tri Men 40-49
9:04am — All Olympic Triathlon Women
9:06am — Olym Tri Men 50+, Clydesdale, and relay teams
9:15am — START of Half Triathlon Waves
9:15am — Half Tri Men 39 & under, all elite Men
9:17am — Half Tri Men 40-49
9:19am — All Half Triathlon Women
9:21am — Half Tri Men 50+, Clydesdale, and relay teams

RACE PACKET PICK-UP

Deer Creek State Park Beach Area

  • Saturday, September 28 from 12:00pm–5:00pm
  • Sunday, September 29 from 7:00am–8:30am

There is NO RACE DAY REGISTRATION — packet pickup ONLY!
[GET REGISTERED NOW]

Course Descriptions & Maps

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 across the Deer Creek dam levy. Duathletes will start off with a 2 mile run. [GET REGISTERED NOW]

COURSE MAPS: SWIM & RUN BIKE

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 across the Deer Creek dam levy, followed by a single loop 20k bike course through the countryside surrounding the park and finishing with an out & back 5k run that crosses the Deer Creek dam levy before returning for a grand finish at the park. [GET REGISTERED NOW]

COURSE MAPS: SWIM & RUN BIKE

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 across the Deer Creek dam levy, followed by a double loop 40k bike course through the countryside surrounding the park and finishing with an out & back 10k run that crosses the Deer Creek dam levy and onto Deer Creek Road to the turnaround before returning for a grand finish at the park. [GET REGISTERED NOW]

COURSE MAPS: SWIM & RUN BIKE

HALF TRIATHLON & DUATHLON

The half distance triathlon features a 1.2mi 2-lap counter clockwise rectangle swim along the beach, while the duathletes are running an out & back 5k across the Deer Creek dam levy, followed by a 3-lap 56mi bike course through the countryside surrounding the park and finishing with a double out & back 13.1mi run that crosses the Deer Creek dam levy and onto Deer Creek Road to the turnaround before returning for a finish at the park.
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COURSE MAPS: SWIM & RUN BIKE

AID STATIONS:
The half distance bike course will have water & Gatorade in bottles at the end of each 28 mile lap. This aid station is for the half distance only. Please plan accordingly if you’re racing in the shorter races.  Out on the run course all races will have water, Infinit Nutrition, Coke, bananas and granola bars at 3 aid station on this out and back run course.

Do I have to finish an event within a certain time frame?

Yes — all races have cut-off times for completing races. These cut-off times are in place for the benefit of volunteers and police. In all cases, these cut-off times are very lenient — allowing virtually everyone to finish our events. The following are cut-off times for the Deer Creek Fall Challenge events: Mini — 2hr, Sprint — 2hr 30min, Olympic — 4hr 30min, Half — 8hr 00min. (from the start of the last wave)
The bike course closes at 1:30pm. Everyone MUST be off the course at this time.  No one will be permitted to start a 3rd lap of the bike after 12:45pm.
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Wells Fargo Advisors Mountaineer Tri/Du FINAL Confirmation

WellsFargoMountaineerFINALnoMGDThis is your final communication from HFP Racing before we leave on Friday, September 20 for Morgantown, WV and the Wells Fargo Advisors Mountaineer Triathlon & Duathlon. Please bring any last minute questions or changes to the park with you as our customer service staff will be on location. Not registered yet? We will be taking in person registration at Hazel Ruby McQuain Park from Noon to 6:00pm on Saturday, September 21.

EVENT SCHEDULE
Saturday, September 21 — HFP Course Talk and Preview
(5:30pm–6:30pm) for all weekend courses and races at Hazel Ruby McQuain Park

Sunday, September 22 — Wells Fargo Advisors Mountaineer 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

COURSE MAPS
SWIM COURSE:

In water start for all races (mini course is a portion of this loop)
Sprint – 1 lap, Olympic – 2 laps

BIKE COURSE:
Mini/Sprint/Olympic Bike (out & back)

RUN COURSES:
Mini/Sprint/Olympic Run (out & back two laps for Olympic)

BIKE PATH TO ROUTE 19 DETAILS
Bikers will go out & back in the right hand curb lane from the bike path on to Leeway Street and across the bridge on Route 19. You MUST stay to the far right at all times and pass with caution as bikes will be going in both directions. You MUST stay within the coned off lane during this time. See Lane Closure Layout for this section of the course.

RACE WEEKEND PARKING
Click here for detailed map of parking areas
Best parking area? Wharf District Parking (off Clay Street)

START TIMES
Sunday
8:00am —
Mini Triathlon Waves (women then men)
8:15am — All Duathletes (Mini, Sprint, Olympic)
8:25am — Sprint Triathlon Waves
8:35am — 
Olympic Triathlon Waves

RACE PACKET PICK-UP
Hazel Ruby McQuain Park – downtown Morgantown
Saturday, September 21 from 12:00pm–6:00pm
Sunday, September 22 from 6:00am–7:30am
There is NO RACE DAY REGISTRATION — packet pickup ONLY!

TIMING CHIP PICKUP & BODY MARKING
Sunday, September 22 from 6:00am–7:30am

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 & 200+lbs
-over 40 & 200+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).

*Due to the flooding in Colorado we’ve been informed by FedEx our finisher medals will NOT arrive until Monday! Really bad timing…However, all finishers will be sent their medal in the mail next week.

New Albany COP Ride – Thursday, September 19 – 2013

Hello riders –

THIS WEEKS RIDE DETAILS

Thursday, September 19 will be the 22nd ride of the New Albany COP Thursday ride season @ 6:00pm.

Your ride leader is Mark Wilson as I’ll be out of town. Mark’s great blog is here with a report from last week. 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.

New Albany COP September 19 – 2013

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.

Mohican Endurance Festival finalizing plans

Mohican B_02 (1)The much anticipated Mohican Endurance Festival has finalized the date for 2014. The inaugural 2014 event will be on Sunday, June 22 and feature a Mini, Sprint, Olympic & Half distance triathlon and duathlon.  All events will start and finish at the beautiful Mohican Lodge & Conference Center in Perrysville, Ohio.  Triathletes will start & finish their swim from the private beach at the Lodge while duathletes will be enjoying an opening run on Lodge roads.  Following the opening swim or run participants will take on bike courses that feature the challenging terrain surrounding the Lodge and Mohican State Forest.  Participants will finish their epic event with a daunting run along the infamous Mohican Trail alongside the Mohican River featuring breathtaking views of the Mohican State Forest and surrounding areas. Each finisher will receive a coveted Mohican Endurance Festival Finisher belt buckle with the size determined by the distance conquered.  The official website (www.MohicanEnduranceFestival.com) will be launched in late October with registration opening shortly thereafter.  Due to size limitations at the Mohican Lodge there will be a limit of 500 total participants for this event. We anticipate a very early sell out.

Current Maps Available:
Swim Course Map (shorter distances will be within this loop)
MEF Run Course Map
Bike Course Map(s):
Mini Bike Course
Sprint Bike Course
Olympic Bike Course
Half Bike Course (2-laps)