It seems every time I write a newsletter anymore I’m surprised at how quickly the year seems to be going (I must be getting old). Well…here we are getting ready for the New Year and in a couple of days the majority of folks across the globe will be waking up to open presents for Christmas 2014. I really hope you have a blessed Christmas and a Happy New Year.
This month started off tough for the Kurek household with the passing of our 14 1/2 year old labrador Zoey. She was such an amazing dog and my wife Jennifer often referred to her as her true best friend. Zoey watched over all of children while they were babies and was fiercely protective of them while they were in diapers. Later in her life she mostly looked forward to the evening walk with her labrador brother Dave. Over the last year Zoey had good days and bad days but she was always up for a walk in the nearby Denison Bio Reserve. Even the day of her passing Zoey walked the nearly 2 mile walk through the reserve with her tail held high and with a bounce in her step…just like when she was a puppy. Unless you’re a dog owner it’s really hard to understand the emotional connection dogs have with their owners…they are truly another member of the family. It’s not the first dog in my life to pass on to doggy heaven but it was the first time that I broke down and sobbed uncontrollably with the passing of one of our dogs. I think Zoey so closely reminded me of what we’re all facing everyday…that we’re getting older but we still want to do what we really love. We all have different goals but ultimately we’re all struggling to do the same thing and that’s keeping healthy enough so we can continue to go on our version of that evening dog walk.
You’ll be missed Zoey.
Major overhaul for the 2015 Mohican Endurance Festival
The second annual Mohican Endurance Festival will be on Sunday, June 28 and feature a Mini, Sprint, Olympic & Half distance triathlon and duathlon. All events will start and finish at the beautiful Pleasant Hill Lake Park in Perrysville, Ohio.
Triathletes will start and finish their swim from the beach at Pleasant Hill Lake while duathletes will be enjoying an opening run on the trails within the park. Following the opening swim or run participants will take on bike courses that feature the challenging terrain surrounding the the Mohican State Forest. Participants will finish their epic event with a challenging trail run featuring breathtaking views of Pleasant Hill Lake Park.
Each finisher will receive a coveted Mohican Endurance Festival Finisher belt buckle with the size determined by the distance conquered. Due to size limitations at Pleasant Hill Lake Park there will be a limit of 500 total participants for this event. We anticipate a very early sell out.
Online registration opens on January 1 during HFP’s Annual Super Sale.
Changes for the 2015 Mohican Endurance Festival
- Sunday, June 28th race date (website will reflect this today or Friday)
- Venue moved to Pleasant Hill Lake Park (across the lake)
- Swim start/finish at Pleasant Hill Lake beach area
- Transition area is just steps from the swim exit (eliminated 9% grade to TA 😉
- Awesome new bike courses that will challenge all ability levels (and bring back memories of past races at Pleasant Hill Lake Park)
- Challenging trail run within the park for all race distances
Mohican Endurance Festival NEW Course Maps
IT’S FINALLY HERE!!! The HFP Racing annual Super Sale!
The HFP Racing Super Sale is our way of saying thanks to our thousands of loyal customers that continue to support us for the last 25 years!! YES – HFP Racing is entering its 26th season of racing in 2015. We look forward to seeing you at an event in 2015. Have a very blessed 2015.
Now is the BEST time to start planning for your 2015 season and HFP has just the motivation to not only get your entire 2015 season planned out BUT also to save you significant dollars in the process. On January 1st at 12:01am registration opens for the entire 2015 season AND anyone registering for select HFP events (see list below) through January 15th at Midnight will get a discount of 25% during. This is the LOWEST PRICES on that any HFP Racing event for the entire year. Don’t miss this opportunity to save some serious coin on your favorite HFP Racing event. Use the code “HFPSUPERSALE2015” when registering online during this time to get your discount. Code is case sensitive and will not work unless you type it in just as it is written above in ALL CAPS. Discounts are NOT retroactive for events already registered for.
HFP Racing Super Sale Direct Registration Links:
Helen Georgia Training Camp — April 6 to April 12, 2015
O’Bleness Health System Race for a Reason — April 25, 2015
FIT Family Series — SERIES ENTRY (save $68.00 to $98.00)
Miami University Triathlon & Duathlon — May 9, 2015
American Triple-T Shawnee — May 15-17, 2015
Little Smokies Triathlon — May 17, 2015
FIT Family Series — Deer Creek State Park – June 6-7, 2015
FIT Family Series — Maumee Bay State Park – June 20-21, 2015
Mohican Endurance Festival — Pleasant Hill Lake Park – June 28, 2015
FIT Family Series — Caesar Creek State Park – July 11-12, 2015
Mason Tri-umphant Triathlon/Duathlon, Kids Triathlon & 5k – July 26, 2015
FIT Family Series — Buck Creek State Park – August 1-2, 2015
FIT Family Series — Linwood Park – August 15-16, 2015
SOMC Tri for your LIFE — August 22-23, 2015
To Be Announced Soon — August 30, 2015
FIT Family Series — Portage Lakes State Park – September 12-13, 2015
American Triple-T Salt Fork — September 18-20, 2015
Appalachian Foothills Triathlon — September 20, 2015
Deer Creek Fall Challenge – September 27, 2015
American Triple-T powered by Southern Ohio Medical Center has just a dozen spots left for this May 15-17 event.
A nearly sold out field representing almost 40 states is already registered for this 12th annual event with just 69 spots remaining as of December 22. Don’t miss this opportunity to race in one of the most unique events in the sport of triathlon. 3-days, 4-triathlons, 140+ miles, 1-epic event. The American Triple-T in Ohio has an almost cult like following that continues to attract athletes from more than 40 states and 5 countries each year. Scheduled for the first weekend before Memorial Day each year the American Triple-T is played out in the majestic Shawnee State Park and Forest located in Portsmouth, Ohio, just 1.5 hours by car from the Columbus, Cincinnati and the Tri State areas. The Shawnee State Park and Forest is known for its spectacular beauty, peaceful bliss and a wide variety of challenging terrain as it is nestled in the southeast corner of Ohio. [GET REGISTERED]
Great Buckeye Challenge now part of FIT Family Series
We’re still getting loads of emails wanting to know what has happened to the Great Buckeye Challenge (GBC). GBC is now part of the FIT Family Series and will replace the Armco Park venue on August 1-2. The Buck Creek State Park event will feature a kids race on Saturday and a mini, sprint and olympic distance race on Sunday. For more information on the FIT Family Series presented by Go Fast Multisport click here.
Other FIT Family Series Changes
- All FIT Family Kidz races will start at 3:00pm & 4:15pm on Saturday
- All Saturday registration will take place from 10:00am – 3:00pm
- Saturday course previews will be at 1:00pm on Saturday
- Saturday swim clinics will be at 2:00pm on Saturday