American Triple-T 3D Course Videos Released

The American Triple-T proudly announces the release of 3D course videos for all races for the May 31 – June 2 event.

Cambridge, OH – The American Triple-T is a weekend event consisting of four different triathlon distance races spanning three days. The longstanding event has been described as “hardcore racing, the way triathlon used to be.” Athletes have the option to partake in a single race or go all-in by doing the entire weekend of racing, ranging from a super-sprint triathlon to a half iron (70.3) distance.

The event will take place at a beautiful new location this year, Salt Fork State Park in Cambridge, Ohio. Participants will be challenged with chilly swims in Salt Fork Lake, a hilly bike course with over 5000 total feet of climbing, and a unique run course through the Shadbush trail system.

The epic weekend event kicks off the evening of Friday, May 31st with the Super Sprint race (250 yard swim, 3.72 mile bike and 1 mile run). Saturday is jam packed with two extreme (1 mile swim, 24.66 mile bike and 6.55 mile run) and two sprint (½ mile swim, 12.77 mile bike and 3.1 mile run) distance races. TOUGHMAN Ohio serves as the finale for the weekend on Sunday, June 2nd. The 70.3 distance race gives participants a chance to battle the challenging bike and run courses and compete for the top honors of being a named “Toughman.”

American Triple-T 3D Videos:
Race #1 – Super Sprint Triathlon
Race #2 – AM Olympic/Sprint Triathlon
Race #3 – PM Olympic/Sprint Triathlon
Race #4 – Half Iron/Olympic Triathlon

“The addition of the 3D course videos provide the participants another opportunity to really see what challenges await them on race weekend. The videos give a great overview of where the venue sits in relation to the Salt Fork Lodge & Conference Center and other important landmarks in the park.” Shannon Kurek, Race Director

The event is nearing capacity and most of the on-site at Salt Fork Lodge and Conference Center being SOLD OUT. Participants still looking for lodging can find plenty of available accommodations in nearby Cambridge, Ohio by visiting the Guernsey County Visitors Bureau website.

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About HFP Racing:
Founded in 1988, HFP Racing has been serving the multisport community for over 30 years. HFP Racing is a family owned business, that over the last 3 decades has been blessed to have played a significant role in the building of multisport within the Mideast region. HFP Racing is committed to producing events that support their core values and mission to provide a world class race experience with a family friendly feel.

HFP’s Arizona Training Camp – Daily Updates

March 10, 2019 – Training Camp Day 7 – FINAL DAY: What a tremendous week of camp with everyone pushing each other to their limits…something you just can’t do on your own. “Iron sharpens Iron as one man sharpens another” Prov 27:17. This is one of my favorite verses and it’s so applicable for this camp. There is just NO WAY one person can do this on their own at the level of intensity and effort everyone gave. With this being the first year for the camp to be in Arizona I limited the camp to 10 A group level campers to keep it simple and allow for first year recon work. I can’t say more about this group and what they achieved during the week. It was a great mix of personalities and it allowed for everyone to keep each other accountable and to keep track of each other when at times the group broke up on some of longer rides. On paper this camp is a huge ask for anyone let alone for most of the campers that come from a cold wintry hometown. The totals for the week were stunning: Swim – 16,000+ yards in 4 workouts, Bike – up to 410 miles and Run – 27.5+ miles. Most campers got in at least 37 hours of training with several breaking 40 hours. NICE WORK GUYS! Kurt Molter was the winner of the most bike miles (410 total) and KOM title this year. He was up front most rides and pushed us to the brink on all the climbs. Late minute camp addition, Klaus Grimm from Reno was an absolute gem and I’m so glad he convinced me to let him in the camp just two days from the start. Newbies Josh Wiseman (1st year) and Paul Gigliotti (2nd year), Justin Sanker (2nd year aka the rabbit) hung tough all week and finished strong at the Arizona Distance Classic Half Marathon today. The veterans; what can I say…these guys have been showing up for years and just laying it down, no questions asked, whatever is on the schedule they do it.

A huge thanks to Kurt Molter, Don Cain, Jaret Johnson and Nate Riggs for pushing me all week and just being tremendous human beings. I feel so blessed to have the opportunity to do the training camp each year with you guys. A MASSIVE thanks to Terry and Todd Hart for being great local tour guides on most of the bike routes. You guys are first class! Lastly, YES we’re opening the camp up next year for more campers and for Group B and Group C athletes. Mark your calendars for March 1st through March 8th in Sunny Oro Valley/Tucson Arizona.

Thanks again everyone,
Shannon Kurek aka HFP Man

Highlights from the entire week follow in descending week order. 

Arizona Distance Classic Half Marathon finishers (HFP Man – 5th AG – 1:44, Paul Gigliotti – 2nd AG in 1/4, Justin Sanker…5th OA 1st AG – 1:26)

More finishers in the Arizona Distance Classic Half Marathon (Don Cain 1:59, Nate Riggs 2:03, HFP Man swaps out run gear for riding and joins Kurt Molter)

More finishers in the Arizona Distance Classic Half Marathon (Josh Wiseman – 1:59, Justin Sanker again – 1:26 DANG!)…also Jaret Johnson (not in photo) cranked out a 1:50 time in the half marathon negative splitting the second half of the race!

Kurt Molter patiently waits for a riding partner to join him for his remaining ride

Nate Riggs celebrates his finish with a “carb” loaded chocolate milk 😉

HFP Man gives the crowd a double gun salute as he nears the finish

Josh Wiseman pushing hard on one of the many hills heading towards the finish

HFP Man and Kurt Molter take a selfie in Catalina State Park at a beautiful Mosaic

The last time up Dove Mountain for HFP Man and Kurt Molter

Kurt Molter’s winning KOM numbers for the week of camp

Day 7 Relive Ride – Urban 56 (click here to view the entire ride)

March 9, 2019 – Training Camp Day 6: The clouds parted overnight and we awoke to a gorgeous morning…however, morning temps were only in the low 40’s as we met everyone at the Oro Valley Aquatic Center at 8:00am for the start of our 100 mile ride. It was amazing to see the young swimmers that were coming out of the pool having already completed their morning swim. We also had another Heather Jackson (and two of her training partners) sighting as she arrived at the same time as our group for their morning swim.  Everyone bundled up and were off right on schedule for the El Tour Tucson 100 mile ride. This is a training camp version of the real El Tour and we used nearly 90% of the official course. Traffic was light and the pace fairly pedestrian to keep the group together for the opening 20 or so miles along the Catalina Foothills.

 

El Tour Tucson aka AZ Training Camp 100 Mile

The group bundled up and ready to ride…it’s still 25 degrees cooler for the high today in Ohio. So…45 degrees at the start was still quite nice!

HFP Man leads the group with his turn by turn directions on his bars…he might want to reset his computer 😉 He remembered 25 miles later!

Quickly the group needed to stop to remove some clothes as the temps moved into the 50’s before we hit mile 10

Mile 15 and a much too convenient road side PJ was a great stop for the group

HFP Man stops to take a selfie as the group passes by nearing mile 20

Josh Wiseman, Don Cain and Paul Gigliotti having fun at a traffic light. This group would opt out of the 100 miler and take the 50 mile option

HFP Man, Justin Sanker, Jaret Johnson and Nate Riggs stop again for a stop sign closing in on mile 30

Kurt Molter suffers his first flat of the camp and changes it and soon after gets a cactus stuck on his hand which then was passed on to HFP Man despite using rocks to remove it as recommended by the locals…hmmm I think I read that on a local hiking/cycling blog

HFP Man, Justin Sanker, Jaret Johnson, Kurt Molter and Nate Riggs stop at a general store closing in around mile 40 (Don Cain, Paul Gigliotti and Josh Wiseman are not too far back)

Off the roads and on to the Julian Wash Pathway at mile 60

The lead group now down to HFP Man, Kurt Molter and Jaret Johnson

100 miles in the book in 5:32 and Kurt Molter give a satisfied thumbs up

Jaret Johnson content with a very rewarding day in the saddle

Not available for post ride photos (or autographs) Nate Riggs and Justin Sanker wrap up their day in 5:44

With the group finishing at different times only a few were on hand for a great dinner at Dominick’s Real Italian 

Day 6 Relive Ride – El Tour Tucson 100 (click here to view the entire ride)

Upon arriving back to the rental house we got one more treat to end our day

March 8, 2019 – Training Camp Day 5: The clouds were hiding the sun again and the temperature was only in the 50’s with lots of wind as we made our way to the pool deck at the Oro Valley Aquatic Center. The pool was warmer than the air temps so the swim was still quite nice. A 500 yard warm up started things off then a set of 6 x 75 with 25 back on the second 25, then the third, then the first repeated twice. The main set featured a 400, 300, 200, 100 x 2 with a final 4 x 50 on a short send off to wrap things up. An easy cool down then the 45 minute drive to Three Points, AZ for the start of our 58 mile ride that featured 12 miles of climbing to the Kitt Peak Observatory. The ride to the base of the mountain was about 17 miles and had some really strong headwinds that forced our group into an Echelon to keep together.  The group exploded on the ride to the base and a few called it a day and turned around for a 32 mile final ride total. With temps in the low 60’s at the start most of the group under estimated the clothing needed once 8000 feet on the summit of Kitt Peak. The challenging 12 mile climb seemed relatively easy compared to Mt Lemmon from our Wednesday ride but we were in for a big surprise at the summit. It was just 34 degrees and the clouds were falling fast as the weather changed quickly. Most of us had light jackets and/or arm warmers and finger-less cycling gloves. As we descended many of us stopped multiple time desperately trying to warm up our hands and stretch out our shoulders which were on fire from braking so much. Thankfully Paul Gigiolotti decided to skip the opening 17 miles of Echelon riding and parked his rental at the base of the climb. This gave the early riders to the bottom of the descent a warm vehicle to thaw out in before taking on the final 17 miles to Three Points. The total ride time was 3hr 35min and covered 4311 feet of climbing at a 16.3mph average.

Kitt Peak 58 Mile Ride

The group prepares for a windy start of the ride

Justin Sanker and the beautiful backdrop of the day

Josh Wiseman wondering why he’s riding into this horrible cross wind

Justin Sanker wondering the same thing…

The view from the base of Kitt Peak…that’s a long freaking way to go!

A reminder sign of what’s ahead and your time limit…it was already 1:30pm

Awesome views of the terrain approaching Kitt Peak

More awesome views of the terrain approaching Kitt Peak

And more awesome views of the terrain approaching Kitt Peak

Getting closer to Kitt Peak…but yet so far way!

HFP Man and Klaus Grimm pace themselves towards the top of Kitt Peak

HFP Man arrives out of the cloud to the summit after being dropped by Klaus Grimm and Kurt Molter

The Kitt Peak Observatory in the clouds…can you see it?

HFP Man and Kurt Molter share a selfie (aren’t we so cute) from the summit before descending downward into the clouds

Kitt Peak Welcome sign greets the riders at the summit

Day 5 Relive Ride – Kitt Peak Observatory (click here to view the entire ride)

As always the day ends at another Tucson/Oro Valley culinary wonder…this time the cornucopia of culinary delight was at the Wildflower Tuscon where Klaus treated us to a great meal and plenty of good wine

March 7, 2019 – Training Camp Day 4: The clouds were hiding the sun (for the first time this week) as we made our way to the Oro Valley Aquatic Center for our morning swim workout. Many of us were feeling the soreness from the epic ride up Mt. Lemmon from the previous day. However, no easy days for us at the Arizona Training Camp. Today started off with a 4000 yard swim with the main set containing 11 x 50, then 2 sets of 4 x 200 and 8 x 50. Next up was a 30 minute drive to the Sabino Canyon Recreation Area for a very challenging 10 mile run. The run featured 6.5 miles on the Phone Line Trail and the remaining on the road leading back to the parking area. The run started off with a 1 mile group hike to the main trail head where some of the group decided to hike rather than run and the rest of us were off on the very challenging Phone Line Trail.  All of us agreed that this trail was one of the toughest trails we ever ran on. The trail provides many opportunities to plunge to your death or at a minimum get really torn up from Cactus and sharp rocks. Most of the group finished around the 2 hour mark with some very sore and wet feet. Kurt and HFP Man decided for a bonus ride of 25 miles after returning back to the rental home…3+ hours of training was just not enough! When in Arizona…

 

Sabino Canyon Loop 10 Mile Run

Justin Sanker warming up the core before the swim

The group prepares for another epic workout

Lots of flooded bridge crossings greeted campers during their run

Gnarly trails and high elevation had Don Cain, Nate Riggs and Jaret Johnson running cautiously

HFP Man experiencing one of the many amazing views in the Sabino Canyon

HFP Man, Don Cain, Jaret Johnson and Nate Riggs attempt a selfie on a massive outcropping

More views of the Sabino Canyon…and that’s Paul Gigliotti way down below

Nate Riggs, Jaret Johnson and Don Cain finally reunite with the speedy Justin Sanker (yellow tank)…yep he waited for them 😉

Don Cain holding steady and leading the way on a narrow section of the trail

Wildlife abounds in the Sabino Canyon (here we see the infamous Road Runner)

HFP Man finds one more selfie opportunity before heading down the trail

FINALLY! On the road and heading back down the canyon (see you later Justin)

Just when we thought the run down the road would be easy we find a flooded bridge and 6 more followed!

The canyon creek was filled to capacity and roaring today

The entire group (Klaus Grimm, Jaret Johnson, Nate Riggs, Don Cain, Justin Sanker, Kurt Molter, Paul Gigliotti and Josh Wiseman) close the day at the Culinary Dropout in Tucson and enjoy their well earned deserts 

March 6, 2019 – Training Camp Day 3: Yet another beautiful day greeted us as we took on what is now considered the toughest day of camp…the Assault of Mt. Lemmon. Mt. Lemmon is an 8000 foot monster that gives Oro Valley and Tucson it’s magnificent backdrop views. No swim today as projected temps in the high 80’s meant an early start as everyone needed every ounce of energy to get to the summit some 30.5 miles from our starting position.  We started at the traditional gathering location (Safeway parking lot) for this very popular ride, which is 4 miles from the base of the mountain. This gives riders a chance to get their legs under them before taking on the nearly 26 miles of continuous climbing. The ride was a first for 9 of the 11 riders that started from our group. The Hart brothers are veterans of this epic climb with Terry now retired and a local resident and Todd still an Ohio native (but surely not for long). Words and the below photos don’t do justice for the stunning visuals we experienced while riding up and enjoying the speedy descent down the mountain. Not many individual rider photos today as the group splintered early and most did not want to stop and kill their much needed momentum.

Mt Lemmon 62 Mile (100k) Map

Kurt Molter (taking this photo) and HFP Man lead the group up the mountain and eventually out of sight as the group splintered with Kurt and HFP Man making the summit in 2 hours and 56 minutes.

Unbelievable photos taking by the group on the Assault of Mt Lemmon

Kurt Molter and HFP Man celebrate their successful Assault of Mt. Lemmon

Nate Riggs enjoys his massive accomplishment at 8000 feet

Kurt Molter showing off his rebellious side 😉

Riders regrouped at the Summerhaven General Store

Nate Riggs finds an epic selfie location

HFP Man does the same…down a few thousand feet

Another Heather Jackson sighting…sorry for the poor photo, she’s damn fast!

A cookie from the Cookie Cabin in Summerhaven…Klaus ate the whole thing 😉

Klaus Grimm bombing past HFP Man as caught on Kurt’s GoPro

Nearing the end and HFP Man checks Kurt’s GoPro to see if it’s successfully shut off (obviously not)

Day 3 Relive Ride – Assault of Mt Lemmon (click here to view the entire ride)

The day ended with many riders getting a well deserved 80min massage at Rubs in Oro Valley. Dinner was everyone for themselves tonight and most looked forward to an early bedtime.

March 5, 2019 – Training Camp Day 2: Another beautiful morning to start the day off and things got heated up pretty quickly with a 90min swim workout at the Oro Valley Aquatic Center. After a 500 yard warm up the main set was 24 x 150 broken (On 2:30 with the 100 going on a 1:40 send off for the first 6, then dropping 5 seconds each set thereafter with the overall 150 set remaining at 2:30. So as the 100’s got faster the 50’s got more rest. 300 yard cool down then off to the bike. 4000+ yards total.

 

Gates Pass 100k Map

Nate Riggs proving opting out of the SUNBLOCK offerings on day one was a mistake…I’ll be fine, I never burn 😉 

Justin Sanker warming up the core before the workout

HFP Man gives the morning swim set instructions

A VERY happy Kurt Molter after completing 25 x 150’s

Klaus Grimm gives the thumbs up after another good swim workout…Jared Johnson gives some coaching advice from the side.

The group ready for another 100k in the saddle

Super popular pro and man of the people Lionel Sanders is spotted (with his awesome wife) as we headed out on the ride on one of the popular bike trails running intervals…what a beast! (YouTube video from that workout)

An EPIC ride up Gates Pass and through the Saguaro National Park

HFP Man gets the perfect angle for a photo of Todd Hart making the summit of Gates Pass

Nate Riggs, HFP Man and Klaus Grimm play to the camera at the top of Gates Pass

HFP Man poses from one of the many unbelievable views from the top of Gates Pass

A little history on the National Park and Gates Pass area

The group heads out of Gates Pass and into the McCain loop

Fun times at the National Park photo stop area

Just say WOW!

Don Cain gives a big bear hug to a local Cactus bush…the heat was getting to him 😉

Terry Hart, Don Cain and HFP Man at the bottom of Gates Pass

A brief stop to check on Nate Riggs bike before continuing on the ride

HFP Man, Don Cain and Klaus Grimm hammer their way out of the National Forest

Day 2 Relive Ride – 100k (click here view the entire ride)

Day 2 ended where it started at the Oro Valley Aquatic Center for a refreshing cool down swim. Now off to another fine Oro Valley dining experience at Noble Hops where we ran into Oro Valley and Granville, Ohio native blogger Mark Wilson.

Not a bad view from our table at Noble Hops tonight

The group enjoying our meal at Noble Hops

March 4, 2019 – Training Camp Day 1: Excitement was again in the air as campers woke up to an amazing sunrise. Today we take on a 60min swim at the Oro Valley Aquatic Center, followed by a 65 mile bike ride with 3500 feet of climbing then wrap the day up with a 20-30min transition run off the bike.

The pool was quite busy when we arrived at 8:45am with another triathlon camp wrapping up their workout and Oro Valley regulars starting their workouts. After a 15 minute warm up we started our main set which was a 5 x 500y broken via a ladder (25, 50, 75, 100, 100, 75, 50, 25). Air temperature at the start was in the mid 50’s and an amazing mid 60’s by the end of the workout. Swimming outside with the sun shining down upon you is the best setting for a swim workout by far. What a treat from the dull drums of our indoor facilities back home. The Oro Valley Aquatic Center is where top pro triathletes swim during their spring camps and this morning was no different with Ironman Champion Heather Jackson swimming in the lane next to our group. Lionel Sanders moved to Oro Valley this week too and we’re hoping to get a LS sighting this week.

Dove Mountain 65 Mile Map (due to inaccessible roads this route become “only” 60 miles)

Smashing some intervals on day 1 of training camp

After a quick change in the locker room we headed out for a 65 mile bike ride which ended up being 60 due to no access to a private community that was part of the scheduled route.

Riding in Oro Valley/Tucson is simply amazing…even with a crazy amount of car traffic there are super wide bike lanes along nearly every road and a bike path system that is ridiculously maintained. The route included mostly gently rolling terrain (2500 feet of climbing) with plenty of opportunities to stop to refuel and take amazing photos of the surrounding mountains. One of the cooler photos we took was as the group entered a tunnel that cut through a short section of a canyon to a private community (which is where we were forced to turn around). All of us got some significant sun with a few looking like the true rednecks were are by the end of the day 😉

Long time veteran of the HFP Training Camp Kurt Molter poses for a beautiful photo with Mt. Lemmon in the background. 

Justin Sanker poses showing off the smooth road that we’re riding on this week.

Staying well hydrated is key this week and so are convenient bathroom locations 

Another ACCESS DENIED location at the Ritz Carlton where the entire resort was being used by big banking and media executives. They kindly asked us to leave…so no water/restroom break for us. 

After 3+ hours of ride time we returned back to the aquatic center for a short 20-30 transition run which most of us suffered on due to our legs getting used to the miles and the now upper 70’s temperature. What a great opening day of camp!

We finished the day off with an awesome dinner at the Harvest Restaurant in Oro Valley just a few miles from our rental home.

March 3, 2019 – Training Camp Arrival: Excitement was in the air as campers arrived on Sunday afternoon to our camp headquarters in Oro Valley. All the campers were coming from cold and snowy parts of the U.S. and the warm temperatures that greeted us at the Tucson airport were a great relief. While sitting on the tarmac in our plane I sent out a group text and suggested a “Bonus Ride” once everyone was unpacked and had their bikes built. Initially this was going to be about 10 miles on the bike path but we all agreed it was too nice and 6 of us keep going for a nice 25 mile loop in and around Oro Valley. The bike path system in Oro Valley/Tucson are unbelievable and are much nicer than most of the roads we ride in Ohio. Arrival day ended with a nice meal at Growler USA and much needed nights sleep as everyone was still on EST.

 

 

Bonus Ride 25 Mile Map

Healthy New Albany add kids triathlon to their event calendar

New Albany, OH – The organization that brought New Albany the New Albany Walking Classic, New Albany Farmers Market, New Albany Community Garden, New Albany Food Pantry, community programs, and Healthy New Albany Magazine has added the New Albany Kids Triathlon to their annual event calendar on Saturday, July 20th.

Healthy New Albany is a movement designed to embrace healthy living through community activities, events and personalized wellness and disease prevention.

The New Albany Kids Triathlon event begins at the Plain Township Aquatic Center and the Wexner Community Park in New Albany, Ohio. This beginner-friendly and spectator friendly kids triathlon is for kids 14 and under. There are divisions and distances for different age groups. If your child can swim, ride a bike, and run, then come out and join us. Younger kids who cannot swim can walk and splash their way in the pool and ride a tricycle if they cannot ride a two-wheeler. All participants must wear a helmet during the bike portion. Then celebrate at the Finish Line Party with participants, families and race partners at Wexner Community Park! Come enjoy the fun with us as we emphasize the importance of exercise and having fun! [MORE INFORMATION]

2019 TRIATHLON/DUATHLON RACE SEASON

Mark your calendar for the
HFP Racing annual Super Sale
!

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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 30 years!! We look forward to seeing you at an event in 2019.

 

Now is the BEST time to start planning for your 2019 season and HFP has just the motivation to not only get your entire 2019 season planned out BUT also to save you significant dollars in the process. On January 1st, 2019 at 12:01am registration opens for the entire 2019 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 “HFP-SUPER-SALE-2019” 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 and can not be combined with other discounts.

HFP Racing Super Sale Direct Registration Links:
OhioHealth Race for a Reason (triathlon/duathlon) — April 27, 2019
OhioHealth Race for a Reason (3k, 5k and Mud Run) — April 27, 2019
FIT Family Series-6 Adult Races — 2019 SERIES ENTRY
FIT Family Series-6 Kidz Races — 2019 SERIES ENTRY
American Triple-T — May 31-June 2, 2019
TOUGHMAN OHIO — June 2, 2019
FIT Family Series-Kidz Race — Deer Creek State Park — June 8, 2019
Family Series-Adult Race — Deer Creek State Park — June 9, 2019
FIT Family Series-Kidz Race — Maumee Bay State Park — June 15, 2019
FIT Family Series-Adult Race — Maumee Bay State Park — June 16, 2019
FIT Family Series-Kidz Race — Caesar Creek State Park — July 13, 2019
FIT Family Series-Adult Race — Caesar Creek State Park — July 14, 2019
Mason Tri-umphant Triathlon/Duathlon-Kids — July 28, 2019
Mason Tri-umphant Triathlon/Duathlon-Adult — July 28, 2019
FIT Family Series-Kidz Race — Alum Creek State Park — August 3, 2019
FIT Family Series-Adult Race — Alum Creek State Park — August 4, 2019
FIT Family Series-Kidz Race — Vermilion Harbour — August 17, 2019
FIT Family Series-Adult Race — Vermilion Harbour — August 18, 2019
Tri-the-Heights Youth Triathlon — August 31, 2019
FIT Family Series-Kidz Race — Portage Lakes State Park — September 7, 2019
FIT Family Series-Adult Race — Portage Lakes State Park — September 8, 2019
Deer Creek Fall Challenge — September 29, 2019


OhioHealth Race for a Reason

April 27, 2019
OhioHealth Race For A Reason

Ohio University Sports Administration and Valor are teaming up with OhioHealth O’Bleness Hospital to host the 8th Annual OhioHealth Race for a Reason. Last year, more than 1,100 people participated in one of the four on-campus events, and the race raised upwards of $100,000 for 100+ charities, non-profits, and student organizations. The OhioHealth Race for a Reason is the…

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American Triple-T & ToughMan Ohio

May 31, 2019 – June 2, 2019

American Triple-T

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. The Salt Fork State Park event is scheduled for the first weekend of June. The American Triple-T is played out in the Ohio’s largest state park in southeastern, Ohio, just a little over 1 hour…

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ToughMan Ohio

June 2, 2019

ToughMan Ohio

HFP Racing and Salt Fork Lodge & Conference Center invite you to Ohio’s season opening long course triathlon — TOUGHMAN Ohio. This exciting course serves as the final event of the American Triple-T Ohio event, giving you an opportunity to compete alongside Triple-T participants as they battle for top honors. Salt Fork State Park is nestled in the Appalachian Hills of southeastern Ohio. TOUGHMAN Ohio will challenge all ability levels as you…

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Deer Creek State Park

June 8, 2019 – June 9, 2019

FIT Family Series: Deer Creek State Park

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 within the park. The bike courses are on mostly local country roads. The races finish with an out and back run that…

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Maumee Bay State Park

June 15, 2019 – June 16, 2019

FIT Series: Maumee Bay

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…

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Caesar Creek State Park

July 13, 2019 – July 14, 2019

FIT Family Series: Caesar Creek State Park

The third stop on the FIT Family Series is at the beautiful Caesar Creek State Park. Triathletes will be treated to swim courses in the beautiful Caesar Creek Lake. Duathletes will start off with a fast out and back run within the park. The bike courses are described as rolling on mostly winding country roads surrounding the park. The final run is an out and back run that features a long…

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Mason Tri-umphant

July 28, 2019

The City of Mason will host a family friendly race with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the construction the Mason Parks & Recreation Foundations vision for Common Ground, an inclusive playground to be located within the city limits. This event is a perfect fit for someone new to triathlons wanting to get their feet wet in their first event. The race has three categories of competition; youth, adult…

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Alum Creek State Park

August 3, 2019 – August 4, 2019

FIT Family Series: Alum Creek

The fourth stop of the FIT Family Series is the very popular Alum Creek State Park in Lewis Center, Ohio. Triathletes will swim on courses paralleling the beach, a followed by gently rolling bike courses around Alum Creek Lake and finishing with run courses that take the trail system into the woods before emerging onto the Alum Creek Dam high above the lake providing breathtaking views of the landscape surrounding Alum Creek Lake…


Vermilion Harbour

August 17, 2019 – August 18, 2019

FIT Family Series: Vermilion Harbour

The fifth stop of the FIT Family Series goes due North to Vermilion, Ohio along the shoreline of Lake Erie at Sherod Park. This unique venue gives triathletes a testing swim in the cold waters of Lake Erie, followed by beautiful country roads for the bike courses and finishing with a run through historic downtown Vermilion showcasing why Vermilion is nicknamed Harbour Town…


Tri-the-Heights Youth Triathlon

August 31, 2019

TRI the HEIGHTS 2018

This youth triathlon event is held at the Grandview Heights Municipal Pool, Wyman Woods Park, and Grandview Heights City Streets. If you can swim, ride a bike, and run then come out and give it a TRI. Post Event Finish Line Party with participants, families and sponsors at Wyman Woods Park. Join us as a participant, sponsor, or volunteer. Made possible in…


Portage Lakes State Park

September 7, 2019 – September 8, 2019

FIT Family Series: Portage Lakes

This race serves as the championship race for the FIT Family Series. The triathlon starts off with a beautiful swim course in Turkeyfoot Lake along the beach. Duathletes start off with a 5k out and back run within the park. The bike course loop through the country roads surrounding the park. Both events finish with a run through the park with the finish line overlooking Portage Lakes.


Deer Creek Fall Challenge

September 29, 2019

Deer Creek Fall Challenge

The Deer Creek Fall Challenge features a distance for all ability levels; whether you’re getting ready for a fall Ironman distance race or looking for a great course for your first triathlon, the Deer Creek Fall Challenge 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. Register early! The field is limited to the first 750 total participants.…

See you at the races!
Shannon and Jennifer Kurek
Founders – HFP Racing

MiamiMan – USA Triathlon Long Course Championships RACE REPORT

What a fun season of racing and training I was blessed with in 2018. It included an epic training camp in Helen, Georgia with my mates in April, a trip in early May to Virginia for a return to long course racing at MonticelloMan (my first half iron since 2013 – great event…I’ll be back next year), then on to my A-race in mid-August at the USA Triathlon Short Course National Championships in Cleveland, Ohio. In between my spring racing and my A-race I was able to get in a few local races which had me in good form going into Cleveland. Unfortunately due to strong currents on race morning the race in Cleveland was turned into a duathlon (run-bike-run). I had a good result finishing in 5th in the 45-59 age group but not getting to race a true triathlon at my A-race left me feeling a bit empty after putting in 10 hard weeks of training. After about a week of bad eating and drinking (my wife would argue this…it was bad for me) along with about a third of the training I was putting in previously I decided I wanted to get in one more big race before I called it a year. After “convincing” my wife Jennifer to let me do one more big build up and race I picked the MiamiMan in early November which served as the USA Triathlon Long Course National Championship. I told Jennifer it would make for a great “vacation” for the family. I promised a hotel away from the race venue and loads of time with the family.

The MiamiMan is a great race that I’ve raced 5 times when I was in the 40-44 age group and I’ve always found it to be a big challenge with the weather always being hot. The race is located outside of downtown Miami in a smaller remote venue at Larry & Penny Thompson Park next to the Miami Zoo. The race starts off with a challenging 2-lap 1.2 mile swim in a very small pond/lake in the park. Due to the small lake the course gets very congested and that usually means slower times. The race then heads out onto a flat and fast 56 mile bike on lightly traveled roads. The race finishes with a 2-lap 13.1 mile run that features sections inside the Miami Zoo. The run almost always features lots of sun and temperatures in the upper 80’s.

We left Ohio the Thursday before the race with temperatures in the mid-30’s and snow on its way. The family was super excited to get to warmer weather and lots of sun. With the sun going down just after 5pm in November it can get pretty hard to keep training for an A-race. I was ready to be done with the hard training and looked forward to the big test. As promised I got us an apartment no where near the race venue and close to the beach.


A room with a view (Biscayne Bay and Miami Beach in the background)

The first thing we checked out when we arrived to Miami…the pool!

After a couple nice days of RnR with the family by the pool and the beach it was time to check in at the race site and get my full MoJo on for race day. It’s amazing that I traveled to a race so far from home and as soon as I parked at the venue I run into Daniel Smith from Team PR Racing in Vermilion, Ohio. Shortly after that we bumped into the Hart brothers and enjoyed some nice catching up after we checked our bikes into transition. Before leaving the race site it was announced the water temperature was well above the legal limit to allow for wetsuits. That was a little stressful news as I’ve spent the last 10 weeks training in my ROKA cheater suit for all my swim workouts to prepare me for a wetsuit swim. This would be the first time in the history of the race that the water temperature was not wetsuit legal…BUMMER. I only came with racing apparel that worked for a wetsuit legal race. I did not bring my speed suit or even a tri suit to race in. Oh well…I guess I’ll fight to put on a tri top over a wet body…that should be fun. Time to get back to the apartment and watch the Buckeyes vs Nebraska! OMG – another stressful game but at least a win. I spend the rest of the day at the pool chilling with the family.

Race day wake up call arrived very early (3:00am), as our parking pass required us to be at the race venue by 4:30am. After dragging the family out of bed and into the rental van we arrived just after 4:30am to a very busy and packed parking lot. The temperature was already 76 degrees and storms were looming. After pumping up my tires and staging my equipment in transition the rain started…then the clouds opened up and a heavy rain flooded the staging area and all my running equipment were soaked by the time I found a couple bags to cover them with. A huge mistake by many athletes before big races is making major changes to their race equipment…something I “normally” would not ever consider. However, after being trapped under the outdoor expo tent for 20 minutes while the storm passed through I made the rash decision to purchase a tri suit for the race instead of fighting my two piece HFP uniform. Not only was this a major no-no by most triathletes I was giving up the ability to represent my own company. It did fit really nice and I was convinced it would be better than fighting a two piece uni after the swim.

The storm delayed the first swim wave by about 15 minutes which was fine with everyone as the rain slowed and would eventually stop before wave #2. I was in the 4th wave which meant I was going to be swimming through a lot of slower swimmers from the earlier waves and with the swim being no wetsuits I knew the swim would be slow. I exited the water in 35:47 which was the slowest time I’ve ever swam the course in 6 race attempts. With a wetsuit I swam the course between 29 to 30 minutes from 2010 to 2013.

I excited the swim in 35:47 in 7th place in the 45-59 age group

The sun makes its first appearance as I exit the swim and head into transition

Out on to the bike course I had a simple plan to race by power and not pay attention to the competition around me. The plan was to average around 275 watts which should get me in around 2:15 to 2:18 and around 24.5mph to 25mph pace for the 56 miles. My legs felt awesome and I was enjoying passing the earlier age groups on this near windless day. Around mile 6 a fellow 45-49 age grouper slingshot around me and seemed to be pushing similar wattage than myself so I made the decision to sit back about 20 meters and let him make the pace until I make my final attack with 10 miles to go. This plan was working quite well until mile 30 when we caught the leader of our age group. This guy immediately jumped on his wheel and sat up next to him for a convo of which I can only assume was “lets work together” as the two then teamed up switching on and off drafting off each other. I was blown away that two nearly 50 year old dudes would make the choice to cheat so blatantly off of each other. This normally would of had me raging but I was again content to sit back in a legal position and watch my watts. At mile 40 their pace dropped significantly as they picked up another rider and now all 3 were switching off in the draft. Now this was all I could take and I pushed my watts to 415 and went left of center around these guys cursing simultaneously as I passed by them (sorry Mom). After about 3 minutes at 415 watts I moved down to a more manageable 315 watts which was my plan for the final 10 miles…I was just forced to move this plan into play with 15 miles to go.  I was enjoying my solo ride and with 5 miles to go I was caught off guard when the 3 riders came riding by me again. At this point I realized it would only take up needed energy to re-pass them so I sat back at 20 meters and followed them for the remaining miles. The crazy thing was as soon as they passed me my watts went from 315 to 275 and then eventually 250. It was all I could to not pass them again in a rage filled attack.

I managed a perfectly paced 2:18:45 bike ride (24.2 mph average) for the 56 mile course

I was super happy with my bike ride as it was the fastest I’ve ridden the MiamiMan bike ride for the full 56 miles. The 5 previous races my best time was 2:15:54 but on a 54 mile course with my slowest effort being a 2:28 ride (2009 and 2012).

After a pretty good transition, which included putting on soaking wet socks and shoes, I set off on the 13.1 mile run course. My left hammy felt tight and the sun was now in full force which made the air feel thick and stuffy. My first big mistake of the race was racing in my short course running shoes which have laces that are tied very tight. After about 3 miles @ 6:52 mile pace my feet started to go numb and I knew I was going to have some major problems if I did not get my shoes to loosen up. The solution I decided was to stop a mile 5 and remove my socks! Yep..remove my socks at mile 5 of a hot and humid 13.1 mile run. It’s amazing how poor your judgement can be when the majority of your blood is working your muscles and not your brain.

Motoring along in the 13.1 mile run minus my socks…so far so good

By the end of the first lap I had slowed down to a 7:33 mile pace and the morning was now approaching the mid-80’s. I was just praying my feet held out and my pace would not drop too much more during the final 6.5 miles. I ended up holding a 7:34 mile pace through mile 10 before the wheels started to come off…literally! My feet were on fire and my hip flexors were no longer willing to move my legs at a 7:34 pace. I dug deep and with 1k to go Ezra (my youngest) found me on the course and ran alongside me encouraging me to keep it going. My final run time was 1:43:24 which was a 7:53 per mile average pace…that was a really slow final 3 miles.

Suffer-fest with 3 miles to go…

The giant blister from my decision to go without shoes for the final 8 miles…ouch!

OMG…where is a chair. I’m so DONE! I finish 4:41:02 good enough for 3rd in the 45-49 and 16th overall

Reunited with the family and so happy for the season to be finally over (thanks Henry for staying home to take care of the animals)

In closing; I feel so blessed to be 49 years old and healthy, strong and most importantly… a well supported father, husband and triathlete. What a great experience MiamiMan was after a 5 year hiatus. I highly recommend this race to anyone wanting to finish their season at a spectacular event.

See you in transition!

Shannon Kurek, aka HFP Man

2018 FIT Family Series Champion Tri Tops Revealed

Congratulations to all the 2018 FIT Family Series Champions. All “Champions” of the FIT Family Series will be awarded a “Series Champion” Tri Top. Orders have been placed this week and if all goes well, your tri top will be in the hands shortly after the New Year.

About the FIT Family Series:
Welcome to one of America’s longest running multisport series — the 28th Annual FIT Family Series. Throughout the summer, the FIT Family Series visits six beautiful venues. Each venue features a Kidz Triathlon & Duathlon on Saturday 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!

2019 FIT Family Series

  • Deer Creek State Park
    Mt. Sterling, Ohio
    June 8–9, 2019

  • Maumee Bay State Park
    Oregon, Ohio
    June 15–16, 2019

  • Caesar Creek State Park
    Waynesville, Ohio
    July 13–14, 2019

  • Alum Creek State Park
    Delaware, Ohio
    August 3–4, 2019

  • Vermilion Harbour
    Vermilion, Ohio
    August 17–18, 2019

  • Portage Lakes State Park
    Akron, Ohio
    September 7-8, 2019

American Triple-T and TOUGHMAN Ohio on-site lodging GOING FAST!

The response to the new venue and lodging for the 2019 American Triple-T and TOUGHMAN Ohio has been very strong with the on-site cabins and lodge rooms are going very fast.

SALT FORK LODGE AND CONFERENCE CENTER

This massive pine beam and stone lodge captures the atmosphere and flavor of the grand park lodges built at the turn of the century.

Salt Fork Lodge is perfect for bringing the family or the spouse along to the race. Let them sleep in and then it’s just a quick walk to the main staging area to catch you crossing the finish line.

Salt Fork Lodge features 53 two-bedroom cabins conveniently located next to all the action. These cabins sleep up to 6, have two bedrooms, bathroom, full kitchen with dining area, living room and screened in porch for all your bikes and gear which makes a cabin perfect for teams traveling together.

Whether you’re doing your pre-race routine or recovering from a hard effort, these stress-free environments are peaceful, private, and close to everything.

For the GUARANTEED LOWEST RATES please call 740-435-9000 and mention the “HFP Racing” block.

DO NOT BOOK ACCOMMODATIONS ONLINE.

ABOUT THE AMERICAN TRIPLE-T

What IS the American Triple-T? Well, it’s everything you’ve heard it to be, and more. The event is so much more than your typical “triathlon weekend” — it’s a triathlon achievement of epic proportions for all who partake. It is 3 consecutive days of racing, gelling together 4 races covering a total of more than 70 or 140 miles for the weekend. You will find yourself swimming in chilly Salt Fork Lake, riding the challenging hills of Guerney County, and finishing with a demanding run on the trail systems climbing and descending those same hillsides.

The American Triple-T is not for the weak or faint of spirit. It has humbled many triathletes who didn’t take it seriously, and it validates a host of others who test their “tri-mettle” at the “T” every year. Athletes from all 50 states, and 4 continents have all sought the privilege of earning their American Triple-T finisher T-shirt. Competitors, volunteers and spectators all come away with a new appreciation of the sport and of the athletes who train and tame mind and body to complete this legendary event.

You’ll also come away with newfound friendships, and you’ll solidify those bonds every year you come together to face this demon. There are even a special few who turned their initial shared experiences at the American Triple-T into a union of souls, and they came back the next year to compete as husband and wife! While we cannot guarantee that you’ll find your soul mate at the “T”, we will guarantee an incredible, unforgettable experience unique in the triathlon world.

So please, take your time, peruse the website, and check out all the unique aspects of this amazing weekend event, then reach deep down and find the courage to sign up and join us at the 2019 American Triple-T on May 31-June 2.

ABOUT TOUGHMAN OHIO

TOUGHMAN OhioHFP Racing and Salt Fork Lodge & Conference Center invite you to Ohio’s season opening long course triathlon — TOUGHMAN Ohio. This exciting course serves as the final event of the American Triple-T Ohio event, giving you an opportunity to compete alongside Triple-T participants as they battle for top honors. Salt Fork State Park is nestled in the Appalachian Hills of southeastern Ohio. TOUGHMAN Ohio will challenge all ability levels as you take on this challenging bike and run course.

The Salt Fork region is dubbed the “Crossroads of America,” the Salt Fork region is found nestled in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains along I-70 and I-77. Salt Fork Lodge & Conference Center is tucked away in the rolling hills of southeastern Ohio just a short drive from Cambridge, in Ohio’s largest state park. The lush wooded surroundings boast miles of recreational trails, wildlife, and impressive views of the sparkling lake.