SPRING HAS SPRUNG!!! – Race Season Approaching FAST.

spring-2016What a great winter we had this year in Ohio…minimal snow (bad if you own a ski resort) and plenty of mild weekends to get in some early season miles. The weather has certainly been great for those building for early season events like the American Triple-T or the Little Smokies Triathlon on May 20-22. What many folks don’t know is the American Triple-T now offers a shorter distance (70+ miles) version along with the longer distance (140+ miles) version. Additionally, the Little Smokies now offers a stand alone sudo Olympic Distance triathlon on Sunday, May 22. This challenging race will feature a 1k swim, followed by a 25 mile bike and finishing with a 6.55 mile run.

Looking for an April event to test your fitness? The OhioHealth O’Bleness Hospital Race for the Reason is on Saturday, April 23 and features events for the entire family.

OU-Swim-PhotoAthletes in Action Triathlon & Duathlon presented by the College of Health Sciences and Professions: A short sprint format (Triathlon: 500 meter Swim, 25k Bike, 5k Run: Duathlon 5k-Run, 25k-Bike, 5k-Run) that begins at the Ohio University Aquatic Center for the triathlon and in the transition area for the Duathlon. The bike route takes competitors out of town on a challenging course before returning to campus to complete a 5k run. Finish at the new Walter Field House and enjoy Fitness Fest’s post race awards, food, and concert. Participants can choose to race alone, or team up with friends, family, or co-workers and enter as a three-person relay. Register online before April 5 to save $15.00.

OU-5k-StartQuidel 5K presented by Ohio University Credit Union: A traditional 5K run that will start adjacent to the triathlon transition area in Parking Lot #133, right in front of the new Walter Field House. This course winds alongside the scenic Ohio University campus before intersecting with the Hocking Adena Bikeway. Competitors will enjoy views of the Hocking River and Ohio University Golf Course before finishing at the new Walter Field House for Fitness Fest. Park in Lot #132 next to Peden Stadium or near the Ohio University Convocation Center. Register online now to be part of this awesome event.


OU-Mud-RunnersBed Rock Mud Run powered by ROTC:
A 4.5 mile non-traditional run starts in Peden Stadium. Runners will cross the Hocking River over the Richland Avenue Bridge, pass through the Richland Avenue Park, and travel down Diary Barn Lane before heading up to the ROTC Challenge course in the Ridges. Competitors will encounter several obstacles throughout the course before heading down to a slip-n-slide and finishing at the new Walter Field House for Fitness Fest. Register online now to be part of this awesome event.

OU-Generic-PhotoAMVETS Diabetes 3K Walk presented by Humana: A traditional 3K walk that will start and finish in Peden Stadium. This out and back course winds along the scenic Hocking Adena Bikeway toward OhioHealth O’Bleness Hospital before turning around to finish at the new Walter Field House for Fitness Fest. Register online now to be part of this awesome event.


 

HFP Racing Spring Super Sale Announced!

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Get yourself ready for the 2016 and save some money during HFP’s annual Spring Super Sale and get 20% off ALL HFP events from April 1-7.  Sale ends at Midnight on April 7th.

Looking forward to seeing you at a race soon.

Sincerely,
Shannon Kurek
aka HFP Man

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Use the code “SPRING-SUPER-SALE-2016″ when registering for any of the below races to save 20% (sorry..discounts are not retroactive):

HFP Racing Spring Super Sale Direct Registration Links:
OhioHealth O’Bleness Hospital Race for a Reason — April 23, 2016
FIT Family Series — SERIES ENTRY
American Triple-T — May 20-22, 2016 (only a 62 spots remain)
Little Smokies Triathlon — May 22, 2016 (now featuring Half Iron & Olympic distance tri)
FIT Family Series — Deer Creek State Park — June 4-5, 2016
FIT Family Series — Maumee Bay State Park — June 18-19, 2016
Mohican Endurance Festival — June 26, 2016
FIT Family Series — Caesar Creek State Park — July 9-10, 2016
Mason Tri-umphant Triathlon/Duathlon, Kids Triathlon & 5k — July 17, 2016
Great Buckeye Challenge — July 24, 2016
SOMC Tri for your LIFE — July 31, 2016

FIT Family Series — Alum Creek State Park — August 6-7, 2016
FIT Family Series — Vermilion Harbour — August 20-21, 2016
FIT Family Series — Portage Lakes State Park — September 17-18, 2016
Deer Creek Fall Challenge — September 25, 2016

 

HFP Racing February News

Donkey-carott-with-sign2The American Triple-T on May 20-22 is now offering a shorter option, perfect for those wanting to step up to the 70.3 later in the year. The American Triple-T featured the wildly popular Xtreme Tri distance which features more than 140 miles of triathlons over 4 events in just 3 days. There are just 75 spots left of this distance.

The new Sprint Tri distance will offer just 75 spots and will start off with a Super Sprint Triathlon (250m swim – 6k bike – 1mi run) on Friday, then on Saturday morning participants take on the Sprint AM Triathlon featuring a 750m swim, followed by a challenging 16 mile bike and finishing with a 5k run. After a few hours of rest participants will be challenged by the Sprint PM Triathlon that starts off with a 17.5 mile bike, followed by a 750m swim and finishing with another 5k run. The weekend culminates with arguably the toughest suto olympic distance triathlon in the U.S. The race starts off with a .96k swim, followed by a super challenging 25 mile bike and finishing with a daunting 6.55mi run. Participants will have completed more than 70 miles over this long weekend.

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Don’t miss this great opportunity to race in one of the most unique events in triathlon. Register before February 28th at Midnight to avoid a $25.00 price increase for both distances.


If you were thinking about joining us in Helen, GA for our annual training camp…The Helen Training Camp on April 4-10 is SOLD OUT. This annual camp in the northern mountain region of Helen, Georgia limits participation to just 21 lucky participants. Campers have come from 6 states and with a helen_mountain_top_imageambitious week of training planned all should leave thoroughly tested. This camp is a great excuse to get a solid week of uninterrupted training in before the start of the season. Every year campers rave about the gorgeous terrain that presents itself in Northern Georgia each April. Follow all the motivating (and many times silly) camp highlights on HFP’s Facebook page all week.

 

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OblenessNew_logo_2014Get ready to race HFP’s official season opening event at Ohio University (April 23) This annual event give participants an opportunity to get in an early season triathlon (or duathlon) before most folks have even taken their bikes off the trainers. The 5th annual OhioHealth O’Bleness Race for a Reason event features not only a triathlon/duathlon event but a 5k Run and a challenging Mud Run. The O’Bleness Race for a Reason annually raises nearly $100,000 for local charities. We hope to see many of you at this early season favorite.

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Have a great day and enjoy the wonderful spring like weather!

Sincerely,

Shannon Kurek
aka HFP Man

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HFP Racing October News and 2016 Schedule

Hocking-Mud-RunThe HFP Racing came to an exciting conclusion on Saturday, October 10 at the Appalachian Adventure Triathlon/Duathlon and Hocking Mud Run. Given just 28 days to pull everything together, the event went off without a hitch and organizers were very pleased with having multisport as part of their Appalachian Outdoor Adventure festival. Look for this annual event to conclude our season in 2016.

We always take time after the season to review comments/suggestions from our customers and see what we can implement for the following year.

Here some exciting and certainly some welcome upgrades and changes for the upcoming 2016 race season:

#1 – The tech t-shirt era has come and we believe based on your feedback…is now gone. Our participants are looking for the new trendy 50/50 soft blend t-shirts in gender specific sizing and cut. 50-50-tshirtLook for the new t-shirts to roll out at our first event in 2016 and even more important (to many of you) is upgraded designs. We’ve hired a seasoned designer that promises trendy and current designs for all our t-shirts for 2016.

#2 – As much as folks loved our live on-site results on our monitors, personal results email and searchable online results…we can do better. Our software has been developed to allow us to do receipt printing immediately following your finish so look for this results feature to be added in 2016. Additionally, we’ll be adding 8 – 32 inch monitors to our results trailer and lowering the screens a full 2 feet. This will address issues we encountered with our shorter and visually challenged customers. Lastly, we’ll be adding a podium and podium backdrop to the finish area for all finishers to have photos taken with their loved ones and family members

#3 – Folks loved our new time trail starts and felt it made for a much safer, participant friendly triathlon start.  However, we did find some of the divisions got a bit bottle necked and it required them to swim over slower swimmers from the previous waves. We’ll be looking at our swim times from 2015 by division and completely reevaluating which divisions are sent off and the spacing in between. TT-swim-startFor example; some divisions can nearly go back to back with no big time break (ie. Male 24 & under and Male 25-29) but then when we send off our ladies 40+ wave we need to give more time for separation before we send off the men 50+ as many of the men in this wave are swimming at a very high level.

#4 – Our software developer is building a new algorithm for the FIT Family Series points race that more fairly represents the “true” winners of each age group. Additionally, we will be adding a new HFP Racing season long points series that will reward those for competing in all or most of our races on the schedule. Most importantly participants will know immediately after the results are posted online where they stand in either points standings. This is all part of the new points algorithm our software developer is finishing up over the winter.

#5 – Team HFP Racing has partnered with Roll as our official bike shop for all Team HFP Racing members in 2016. Along with getting greatly discounted entry fees, Team HFP Racing members will receive significant discounts on bike/gear purchases and any bike service from Roll at any of their Columbus locations.  HFP Racing is hosting a Team HFP Racing FIT Kit party (for the team uniform…not your bike) at the Roll Polaris location on Saturday, October 31 from Noon to 2:00pm. Roll-logoPlease RSVP your attendance by emailing customerservice@hfpracing.com. Team HFP Racing membership is FREE and is open to anyone that enjoys multisport racing. The FIT Kit party is an opportunity to try on samples of our 2016 uniforms and meet your teammates. Once you’ve officially joined the team you will receive a link to the Team HFP Racing apparel store to order your uniforms online. The 2016 uniforms are being provided by Pactimo and will be shipped out in January. All uniforms MUST be ordered by December 1 – sorry no exceptions.


2016 Schedule Update and Changes:

The biggest news for the 2016 Ohio multisport calendar is the introduction of Ironman 70.3 Ohio to Delaware, Ohio scheduled for Sunday, August 21. This addition of Ironman 70.3 to the Ohio calendar has necessitated a move of a couple of HFP’s longstanding venues. The Great Buckeye Challenge has been moved to July 24th and the Vermilion Harbour Triathlon and Duathlon has been moved to August 27-28.

The Vermilion Harbour Triathlon and Duathlon has been moved from Linwood Park to a new venue (Sherod Park) on the west side of Vermilion. Vermillion Park 2016The new venue finally allows us to avoid the dangerous bridge crossing on Route 6 and brings back a single loop 40k bike course for the Olympic distance. Sherod Park also allows for a parking lot transition area (no more grass or trees) and free on-site parking and park entry which has allowed us to reduce the entry fees for this event by $5.00. Best of all is participants will be treated to the same great volunteer and community support that this race has been known for.

See the entire 2016 calendar here. Online registration opens for all events on January 1 @ Noon EST. Mark your calendar for HFP’s Annual Super Sale on January 1-15 to receive 25% off any HFP event on the calendar.


FIT Family Series Champions Crowned:

Fit Family Series_REVwhiteoutlineA season of racing has finally come to an end and 75 athletes were crowned 2015 FIT Family Series Champions along with another 35 athletes finishing in the runner-up and third place positions.

All series champions please send your tri top size and your shipping address before October 15 (this has been extended to the 25th) to customerservice@hfpracing.com. Series champion tri tops will be mailed out in January. Anyone that placed in the top 3 will receive a “champion”, “runnerup” or “third place” medal in the mail in the next 30-45 days.

FINAL  POINTS STANDINGS
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Looking forward to seeing you in 2016. Have a great off-season!

Sincerely,

Shannon Kurek
aka – HFP Man

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HFP Racing June News

ATT-HANG-LOOSESummer is now upon us and we’ve even got the weather to prove it! June is a VERY busy month at HFP Racing with the FIT Family Series kicking off this weekend at Deer Creek State Park, followed by the FIT Family Series @ Mamee Bay on Fathers Day weekend and then finishing the month off with the Mohican Endurance Festival. The 2015 American Triple-T @ Shawnee is a wrap and this years events featured some really great weather along with some liquid sunshine.  Check out the recap video for some motivation to get you to the starting line for 2016.

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Here are what folks are saying about the 2015 event: 

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“Thank you for producing and directing an amazing event! The support, camaraderie, and sportsmanship was phenomenal!”

—Tom Jackson, 2015 American Triple T Finisher

“We both enjoyed the race. The challenge was terrific. The volunteers were great. Your bike mechanic was fabulous, he saved my bike on Sunday. Thanks,”

—Darryl Mika, 2015 Triple T Finisher

“Thank you for putting on a terrific race. The HFP staff and volunteers are outstanding.
Thanks again,”

—Eric

Matt-Shannon-Finish“Thank you for another great race weekend — you guys are amazing, as are your volunteers. It would not be the race event that it is, if it weren’t for the excellent direction and the positive attitude of the volunteers. It’s infectious.”

—Leslie Knibb, 2015 Triple T Finisher

 

 

 

 

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logo_deercreekThis weekends season opening FIT Family Series at Deer Creek State Park looks to have some great weather for this series opener. We have Great fun and Great racing scheduled for two days on June 6-7.  Online registration closes on Friday, June 6th at Midnight.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. FIT-Series-DC-KidsTriathletes will be swimming along the beach in Deer Creek Lake. Duathletes 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.

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EVENT SCHEDULE

Saturday, June 6 — HFP Course Talk and Preview

  • (2:00pm) for all Sunday courses and races

Saturday, June 6 — Kidz Triathlon & Duathlon*

  • (Ages 10 & under) 100y Swim — 5k Bike — ½mi Run
  • (Ages 11–15) 200y Swim — 10k Bike — 1mi Run

*Duathlon starts with a ¼mi Run (Ages 10 & Under) or a ½mi Run (Ages 11–15)

Sunday, June 7 — Deer Creek 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

START TIMES

Saturday

  • 2:00pm — Transition area opens for Kidz races
  • 3:00pm — Kidz Triathlon & Duathlon (Ages 11–15)
  • 4:15pm — Kidz Triathlon & Duathlon (Ages 10 & Under)

Sunday

  • 6:00–7:30am — Transition area open
  • 7:30am — Mini Women’s start
  • 7:40am — Mini Men’s start
  • 7:50am — All Duathletes (Mini, Sprint and Olympic)
  • 7:50am — Sprint Triathlon Waves
  • 8:00am — Olympic Triathlon Waves

RACE PACKET PICK-UP

Deer Creek State Park Beach Area

  • Saturday, June 6 from 10:00am–3:00pm
  • Sunday, June 7 from 6:00am–7:15am

There is NO RACE DAY REGISTRATION — packet pickup ONLY!

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logo_maumeebayThe 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.

EVENT SCHEDULE

Saturday, June 20 — Triathlon Swim Clinic — Course Specific

Saturday, June 20 — HFP Course Talk and Preview

  • (2:00pm) for Sunday courses and races

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Saturday, June 20 — Kidz Triathlon & Duathlon*

  • (Ages 10 & under) 100y Swim — 5k Bike — ½mi Run
  • (Ages 11–15) 200y Swim — 10k Bike — 1mi Run

*Duathlon starts with a ¼mi Run (Ages 10 & under) or a ½mi Run (Ages 11–15)

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Sunday, June 21 — Maumee Bay Triathlon & Duathlon

  • Mini: 250y Swim (2mi Run) — 7mi Bike — 2mi Run
  • Sprint: 750m Swim (5k Run) — 23k Bike — 5k Run
  • Olympic: 1500m Swim (5k Run) — 40k Bike — 10k Run

START TIMES

Saturday

  • 2:00pm — Transition area opens for Kidz races
  • 3:00pm — Kidz Triathlon & Duathlon (Ages 11–15)
  • 4:15pm — Kidz Triathlon & Duathlon (Ages 10 & under)

Sunday

  • 6:00–7:30am — Transition area open
  • 7:30am — Mini Women’s start
  • 7:40am — Mini Men’s start
  • 7:50am — All Duathletes (Mini, Sprint, Olympic)
  • 7:50am — Sprint Triathlon Waves
  • 8:00am — Olympic Triathlon Waves

RACE PACKET PICK-UP

Maumee Bay State Park Beach Area

  • Saturday, June 20 from 10:00am–3:00pm
  • Sunday, June 21 from 6:00am–7:30am

There is NO RACE DAY REGISTRATION — packet pickup ONLY!

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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.

EVENT SCHEDULE

Saturday, June 27 — Triathlon Swim Clinic — Course Specific

Saturday, June 27 — HFP Course Talk and Preview

  • (2:00pm) for all Sunday courses and races

Sunday, June 28 — Mohican Endurance Festival

  • Mini: 250y Swim (2mi Run) — 7mi Bike — 2mi Run
  • Sprint: 750m Swim (5k Run) — 20k Bike — 5k Run
  • Olympic: 1500m Swim (5k Run) — 39k Bike — 10k Run
  • Half: 1.2mi Swim (5k Run) — 56mi Bike — 13.1mi Run

START TIMES

Sunday

  • 6:00–7:30am — Transition area open
  • 7:30am — Women’s Mini Triathlon
  • 7:40am — Men’s Mini Triathlon
  • 7:50am — All Duathletes (Mini, Sprint, Olympic)
  • 7:50am — Sprint Triathlon Waves
  • 8:00am — Olympic Triathlon Waves
  • 8:10am — Half Triathlon

RACE PACKET PICK-UP

Pleasant Hill Lake Park

  • Saturday, June 27 from 12:00pm–5:00pm
  • Sunday, June 28 from 6:00am–7:30am

There is NO RACE DAY REGISTRATION — packet pickup ONLY!

DIVISIONS

  • 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 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 and 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 buckle (size based on distance conquered) and the top three in each division will receive custom awards (including relay teams).

SWIM CLINIC / LIQUID LIFESTYLES SWIMMING

The Official Swim Partner of HFP Racing

Learn energy saving techniques that will have you swimming faster, more comfortably and are guaranteed to better prepare you for your race! Liquid Lifestyles Swimming has partnered with HFP Racing to bring you venue-specific training clinics designed to maximize your success and racing experience! Both beginner and advanced swimmers will benefit from the specialized swim instruction and detailed course preview. Triathlon specific skills such as sighting and navigational techniques, pack swimming, drafting techniques, buoy turns, entry and exit strategies, tempo training and stroke mechanics will be covered! Q&A will follow. Create lasting improvements in your technique, performance and satisfaction this season with Liquid Lifestyles Premier Swim Instruction!

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See you at the races!

Shannon Kurek, aka HFP Man

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HFP Racing February News

coldestWow…can you believe the weather we’re getting here in the Mideast region? Unless you’re in southern Florida there is no escaping this horrible unrelenting cold weather. It certainly is forcing even the hardcore athletes inside for a boring spin on their trainer or a mind numbing treadmill session. Regardless of your attitude right now regarding this weather I think we all can agree that spring can’t get here fast enough. Need some motivation? We’re down to the final 20 or so spots for the American Triple-T at Shawnee. It always takes some time to get those final spots as participants are dropping out at about the same rate as participants are signing up. It’s a huge commitment and with this tough weather this winter it’s making it even tougher to get ready for early season events…especially as one as daunting as the American Triple-T. Grab on of the last few spots before the price increases $50.00 on March 1. Get Registered Now.

RaceResultsButton2HFP Racing is introducing some really cool technology for 2015. You may have already noticed are new online registration system which will link everything together for our new integrated timing software that will allow for much improved searchable online results formatting and even faster race day results. Along with nearly instantaneous results (refreshed every 5 seconds) at the finish line, participants divisional results will be refreshed on our 6 HD monitors every 90 seconds. We hope you’ll appreciate a more simple, user friendly, online registration process that leads to an even better “end result” after you finish. Additionally, this new integrated software will allow for immediate updating of the FIT Family Series points and also for the American Triple-T standings shortly after finishing.

helen_mountain_top_imageNext up for HFP Racing is the SOLD OUT Helen Training Camp on April 6-12 in the northern mountain region of Helen, Georgia.  With more than 20 participants from 6 states attending this years camp will be loads of fun. This camp is a great excuse to get a solid week of uninterrupted training in before the start of the season.

 

Mud-Run-OUGet ready to race HFP’s spring events at Ohio University (April 25) and Miami University (May 9th). These annual events give participants an opportunity to get in an early season triathlon (or duathlon) before most folks have even taken their bikes off the trainers. The Ohio University event features not only a triathlon/duathlon event but a 5k Run and a challenging Mud Run. The O’Bleness Race for a Reason annually raises nearly $100,000 for local charities. The Ohio University event is entering its 4th year and the Miami University event will celebrate year #10 in 2015. We hope to see many of you at these early season favorites.

Have a great day and keep thinking warm thoughts!

Sincerely,

Shannon Kurek
aka HFP Man

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HFP Racing December News

Merry-Xmas-2014It 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. Zoey-Girl-CloseupUnless 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

Mohican B_02 (1)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

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IT’S FINALLY HERE!!! 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 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


AmericanTriple-T_poweredbySOMCAmerican 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

Fit Family Series_Go FastWe’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

HFP Racing November News

HFP Man_REVAs I’m writing this I’m preparing myself mentally for our first sub freezing temperatures scheduled for this Saturday as we welcome in November. Along with the cold (and rain) is the “fall” back in time giving us even less light at the end of our days to get in our workouts and other triathlon related activities. The last 5 years I’ve distracted myself during the month of October and part of November with my build up for MiamiMan but this year I decided my season was finished after completing the Deer Creek Fall Challenge. So…like most folks I’ve been preparing myself for the long hard off-season.

Many times I covet the folks that live in warmer more hospitable climates this time of the year BUT then I remember that the changing of seasons is a good time for our bodies (and minds) to shift into the off-season mode AND let’s be real here…if this Saturday called for a mid-70’s degree and sunny day we’d all be out for a long bike ride or run. Instead we must sit on our trainers and dream about spring…or lets take this time to reacquaint ourselves with our families (including our dogs) and let them know we’re not always this Type A exercise freak that can’t miss a workout. Let’s miss a workout or two and gain a few lbs so when the days get longer and the sun shines above we can tackle our workouts with unbridled enthusiasm.

The November Newsletter will provide you with some important updates and some news that will certainly help you with motivation during this long cold off-season.

Bring it!

HFP Man


 

LOOMING REGISTRATION DEADLINES

Tri-SuitTeam HFP Racing is an official USA Triathlon sanctioned club and is open to the public. Team HFP will serve as a place where HFP Athletes can encourage and challenge each other on the course, while building friendships off it. The cost to join is $50.00 per year. Registration opens on Monday, September 29 and closes on November 1, 2014. Uniforms will be available in early January, 2015.

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Team HFP Racing Benefits
Team members will receive numerous benefits with your membership including:
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Early Registration for the American Triple-T @ Shawnee State Park
Save $50.00 by registering for the American Triple-T by October 31 at Midnight. 

AmericanTriple-T_poweredbySOMCWhat 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 140 miles for the weekend.  You will find yourself swimming [READ MORE]


 

Fall Version of the American Triple-T to be announced on Monday, November 3rd

We’ve been searching for years for the perfect venue for a fall version of the American Triple-T and we’ve finally found that venue. I can’t wait to announce this exciting news!” Shannon Kurek, HFP Racing

Registration and lodging will open at Noon EST on Monday, November 3rd at http://www.AmericanTriple-T.com.


 

Mohican Endurance Festival moving back to June
Moves to more user friendly venue

Mohican B_02 (1)The Mohican Endurance Festival was a smashing success in 2014 and we’re looking for even more excitement surrounding the 2015 event. With much larger participation numbers predicted we knew that changes needed to be made for 2015. The venue at Mohican Lodge could barely handle the 400 participants in 2014 so with a couple hundred more expected in 2015 we needed to plan for another venue.

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


 

Great Buckeye Challenge now part of FIT Family Series

Fit Family Series_Go FastWe’ve been 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

Challenge New Albany rebranding and moving to August 30th

The Challenge New Albany event is going through a rebrand and will no longer be part of the Challenge Family of events. Additionally, the event will be moved to Sunday, August 30th. Stay tuned for more details on this exciting announcement which will come later in November. Registration will re-open after the announcement. Anyone that is currently registered for the event will be getting an email explaining your registration options.