September News

Hi there, Winged Warriors! I’ve fallen a little behind in my website posts, so please forgive me. It’s easier to keep up on Facebook, but I like to keep my non-Facebookers in the know, too. And life is twice as busy with TWO wee ones and TWO IM races on Clayton’s schedule this year! There are so many racers to congratulate, including:

Angie Bruhl—for her performance at “The Clock is Ticking” distance swim. Which she completed with her toddler on her back. Again!

Joe Porter and Tony Sheffield—for completing their first HALF IRONMAN at the Hutchinson Island Half!

Billy and Rose Webb—Father/Daughter team—for the 2nd place relay finish at Tri the Ridge!

Shane + Stacey Herrin and Kellie Rome—for the Color Run in Tally!

The following folks competed at Beach Blast as one giant super-awesome team:
Melissa Thompson—1st AG / 2nd female overall
Kristi Wilhem—1st Female Masters
Bill Wilhem—4th AG
Lance Parker—5th AG
Morgan Garcia—2nd AG
Leisa Eastman—3rd AG
JT Harrison—1st Clydesdale

John Thompson—4th AG
Susan Bennett—2nd AG
John Bennett—5th AG
Joy Knop—4th AG
Wade Eastman—1st AG
Max Eastman—1st AG

Congrats to Jeff Drawdy and Jenn Bendewish for completing the Albany Nut Roll—a 104-mile ride!

Congrats to these guys for their day at the Stars and Stripes Patriot 6K:
Lori Richardson—1st place AG / 2nd place overall female
Beverly Hamilton—1st place AG / 3rd place overall female
Melody Gunter—2nd place AG
Chad Johnson— 2nd place AG / 4th overall

Congrats to Beverly Hamilton (1st overall female) and Chad Johnson (1st AG / 2nd overall!) for grabbing hardware at Race of the South 5K!

Congrats to Blease + Callaway Conklin, Ben + Kristopher Wilhelm and Jay Harrison for their performance at the last event in the Tally Youth Tri Series! (+ Katina’s Stewart’s boys, too, who might be joining RCTC!)

If I’ve missed anyone, please post or email/text me. We’re so proud of everyone!!!

It’s a really big race weekend coming up…

Good luck to MARTY HUFSTETLER, TIFFANY NUNNALLY and CLAYTON MOSS as these three take on IRONMAN Chattanooga on Sunday.
This is Tiff’s 1st IRONMAN 140.6 (+4) event! Her bib is #1006.
This is Marty’s 3rd IRONMAN 140.6 event. His bib is #686.
And this is Clayton’s 8th IRONMAN 140.6 (he’s finished 6 thus far) event. His bib is #206.
(Except they all get to bike an extra 4 miles in the Chattanooga heat. Oops!)

AND good luck to LANCE PARKER this Sunday as he takes on his FIRST HALF IRONMAN at Augusta! His bib is #2931.

You can track all of our athletes using the IM website and the IronTrac app.

If you’re in Tville and looking for a 5K, the Quail Trail is tomorrow at Pebble Creek. Check-in is at 6:30, and the race starts at 8 am.

And lastly—if you haven’t already—please welcome Jay Harrison and the entire Eastman family to RCTC!

Enjoy the weekend, everyone!!! And (say it with me), STAY HYDRATED!

PS: I have a small batch of red tech tees if anyone needs/wants a spare.


RCTC is all about team spirit. So show your patriotic pride & RCTC team spirit all at once!


Our Winged Warriors would like to participate in Tville’s upcoming September 11 Climb to Remember. But due to our hectic training and racing schedules, 9.11 doesn’t quite work for us as a team.

So… we have arranged an alternate time for RCTC to show our support. Join us Wednesday, September 3, 2014 at 5:30 am at TCCHS Stadium. Sign up under RCTC and wear any piece(s) of RCTC gear you like!

Registration cost is a $15 donation. Please see flyer and details below.

And please RSVP to the FB event page if you’re able, so we know who will be participating.

Thanks to Melissa and Lance for working out this alternate time with Kim Smith at the YMCA!


Climb to Remember


Congrats, Kiddos (& MARTY)!

A big (slightly delayed) shout out to our Winged Kids on a spectacular race day at the YMCA Kids Tri on August 16th. Big thanks to all RCTC families and volunteers and to Kristi Wilhelm for sharing these photos.


Congrats to Marty Hufstetler on the completion of his second Ironman this past Sunday in Louisville. Marty finished 14th in his age group with a time just over 13 hours. Very impressive! We’re proud of you, Marty!

Clayton was there to keep him company and posted terrific swim and bike times before the famed 100-degree Louisville heat knocked him out of the race halfway through the marathon.

Big thanks to John Thompson for supporting and tireless paparazzi-style stalking of these guys to cheer them during the event.




GA Vets Weekend Recap

CONGRATULATIONS to the following RCTC’ers who competed at the Georgia Veterans Triathlon in Cordele last weekend. (If I’ve overlooked someone, please let me know, so I can update our list!)

Marty Hufstetler
Joe Porter
Taylor Shiver
Brad Hinson (1st timer!)
Tony Sheffield
Clayton Moss
Rick Moss
Deann Garcia (1st timer!)
Morgan Garcia
Lance Parker
Allison Parker
Joy Knop
Nancy Hiers
JT Harrison
Shane Herrin (1st timer!)
Billy Webb
John Bennett
Susan Bennett (1st timer!)
Jeff Drawdy
Tony Sheffield
Bill Wilhelm
Kristi Wilhelm
Conley Wilhelm
Melissa Thompson
Katina Stewart

Big props to our new triathletes: Brad, Shane, Deann and Susan! We are so proud of you all!

And congrats to our award winners, including:
Melissa Thompson (2nd overall female)
Kristi Wilhelm (Female Masters champ)
Clayton Moss (1st place AG / 8th overall)
Conley Wilhelm (1st place AG)
Alison Parker (3rd place AquaBike)
Marty Hufstetler (2nd place AG)
JT Harrison (2nd place AG)
Morgan Garcia (1st place AG, 11th overall)

Again, if I’ve overlooked you, please let me know… I’ve only just now stopped the meds! hahaha

HUGE thanks to the Parkers for planning the Post-Race Picnic, to for the tees, and to Jen Bendewish and Stacey Herrin for taking so many great photos of everyone! Scroll down for photos please…

While about 70 members, family members, friends and fans were gathered in Cordele, Alison Conklin and Angie Bruhl snuck off to Jacksonville to participate in the DRCSports Sprint and Olympic Triathlons (respectively) #3. It was Alison’s first triathlon since giving birth to her fourth child (welcome back, Alison!), and Angie snagged a 2nd place overall award / 1st place age group. Congrats to both of these impressive lady athletes!

Please welcome new members, John Wheeler and Chris White! They bring our 2014 membership roster to 69 athletes as of today. We’re excited to have them both! Please give them a warm welcome.–

If you’d like to help with volunteer activities at the YMCA’s Youth Tri (August 16th), please email: (+ copy directly ASAP. If your kids are racing, please let me know so I can cheer them on properly!

Revolutions: Triathlon Coaching, LLC has invited us to attend their upcoming Open Water Swim Clinic, with Club Seminole Head Coach Tori Richmond & RevTri Coach Annie Bowman!

Sunday, August 17, 2014
1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Morcom Aquatics Center
***Check your inbox for complete details.***

If you have any questions, please contact Tori Richmond at or 772-486-2460 (cell) OR Annie Bowman at


Race Weekend Preview + Updates!

Good luck to all our winged ones participating in events this weekend! We have Alison Conklin racing the DRC Sports Jax Sprint #3, Angie Bruhl racing the Jax Olympic, and a sizable group of winged ones racing Georgia Multisports GA Vets Tri in Cordele, including:

Marty Hufstetler
Clayton Moss
Rick Moss
Deann Garcia
Morgan Garcia
Lance Parker
Allison Parker
Joy Knop
Nancy Hiers
JT Harrison
Shane Herrin
Billy Webb
Rose Webb
John Bennett
Susan Bennett
Jeff Drawdy
Bill Wilhelm
Kristi Wilhelm
Conley Wilhelm
Melissa Thompson
Katina Stewart
and possibly Tiffany Nunnally!

Who else is racing this weekend?

Shout out to Clayton Moss (7th), Rose Webb (7th), Taylor Shiver (8th), and Mike Rome (11th) who are all celebrating race-weekend birthdays!

The Post-Race Picnic will take place after race awards. A few reminders:
1. The picnic will be at Georgia Veterans Memorial State Park, the same venue as the race. We have picnic pavilion 2 rented for our use the entire day.
2. State park regulations prohibit alcoholic beverages in visible/obvious containers. Bring your solo cups! RCTC will not provide grown-up beverages.
3. Members + immediate family members will eat free, other guests are welcome at $10 for each adult.
4. If you RSVP’ed prior to the original cut-off date your event t-shirt will be ready for you that day!

5. Feel free to bring flotation devices and lawn chairs.

If you’d like to help with volunteer activities at the YMCA’s Youth Tri (August 16th), please email: (+ copy directly by MONDAY, August 11.

Revolutions: Triathlon Coaching, LLC has invited us to attend their upcoming Open Water Swim Clinic, with Club Seminole Head Coach Tori Richmond & RevTri Coach Annie Bowman!

Sunday, August 17, 2014
1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Morcom Aquatics Center

Register + pay before Monday, August 11th – $50.00*
Members of Rose City Tri Club receive 20% off registration cost, if payment is received prior to 8/11

Check your inbox for complete details.
If you have any questions, please contact Tori Richmond at or 772-486-2460 (cell) OR Annie Bowman at


Ride, Picnic + Youth Tri

Hi all! Quick updates…

If you’d like to help with volunteer activities at the YMCA’s Youth Tri (August 16th), please email: (+ copy directly. THANK YOU!!!

If you’re planning to attend the GA Vets Post-Race picnic, please be sure to RSVP by today! Please post to the FB event page with kids vs adults details for your party. If you’re bringing extended family or friends, please contribute $10 per person. If you’re not on Facebook, please email Alison Parker at

Since we’re expecting our new baby soon, and since Ironman Chattanooga is fast approaching, we really need volunteers to organize and lead the Tuesday morning ride—which basically means just posting the details to the FB page and website calendar, so folks can join in. And grabbing a headcount…and promising not to drop anyone. Leader can change weekly if need be, and you can certainly adjust the date/time to suit your schedule, but we really would appreciate some help keeping this ride alive. If you have questions about how to do any of this, please contact Jeff Drawdy at

I can’t say it enough…please hydrate. We have a seasoned member who landed in the hospital for 5 hours of post-race ice and IV-hydration last weekend. It can happen to anyone, even if you’re well practiced at this sport. If you have questions about training and/or racing hydration, please feel free to reach out to any of our club’s resources, especially Brady Irwin at Science of Speed or Jen Bendewish of Herbalife 24.

Thanks, all!!!

FREE Race + Updates!

And the winner of the DRC Sports Jax #3 FREE Race Entry (August 9th) is…



If Alison cannot race, first alternate is LORI RICHARDSON!

Congrats, ladies!!!!

We still have another FREE Race Entry to give away, and its for DRCSports Crystal River #3.

To be considered, you cannot have already used a free race this season, and you must be willing to race if you win! Please post if you want to be entered to win! And thanks to DRCSports for giving us this awesome 6-pack of free races for 2014!

If you haven’t RSVPed yet for the GA Vets Triathlon Post-Race Picnic, please do so by July 23rd! Alison Parker is trying to get a headcount for food / budget.

And if you haven’t noticed, they’ve added an AquaBike this year, so if running’s not your thing, you can consider this fun new option! Don’t forget to use your discount code for the TRI. It should be in your mound of emails from me.

Congrats to Billy Webb of Bowersville for a great race at the Swamp Rabbit Sprint Tri at Furman University last Saturday. He posted a greatly improved time this season, not to mention blazing-fast transitions. Ask him how he does it at the GA Vets Picnic. He’ll be there!!!

And congrats to the Stewart (Jesse + Christian, 6th + 3rd place!) and Conklin boys (Blease + Callaway, twin 6th places!) on great performances at Sunday’s Splash + Dash in Tally!

If you’re racing, please keep us posted, so we can show our support.

With the winged baby coming shortly and Ironman appearing just 8 weeks later, Clayton’s dance card is filling up fast. We’re asking for an RCTC member (or 2) to please consider stepping up to lead the Tuesday morning rides that leave at 6:15 from the Everett Milton YMCA. It’s a great opportunity to ride with your teammates, and we simply need more help with RCTC as the club and our family continue to grow. Please message us if interested in taking charge! Thanks!!!

Keep up the dedicated training, and stay hydrated out there!

Freedom Springs

We hope you all enjoyed a safe and fun 4th of July holiday weekend.

Props to the following Winged Warriors who participated in the Freedom Springs Sprint Triathlon in Marianna over the holiday:
Jennifer Bendewish
Lacey + JT Harrison
Marty Hufstetler
Katina Stewart
Chad Johnson + Brent Moody (relay)

Big congratulations to RCTC’s two BRAND NEW Triathletes: KATINA STEWART and LACEY HARRISON!

Congrats to Marty Hufstetler on a 2nd place AG finish today and to Chad Johnson and Brent Moody for a relay team WIN!

And thanks to Beverly Hamilton for cheering on her teammates and sending the scoop to us back at RCTC headquarters. ;)


Our Flat Fixin Clinic is tomorrow night at Bacchus at 6:30 pm, on the back patio. Please RSVP if you have not already done so.
WIN a FREE RACE ENTRY to the DRC Sports Jax Tri #3 (August 9); must be present to win.

And our Georgia Veterans Triathlon Post-Race Picnic is coming up on August 9th. Deadline to RSVP is July 23, but if you want to score a FREE event tee, you must RSVP with member sizes by today!

Next event coming up is the DRCSports Jax Sprint + Olympic Triathlon in Fernandina Beach, FL. Angie Bruhl is representing RCTC and racing for FREE with Joy’s slot, so everyone please wish her luck. Is anyone joining her? Please let us know.

Happy Training, everyone, and please hydrate!