2014 End of Season SHINDIG!

It’s that time again!!!


Please mark your calendars for this great event…brought to you by our generous 2014 Sponsors!

Monday, December 8th — 5:45 pm
Paulie’s Brick Oven Pizza,

Join us for food, fun and fellowship…and perhaps prizes and awards (!!! you’ll just have to be there to find out!!!) …as we celebrate the close of our club’s second season! And what an amazing season it has been!!!

Bring your families! Food + drink are on us! Adult bevs are on you. ;)

Please specify number of kids + adults when you RSVP.

Please RSVP by November 25th. If you’re on Facebook, please RSVP to the event page. If you’re not on Facebook, just text / email / post here.


And please stay tuned for details on Fitting Sessions for 2015 gear! We’re working on it!


Quick updates for all of you…

Big congrats to our RCTC’ers who participated in the Jack O’Lantern Jog 5K last weekend. Super impressed that Conley Wilhelm won the event while wearing a dress, and Melissa Thompson was first female while pushing Kayla in a stroller. I mean, seriously, people! Check out the photos if you missed them on Facebook. And somebody please tell me what Conley’s Halloween costume was. Other than a woman.

Extra shout out to Chad Johnson, who placed second overall in the Cast Iron Skillet 5K in Quitman, Georgia earlier that same morning and also ran the Jack O’Lantern Jog later that night. As a cool down, I guess.


Quick reminder… Please complete the 2015 Gear Survey by November 1 if you haven’t already. It will literally take you about a minute. Maybe two.

Many thanks!


Congrats to our members who participated in Tri The Rez last Sunday! Here are the results if you missed them:

Lacey Harrison: 1st place Athena
Alison Conklin: 3rd place Athena
Max Eastman: 1st place AG
Wade Eastman: 4th place AG
Leisa Eastman: 1st place AG
Bill Wilhelm: 4th place AG
Joy Knop: 6th place AG
Brad Hinson: 1st Place Clydesdale

Conley Wilhelm: 2nd place AG

And Congrats to Leisa Eastman on the completion of her USA Cycling Level 3 Coaching Certification!


October News

I’m starting this recap with the scoop on our impressive final weekend of September…

Tiffany Nunnally (a first-timer!), Marty Hufstetler (a 3rd-timer!) and Clayton Moss (a 7-timer!) completed the longest Ironman race in existence, at Ironman Chattanooga… and Lance Parker completed his first Ironman 70.3 race at Augusta. Everyone posted impressive race times, with Clayton posting a 48 minute swim, Marty posting a sub-6 hour bike, Tiffany beating both Marty and Clayton in the Marathon, and Lance meeting all of his goals for his most daunting raceday to date. We’re so proud of these athletes, and so grateful for all the RCTC SUPERFANS who tracked, cheered and helped these guys prepare!

Just a reminder, for anyone participating or volunteering in any official IRONMAN event… Our club can earn points for every member who participates under our name. When you sign up for these events, please indicate that you’re a member of club 2838/Rose City Tri Club. When you arrive on race weekend, please check in at the club tent to confirm that you were added to their list properly. They’ve had some confusion with record keeping, and some of our folks are getting missed.

Since that exciting Ironman weekend, we added new members, Christian (13) + Jesse Stewart (8).

Team Eastman tackled 6-Gap.

John + Susan Bennett and Jim Simpson participated in the Dixie Cream Donut Dash.

Jim Simpson welcomed a grandson.

Bobby Miller, Melody Gunter (1st Place Masters), Chad Johnson (1st Place AG) and Joe Gunter (1st Place Masters) had a great showing at the inaugural Brookwood Warrior Run.

Steve Powell represented at the Hahira Honeybee Festival 5K.

This morning is Tri The Rez, and we have a handful of Winged Warriors on the course, including:
Lacey + JT Harrison
Bill + Conley Wilhelm
Joy Knop
Alison Conklin
Leisa, Max + Wade Eastman

If I’m correct, JT and Conley are both racing the Olympic, and this is Conley’s first Olympic distance tri.

The Jack O’Lantern Jog is coming up quickly…next Saturday the 18th. Please support Thomas County Elementary Schools and come on out!!! To register, click HERE.

On October 20th, our young-and-mighty RCTC’er Rose Webb leaves for Basic Training for the Georgia National Guard / Military Police. Please wish her luck, everyone!

Joe Porter, Tony Sheffield and Jim Simpson have a big race coming up at IRONMAN Florida in November. And Mike Rome has his big show coming up in Miami, so please keep up the great SUPERFAN cheering!

If any beginner-speed RCTC’ers are looking to improve their bike skills, Renee is heading out for super-easy post-partum bike rides on Saturday mornings. If you’ve been intimidated to ride with a more experienced cyclist—or simply too busy to train—now is the chance to hop on while the pace is cruising at a non-threatening 16 mph. Hone your shifting skills, practice drinking and eating while in motion, not falling down when clipped in… and come prepared to change a tube if one should flat. This is a great way to learn and get faster. Let me know if you want to ride!

Looking ahead to 2015 (yes, already!)…

If you’re interested in SPONSORING RCTC for 2015, we’ll be reserving space on our teamwear soon. Money will be due in December. Be on the lookout for the teamwear Advertising Flyer, soon to be released.

If you’d like to ORDER teamwear for 2015, we’ll be placing our order in December, before the holidays again. We’ll also do our best to arrange for you to check out the fit kits again before orders are collected.

If you’re planning to RENEW your RCTC membership, fees will be due in January. If you joined after September 1, 2014, you will not owe new fees for 2015.

We’re looking to early/mid-December for our end-of-season party, too. So please stay tuned!

Stay tuned for exact dates; we’ll share when we get the details ironed out.

If there’s anything you would like to see happen in 2015 that we are not doing now, this is the time to tell us, so we can plan ahead. So please post/email/text.

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 ooShirts.com 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: susanstockstill@gmail.com (+ copy jsanders3027@yahoo.com) 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 club.seminole@gmail.com or 772-486-2460 (cell) OR Annie Bowman at annie@revtricoaching.com


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: susanstockstill@gmail.com (+ copy jsanders3027@yahoo.com) 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 club.seminole@gmail.com or 772-486-2460 (cell) OR Annie Bowman at annie@revtricoaching.com.


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: susanstockstill@gmail.com (+ copy jsanders3027@yahoo.com) 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 asparker08@gmail.com.

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 jeffreydrawdy@gmail.com.

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!!!