Happy Memorial Day Weekend!

We’d like to welcome two new members, Kyle June and Rosalie White!

Congrats to Jo Curry, Matt Corley, Colin Prinsloo, Morgan Garcia and Leisa Eastman on the completion of Ironman Chattanooga 70.3 last weekend! Shout out to Morgan for a speedy swim time of 27:54!

Congrats also to Chad and Beverly Johnson on their performances at Gulf Winds Trail Series Race #1. Beverly finished as 6th female and is currently second in AG standings after this first race in the series. Chad placed 11th overall (9th male) and is currently 1st in AG standings. Great job, guys!

Good luck to Katina Stewart, Joy Knop and  Rosalie White, all racing DRCSports Crystal River #1 this weekend. Is anyone else racing this weekend? Let us know.

And don’t forget to complete Leisa’s handy form on the FB private page by Tuesday morning, so we can share your results with the group.

Thanks, all!

Heavy.

It’s clear our awards shelves are getting pretty heavy. So congrats! RCTC has had another fantastic few weeks, and we are so proud! Here’s the recap:

The weekend of April 23rd, Angie Bruhl claimed the overall female win at the Lake Minneola Sunset Triathlon. Congrats, Angie! Cole + Stephen Sullivan raced an event, too…What was it, guys?

The weekend of April 30th was action packed. Charlee + Callaway Conklin and Jay + Charlotte Harrison competed in the fun-filled Tallahassee Youth Triathlon series (#1), and it was Charlee’s first official Tri. Charlee placed 3rd in her AG. It was Charlotte’s 2nd Tri, but her first without training wheels, y’all! Girl’s moving up in the world, and she snagged a 3rd place AG award to boot! Jay and Callaway were both ‘aged up’ to a (50 yards) longer swim than they’d done previously, so it was a successful raceday all around.

Donica Williams ran the Nashville Rock + Roll Half Marathon with a whopping 30,000 runners. She had a blast running for St. Jude’s.

Al Whatley and Beverly + Chad Johnson competed at Be Dave Brave. Chad brought home an overall win in the 10K and Bev and Al both scored 1st place AG awards in the 5K. Way to go, guys!

At the Tyler Carter Duathlon, Leisa Eastman, Melissa Thompson, Colin + Brianna Prinsloo and Grady Smith showed up and showed out! Grady with the overall win, Melissa as first female overall, and then matching 2nd place overall awards (1st place AG) for Team Prinsloo, while Leisa snagged a 2nd place AG award as well. Amazing!

The weekend of Mother’s Day brought lots of fun Winged Warrior news, as well. Angie Bruhl finally stopped running long enough to get caught…and got engaged! The Mosses opened their Farmer’s Daughter Tasting Room in downtown Thomasville!  Leisa Eastman scored a 1st place AG award at the Calloway Gardens Duathlon! Grady Smith took home the overall win at the Marzuq Shriners 5K! Morgan Garcia‘s Gulf Coast Triathlon relay team took home a first place win!

WHY AM I SHOUTING!? I can’t help it! This is EXCITING stuff!!!

The days are getting hotter and longer, but Team RCTC doesn’t appear to be slowing down any. Last weekend brought along another armload of hardware…

Melissa Thompson clinched the overall win at the Gnat Days 5K, while old man Johnson (we mean Chad) grabbed the Masters win. His bride, Beverly, scored a first place AG award, while Paul Pickles and Donica Williams brought home 3rd place AG awards. Way to go, everyone!

Since Paul Pickles can’t sit still, he also won a 2nd place AG award at the Jackie Robinson 5K, same weekend. Billy Webb also never sat still.

Not to be outdone by their SuperStar kids, JT + Lacey Harrison threw down the gauntlet and zipped over to Jekyll Island, where the pair completed in the Turtle Crawl Olympic Triathlon (Lacey’s first at that distance!) and brought home some new perfectly matched bookends—1st place Athena and Clydesdale awards. Nice work, you two!

We had a great meeting with City of Thomasville engineer Jerry Pionessa on Monday night to discuss plans for future BIKE LANES. Hooray! Stephen Sullivan and Lance Parker won FREE Race Entries to DRCSports Jax and Crystal River #3. Thanks to everyone for coming out, and to Clayton for organizing.

And last but not least, a suddenly-mostly-grown-up Conley Wilhelm signed with Piedmont College to run Cross-Country! Where did the last 4 years go? We’re proud of you, Conley!!!

Thanks to everyone for sharing results and photos on the Private FB page. And thanks to Leisa Eastman and Grady Smith for coordinating and putting a tool in place. We appreciate you!!!

Now, check the pix!

 

 

 

 

 

Props, Racers!

Good morning and Happy Monday!
Huge thanks to Leisa Eastman for stepping up yet again as a leader and helping our fantastic club…by gathering race results for the last couple of weekends and sharing them with me for this write up. If you receive a FB friend invite from Leisa or notice you’ve been added to a private group for RCTC on Facebook, that’s all part of her plan to make this a smoother process for all. So, THANKS, LEISA!

ALSO, please bookmark this form and submit it by the Monday following any race weekend, so we can keep track of (and share!) your results.

Here’s what we have, and its a ton, so enjoy. And please post if you were overlooked so we can add you. Great job, everybody!!!

Congrats to TEAM Prinsloo for their performances at the Du Woody Tri. Colin and Brianna had a great race, and Brianna captured First Overall Female. WOW!

Congrats to Paul Pickles for completing the Star Wars 1/2 Marathon and to Renee Moss for completing the Kill Cliff Destin Half Marathon.

Holla! Chris Stoh competed at the Southeast Region Sprint Duathlon championship and brought home a 2nd place AG award.

Team Bennett (x4) showed out at the Sopchoppy Race, and everyone brought home an age group award. What a fun family memory for Susan, John, Mallory and Andrew!

Congrats to Paul Pickles, Lance Parker and Marty Hufstetler on their finishes at the Ironman Florida 70.3 Haines City. Jim Simpson wasn’t able to finish due to an asthma attack during the swim, but he has recovered and is ready to race again in June with DRCSports!

Chad (4th AG) and Beverly Johnson (5th place AG) snagged more hardware for their already-crumbling-under-the-weight-of-so-many-trophies mantle at the Palace Saloon 5K.

The water was chilly(!), but Al + Jo Curry, Leisa + Wade Eastman, Tiffany Nunnally and Grady Smith made appearances at the Red Hills Sprint Tri. Jo and Grady secured 1st Place AG awards, Wade a 3rd AG (despite a flat!), and Tiffany a 4th AG. Way to go, guys!

Morgan Garcia, Leisa Eastman and Grady Smith zipped on over to the Big Easy to respresent RCTC at Ironman 70.4 NOLA, and all made us proud with their big smiles and great performances. Grady slayed the course with a blazing fast time, securing a qualifying spot for the 70.3 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS in Australia. (YES, you’re reading that right.) We have goose bumps just thinking about it. Perhaps we need to tag along and cheer him on down under!!!

Tiffany Nunnally sneaked over to the Toughman Challenge 70.3 for a peaceful, easy-going half Iron-distance event with her trusty sherpa, and took many smiling photos of a great time (despite 62 degree water).

RCTC made a killer appearance at Beach Blast in Mexico Beach again, and the awards list is so stacked up, we have to leave it in list form for you!…
Kristi Wilhelm: Sprint Female Master Overall Winner
Brad Hinson: Sprint Clydesdale Masters Winner
Chris Stroh: Duathlon Overall Winner
Bill Wilhelm: Sprint, 2nd AG
Joy Knop: Olympic, 2nd AG (+ completion of her first race at this distance!)
Susan Bennett: Olympic, 2nd AG
Marty Hufstetler: Olympic, 3rd AG
John Bennett
Chris White, 3rd AG

{Y’all, rub your eyes and take a breath, because there’s more…}

Yesterday, and St. Anthony’s (Olympic) Triathlon in St. Petersburg, FL, RCTC was respresented by Melissa Thompson (top-10 finish, racing ladies elite!), Colin Prinsloo (2nd place AG) and Super-Brianna Prinsloo.

Wade Eastman (all grins) snagged a win at the Albany Road Race like the baddie that he is. Nice job, buddy!

We had a terrific showing at the Rose City Run 10K, including notable performances by the following teammates:
Conley Wilhelm
Chad Johnson (PR)
Lance Parker, 4th AG (PR)
Stephen Sullivan
Duane Joiner
Beverly Johnson, 2nd AG
Paul Pickles
Alison Parker
Deann Garcia
Robin Cartwright (PR)
Todd Handscom
Katina + Christian Stewart
Anyone else?

And big shout out to COLE SULLIVAN for winning the Rose City 1-mile with a 6:06!

Check out the gallery here!

April NEWS!

Hi Team!

I apologize that I haven’t done any website updates in a few weeks. We welcomed new member and runner DONICA WILLIAMS. And we’ve had many folks run some spectacular races…

RACE RECAP:
Robin Cartright
ran the Publix Savannah Half Marathon.

Kristopher Wilhelm represented RCTC at the Heritage Run and brought home a trophy bigger than his head!

Joy Knop + Katina Stewart (relay) and John and Susan Bennett ran the Bainbridge Half Marathon.

Leisa Eastman ran the Chattahoochee Challenge Off-Road Duathlon (1st Place AG!).

Chad Johnson, Beverly Hamilton, Chris White and John Wheeler slayed the Albany Marathon. Tiffany Nunnally, Brianna and Colin Prinsloo (1st place AG!), and Morgan Garcia ran the Half.

If you ran Springtime Tallahassee, please message me so I can add you!

Lance Parker, Paul Pickles, Marty Hufstetler and Jim Simpson are resting up for Ironman 70.3 Florida / Haines City Sunday. Wish ’em luck!

UPCOMING:
The new Georgia Multisports sprint in Adel ( A Southern Tri) is coming up May 15. Please save the date for this great local event and the post-race festivities, currently being planned by Alison Parker and Brianna Prinsloo.

Thanks in advance to Susan Bennett and Alison Parker for stepping up to plan the Cordele/GA Vets post-race BBQ in August.

We just received some race discount codes thanks to Georgia Multisports and DRCSports, so check your inbox (or spam) for an updated list I sent last week.

YMCA Kids Triathlon Camp is set for July 18-21 at Butler-Mason YMCA.

FREE RACES:
JT Harrison just handled a terrific RCTC Swim Clinic for us, so we’ve rewarded him with a FREE RACE Entry to DRCSports Jax #2 (his choice). Thanks, JT! If you missed the clinic, you missed a lot of fun and some great prizes, courtesy of DASH!

Since Chad + Beverly Johnson put on a great RCTC Run Clinic, we rewarded them with a FREE RACE Entry to DRCSports Crystal River #2 (Bev is racing it!).

And we just did a drawing for the DRCSports Crystal River Sprint #1 FREE RACE Entry, which goes to KATINA STEWART! Thanks to my assistant for choosing a name!

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We have THREE more FREE RACE entries to give away. If you want them, please message us with the details of which one you want and why. We have Jax #1 + #3 and Crystal River #3 available. A great way to secure a free race is to volunteer! (hint, hint.)

RCTC’S FUTURE:
It’s time for me (Renee) to take a step back where RCTC is concerned. I’ll remain active as funds-juggler, designer/apparel handler, webmaster and administrative hole-filler but clinic, meeting, ride/run and event planning will now be left in the hands of our very capable VOLUNTEERS. We are incredibly grateful for everyone’s help! If you want to get involved, please let us know. We will find a role for you.:)

  • Chris Stroh is in charge of CYCLING clinics.
  • Chad + Beverly Johnson are in charge of RUN clinics.
  • JT Harrison + Angie Bruhl are in charge of SWIM clinics.
  • Alison Parker handles SOCIAL EVENT Planning. She will be supported by Brianna + Susan and anyone else who’d like to help.
  • Lance Parker handles AD SALES + SPONSORSHIPS.
  • Joy Knop handles gear distribution, new member set-up and helps with calendar updates.

PLEASE HELP! We are in need of someone to gather monthly race results and plans and write (or help write) these recaps, as well. I fear that doing this mostly myself is unfair to this incredible team, as I am likely overlooking some achievements along the way. Please let us know if you can help!

We would also like to get back to scheduling regular BIKE RIDES + RUNS, which can easily be posted to Facebook and to the website calendar. Please volunteer! Your club needs you.

If you joined RCTC and didn’t receive your tech tee (while supplies last), auto decals or member ID, please check in with DASH/JOY KNOP after next Wednesday.

If I’ve overlooked anything, please let me know. Thanks, all! Enjoy this gorgeous weather!!!

 

February News.

Good afternoon, Team RCTC!

Big thanks to Chad and Beverly Johnson for a great run clinic yesterday. And thanks to everyone who came out and took part in a great interval workout, including the Conklin kids!

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Congrats to Grady Smith on back-to-back hardware this weekend…Saturday: 6th overall (3rd AG) at the Flash 12K, and Sunday: A blazing fast 16:55 time and a win at the FSU Medical Response Unit 5K!

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And if you haven’t heard, big shout out to Melissa Thompson (4th overall female) and Chad Johnson (1st place AG) on their Boston-Qualifying performances at the Tally Marathon. Congrats also to finishers Chris White and Duane Joiner (full) and John Wheeler, Grady Smith (1st place AG), and Paul Pickles (half). Shout out to Teresa White and Jodi Wheeler for hitting the course as well!

Congrats to Deann Garcia and Robin Cartright on a great run at the Run for the Cookies 5K and to Colin Prinsloo on a lightening fast 18:18 5K at the Valdosta State University Cross Country Team Road Race.

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Quick reminder: Swim Clinic on March 12, hosted by JT Harrison, open water swimmer extraordinaire! For more info, check out the website calendar and the FB event pages.

Thanks, all!
Keep us posted on your races!

 

 

2XU Custom Teamwear

Hi Team!

Just a quick reminder that all 2XU custom gear is at DASH, ready for pick-up, along with FREE tech tees for all paid members, plus auto decals and member IDs.

There are a few extra RCTC apparel items for sale at DASH, so go get ’em while they last!

Reminders:

Run Clinic at 10:30 this Saturday hosted by Chad Johnson, Boston Qualifier! Woo!
(Shout out to Melissa Thompson for also qualifying!)

Swim Clinic on March 12, hosted by JT Harrison, open water swimmer extraordinaire!

For more info, check out the website calendar and the FB event pages.

Thanks, all!

Updates

Hi Team RCTC!

Thanks to everybody for coming out last night. If you missed our event, you can pick up MemberIDs, car decals and your FREE tech tees at DASH during normal business hours.

HUGE thanks to Chris Stroh for organizing the Clinic!

Congratulations to Lacey Harrison, winner of the FREE BIKE FIT from Higher Ground Bicycles. Thanks to Roger and Higher Ground for coming out last night and for donating the FITTING.

Congrats to Tom Cornish, Bill Wilhelm, Conley Wilhelm, Alison Parker, Kenna Ponder and John Bennett, all winners of running/cycling merch courtesy of DASH. Thanks to Joy Knop and DASH for contributing.

Thanks to our sponsor BACCHUS for providing us with a meeting location. And thanks to all of our sponsors for making these fab new tech tees possible, including Sherri and the crew at SKYLINE Graphics for printing them locally on the rush for us, and for doing so with nothing but smiles, hugs and dedication to quality.

We have two more clinics coming up soon, and our 2XU gear could be here by next week. So stay with us for more details!

RUNNING, hosted by Chad Johnson
February 20
10:30 am at Tville High Track

SWIMMING, hosted by JT Harrison
March 12
1-3 pm at EM YMCA, downtown

Thanks, all!

 

2016 Gear

Our 2XU custom teamwear is expected to deliver on or about February 10-12. Once it delivers, it will be available for pick-up at Dash during store business hours.

Hats and Visors are in production from Headsweats. If you forgot to preorder, you will also be able to buy these at Dash. They’re black with reflective piping and embroidered logo. Very nice!

Auto decals are in and will be available with your Member IDs at the February 2 Clinic.

Tech tees are on order. Thanks to all of you for helping get those sizes in!

Save These Dates for awesome upcoming clinics, please!

CYCLING, hosted by Chris Stroh
February 2
6:30 pm at Bacchus

RUNNING, hosted by Chad Johnson
February 20
10:30 am at Tville High Track

SWIMMING, hosted by JT Harrison
March 12
1-3 pm at EM YMCA, downtown

Stay toasty!

SAVE THE DATE: Cycling Clinic!

Tuesday, February 2
6:30 pm
Bacchus, Thomasville

Thanks to Cycling Leader Chris Stroh for planning this event!

Come hone your handling skills! Learn about:
Bike Position/Improving Efficiency

Grab your own adult beverage if you wish…
And enter the raffle for a FREE HIGHER GROUND Bike Fit!

Pick up for 2016 Member ID and Auto Decals!
Please RSVP by January 25 so we have a head count.

Thanks, all!