RCTC Brings Home Hardware at GA Veterans Sprint 2017

The GA Veterans Sprint Triathlon may very well be one of RCTC’s favorite race each year and the 2017 race delivered in true fashion yet again. The slightly overcast Saturday morning with a light breeze provided excellent racing and spectating conditions. Add to the fun with a little post race barbeque with friends and family and you have a truly memorable race weekend. Congrats to all our 2017 GA Veterans Sprint Finishers!

Brianna Prinsloo, 3rd Overall Female
Martha Sipp Murray, 1st in Age Group
Joy Knop, 2nd Overall Athena
Colin Prinsloo, 3rd Overall Male
Jim Simpson, 1st in Age Group
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RCTC Athlete Spotlight: Tiffany Nunnally at IRONMAN 70.3 Gulf Coast

“My racing accomplishments will never define who I AM, but simply something I can DO.  If I lost my legs tomorrow or could never race again my worth would not decrease and my identity would not be shaken because my worth comes from God alone. The character traits of perseverance, consistency, endurance, patience, hopefulness, and diligence are now rooted deep inside me because of the process of training and racing.  Courage and boldness have replaced fear and intimidation. I’m so thankful that I can draw from these experiences and apply these lessons to every area of my life.”

-Tiffany Nunnally

I have had the honor and privilege to train with Tiffany over the past several years. We have shared stories and laughter, joy and tears through many miles swam, biked, and run. We have stood side by side at several race starts and hugged through tears at race finishes. I am honored that she was willing to take the time to share her recent and perhaps last long race experience for little while.

In Tiff’s words….

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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…

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!

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.

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!


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.)

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!!!


July News + GA Vets Tri

Greetings, Winged Warriors!

Please welcome our newest member, Tracy Davis!!!

A huge congrats to all of our members who’ve been out there training and racing in this crazy-intense heat this past month. I can’t keep up, but here are a few I can recall…

RCTC had an impressive showing at Encounter 5K, including performances by Conley Wilhelm, Duane Joiner, Jeff Drawdy, John Wheeler, Lance Parker, Chad Johnson, John Bennett, Joy Knop, Beverly Hamilton, Al Whatley, plus (1-mile fun runners) Blease, Callaway + Charlee Conklin and whoever else I missed. What an outstanding showing!!!


We also had a sizable team showing at Freedom Springs Triathlon, including:
Jen Bendewish, Lori Richardson, Tiffany Nunnally, Paul Pickles, Melissa Thompson, Marty Hufstetler, Katina, Christian and Jesse Stewart. Anyone else?

A handful of RCTC’ers raced the DRCSports Jax #2, including Duane Joiner, John Wheeler, Angie Bruhl and Lance Parker. Congrats, all!

Congrats to Jesse Stewart, Kenna Ponder, and Blease, Callaway and Charlee Conklin on their raceday performances at the Tally Youth Tri Series Splash & Dash! It was Charlee’s first multisport race, and we’re proud of her for conquering her fear and making it a great day!

Leisa and Ed Eastman conquered IRONMAN CANADA! Anyone who competes where there’s been snow the prior day is absolutely amazing!!!


Meanwhile, Beverly Hamilton and Chad Johnson continued collecting running hardware from the Gulfwinds trail series, Susan Bennett dodged sharks at Shell Point, and Lori Richardson encountered dolphins in PCB… Coach Jill Tacbacchi made Kids Tri Camp a success and was joined by mini-members Mallory Bennett, Lola Parker and Jay Harrison. Everyone has been very busy! If I forgot your event, please message me or post below.

Upcoming Event: August 8
Cordele / Georgia Veterans Triathlon
Please post if you’re racing. If my notes are correct, I think we have about 28 members racing… I have the following on my list, but please let me know of any corrections. And please plan to take a group shot post-race!
Jeff Drawdy
JT + Lacey Harrison
Team Wilhelm
Team Eastman
Team Garcia
Team Stewart
Team Moss + Rick
Melissa Thompson
Angie Bruhl
Team Bennett
Billy Webb
Marty Hufstetler
Joy Knop
Jen Bendewish
Parrish David
Paul Pickles
Stephen Sullivan
Jason Jacobs

Big thanks to Georgia Multisports for giving our club a terrific entry fee discount again this season!

Upcoming Event: August 8
Cordele: Post-Race Stuff-yer-face.
11:30 am. All members + immediate family welcome.
If you forgot to RSVP, please bring $10 per family with you, and please give me a heads up that you’ll be attending (immediately!).

Looking forward to seeing all of you there. Don’t forget…if you want an adult beverage, please bring that. And big thanks to Joy, Melody, Susan and JoAnne for helping to plan and organize this event!

Upcoming Event: August 8
Jacksonville / DRCSports Jax Sprint/Olympic #3
Good luck to Alison Conklin and Lance Parker this weekend!
Shout out to to DRCSports for giving our club entry fee discounts again this season!

Have a race coming up? Let us know. Post below or post to Facebook!

RCTC is looking for a member to step up and take over the monthly blog posts detailing race/clinic recaps and upcoming events.

Our outstanding club has grown by leaps and bounds these past 3 seasons, and we’re so proud of you all. But I can no longer cover so many bases.

Please volunteer if you’d like to continue to see updates on the website. Thank you!!!

March News

If you missed last week’s Scott Rigsby event (or his follow up appearances at VFC), you seriously missed out. What an inspirational, down-to-earth person with a fascinating story to share! We thank Scott for spending time with us, and we thank the Nunnallys for giving us a venue for our event. To learn more about Scott or to donate, please visit ScottRigbsy.com and ScottRigsbyFoundation.org. Thanks to Susan for helping at the book signing table, and thanks to everyone for coming out!

If you haven’t picked up your tech tee or gear yet, please let me know when you can stop by. We also have temporary tattoos for raceday in your packets!

We also have just 5 hats and 5 visors left, so if you’d like one, please hurry. Such a limited supply will go quickly!

Please welcome new members Tony Voyles and Paul Pickles, and please welcome back Parrish David, one of our season one members.

Congrats to Leisa Eastman on a spectacular day at the Asheville Marathon 26.2 on the grounds of the Biltmore Estate!

Don’t forget we have an open water clinic coming up this weekend in Tally (with Lifesport) and a triathlon clinic coming up April 18th at Lake Blackshear! Please keep an eye on our calendar and FB page for details.

Enjoy this amazing weather, everyone!!!

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Tomorrow Night: Scott Rigsby!

1. Check out this video!

2. Get pumped.

3. Be there tomorrow night (3/12) to be inspired by this amazing gentleman. Bring your family!

Victory Fellowship Church, Thomasville
6 pm sharp

Mr. Rigsby will be available for book signings and autographs after the event tomorrow night.

Books are $20, and you can pay by cash, check or charge. Checks should be made payable to Scott Rigsby Holdings.

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HUGE thanks to Charlie + Sandy Johnson and Mike Weyant for coming up to Thomasville to school RCTC at yesterday’s SWIM CLINIC. We are so grateful and have already received wonderfully positive feedback on the event. Shout out to TriAttic, Tallahassee Youth Triathlon Series, the Thomasville YMCA and all of RCTC’s 2015 sponsors for making it happen.

Congrats to Jennifer Bendewish, first female finisher at yesterday’s Valdosta Azalea Century.

Congrats to Marty, Chad, Beverly and Tiffany on their performances at the Albany Marathon! And to Ashli for her performance at the Half.

Props to Nancy Moody and Katina Stewart for their performances at the recent Seaside Half and to Morgan and Deann Garcia for theirs at Gasparilla!

Big thanks to Roger from Higher Ground for our Gear Night flat-fixing refresher, and to Kathy from EC3D for demonstrating proper use of select compression gear—and to both of them for giving away a bunch of great raffle prizes! If you weren’t able to pick up your gear, please let us know when you can come grab it.

Congrats to John Thompson on winning a FREE general entry IRONMAN 140.6 at Gear Night and to Stacey Herrin on her win of a FREE Sprint entry, both courtesy of RCTC sponsors!

REMINDER: Scott Rigsby visits us this Thursday night at VFC in Thomasville, starting at 6 pm. Don’t miss this inspirational talk!

Enjoy the photos!

Did we miss your race? Let us know. Post below!

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Event Tomorrow!


Gear Night is tomorrow at Bacchus in Tville at 6 pm.Roger Hawkes from Higher Ground Bicycle Co. will be joining us.
Bring your wheel if you’d like to participate in the FLAT CHANGING CLINIC.
Step over to the bar + buy an adult beverage or two.
Bring the kids.
Prance around in your new threads.
Win an IRONMAN 140.6 entry, courtesy of the best sponsors around.

Just another ordinary night with RCTC.
See you there!

Special Guest, Scott Rigsby


On October 13, 2007, after enduring the elements for 16 hours and 43 minutes, NBC Sports featured Scott Rigsby as he became the first double amputee in the world to finish an Ironman distance triathlon with prosthetics at the 140.6-mile Ford Ironman World Championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.

On March 12, Scott comes to Thomasville to share his Unthinkable story with Rose City Tri Club and friends. This is a community-wide event, presented by Rose City Tri Club and hosted by Victory Fellowship Church. That means you don’t have to be a Winged Warrior to attend.

Save the date.
Be there. And be inspired!

MARCH 12, 2015
6:00 pm
Victory Fellowship Church
19150 Us Highway 19 N, Thomasville, Georgia 31757
(229) 228-5493

Planning to attend?
Let us know! RSVP on the Facebook EVENT PAGE.

SCOTT RIGSBY (www.scottrigsby.com) is a professional speaker whose mission is to encourage people to do more than they thought possible in pursuit of their dreams. Since that incredible day in 2007, over 100,000 people have been inspired by his Unthinkable story through his speaking events, book and video sales, and on the Internet.

Scott grew up near Atlanta, Georgia, where he makes his home today. He has delivered keynote speeches for civic organizations, military, Fortune 1000 companies, churches and schools across the country. He founded The Scott Rigsby Foundation (www.scottrigsbyfoundation.org), a Georgia 501(c)3 nonprofit, to inspire, inform, and enable individuals with loss of limb or mobility to live a healthy, active lifestyle.