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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RCTC Athlete Spotlight: Donica Douglas Williams at IRONMAN 70.3 Florida

“You don’t play triathlon. You play soccer; it’s fun. You play baseball. Triathlon is work that you can leave you crumpled in a heap, puking on the roadside. It’s the physical brutality of climbing Mount Everest without the great view from the top of the world. What kind of person keeps coming back for more of that?” – Chris McCormack

One of the beautiful aspects of the sport of triathlon is learning about the WHY. WHY someone wants to take on that challenge, what it means to them, and what their race experience is like. Donica Douglas Williams took on her first IRONMAN 70.3 Florida in Haines City last weekend and was kind enough to share her race experience and a snapshot of her journey to IRONMAN.

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Thank you + Updates

Thanks to all of our Winged Warriors who came out last night to Paulie’s Pizza for our annual end-of-season SHINDIG. We loved seeing everyone!

If you weren’t able to join us, you were definitely missed. We are grateful to have received so many prize contributions from Higher Ground Bikes, Malory Parker Construction, Capital City Runners and from the RCTC coffers (2015 sponsors), I’m fairly certain that every single member who came out last night took home a prize. And Paul Pickles won the FREE Ironman 140.6 entry, so big congrats to him!

Huge congrats to these award winners, who were recognized with a certificate and DASH Dollars to spend at DASH in Thomasville. (Thanks, Joy!)

MVP – Female: Angie Bruhl
MVP – Male: Colin Prinsloo
Stand-out Family: Team Eastman
The One to Watch / Most Improved: Duane Joiner
Spirit Award: Chad + Beverly Johnson
Volunteer Contributions: Lance + Alison Parker
Inspiration Award: Jim Simpson

And thanks to all the awesome Winged Kids who helped draw names for the raffle!

CUSTOM RACE GEAR:
If you haven’t yet submitted your 2XU gear order form and payment, please do so by December 11. You can drop them at Dash in the RCTC mailbox or mail/drop them at 109 Imperial. There will be time to specify tech tee sizes and order hats/visors in January.

NEWS: I overlooked Paul Pickles in my last recap, and I apologize for that. Paul recently ran a Half Marathon in Las Vegas!

Also, we gained two new members last night: Brianna Prinsloo + Daniel Arlotto. Welcome!!!

Coming up in 2016… In an effort to give our members a more well-rounded experience in 2016, we’ve asked several very accomplished members to take on larger leadership roles within the club. And we’re so grateful they accepted!!!

Beginning in January, Chad + Beverly Johnson will take charge of running-related trainings and clinics.

Chris Stroh will take charge of cycling-related clinics.

Angie Bruhl + JT Harrison will take charge of swim clinics.

We are incredibly excited to have their insight, ideas and support! It’s going to be a terrific 2016! If you have requests or ideas to share, please message us!

Now check out the gallery!

September News

We have a big race weekend coming up, so please join us in wishing the following athletes a fantastic Ironman Augusta 70.3:
KATINA STEWART
JOHN WHEELER
DUANE JOINER
CHRIS WHITE
ANGIE BRUHL
MATT CORLEY
COLIN PRINSLOO

Congrats to the following RCTC’ers who participated at the TCT Swim in Lake Park:
JT Harrison (3.5 mile swim, 3rd overall)
Katina Stewart (1 mile)
Christian Stewart (1 mile)
Lori Richardson (1 mile)
Stacey Herrin (1 mile)
Melissa Thompson (1 mile)
Angie Bruhl (1 mile, with toddler on her back!)
Colin Prinsloo (1 mile)
Alison Cohenour (1 mile)

Shout out to our racers who competed at Beach Blast, including:
Melissa Thompson (2nd place AG, Olympic)
Morgan Garcia (3rd place AG)
Deann Garcia
Marty Hufstetler
Joy Knop (3rd place AG)

Congrats to Billy Webb, who scored a 3rd place AG award at the Hot Dam Olympic Tri.

Big props to some little athletes who raced at the last Tally YTS race:
Charlotte Harrison (3rd place AG, 1st triathlon — just 5 years old!)
Jay Harrison
Callaway Conklin
Blease Conklin

Huge thanks to these guys for representing at the September 11th Climb to Remember:
Lance Parker
Tiffany Nunnally
John Wheeler
Melissa Thompson

Congrats to these athletes for their performances at the Stars + Stripes 6K:
Beverly Hamilton (1st place overall female)
Chad Johnson (2nd place AG, 4th overall)
Tiffany Nunnally  (1st place AG)
John Wheeler (3rd place AG)

And again the following weekend, Bev scored another 1st place overall female award and Chad a 1st place AG at the Quail Trail 5K.

Local Races, Upcoming…
OCTOBER 10 – Brookwood’s 2nd Annual Warrior Run 5K and Fun Run
OCTOBER 17 – Joey Maxwell Memorial 5K Run/Walk

We’re also looking ahead to Ironman Louisville—just weeks away—where Lance Parker will tackle his first Ironman 140.6, and Clayton and Morgan will also compete.

Shout out to Chad + Bev on their recent engagement and to Lori Richardson on her future baby triathlete!

If I overlooked your race, please post below or message me. Check out the gallery!

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!!!

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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!!!

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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!!!

May News

Good afternoon, Winged Warriors!

Before month end, we need to sneak in a quick update…especially for those that don’t follow us on Facebook!

We kicked off the month with a Mother’s Day weekend LADIES-ONLY relay in Panama City Beach at Gulf Coast Triathlon 70.3, starring Renee Moss (swim), Susan Bennett (bike), and Melody Gunter (run). The ladies brought home a 2nd place relay award. Member Angie Bruhl also competed and scored a 3rd place award. And congrats to support partner, Jon Manry of Capital City Runners for capturing a 2nd place relay award as well!

John Thompson, Marty Hufstetler and Morgan Garcia had a terrific day at Ironman Chattanooga 70.3, and teammate Jim Simpson had a rough day nutritionally, dropping out during the run after posting a speedy bike time!

Jennifer Bendewish became the IRONMAN we always knew she was, in Texas, that very same weekend. Congrats, Jen!

The boys headed down to Crystal River for another great DRCSports Sprint, where Jeff Drawdy snagged some 3rd place Clydesdale bling, and John Wheeler and Clayton Moss snagged 5th place AG awards. Duane Joiner also posted a fast and impressive day on the course. Renee DNS due to Montezuma’s Revenge. Or something like it. Meanwhile, Drawdy ran around shirtless and pumping his fists so much, we all thought he was Chad Johnson.

After killing it as Lead Cheerleader in Crystal River, Lance Parker went on to place 5th overall at the Crisp County Kiwanis Club Memorial Day 8k. Great job, Lance!

A pack of Winged Warriors went down to Beach Blast in late April and collected their share of hardware, as well. Bill, Kristi and Conley Wilhelm all captured first place AG awards, and Chris Stroh and Melissa Thompson snagged some bling as well!

In other news, Jay Harrison is training like a beast for his first race of this season this coming Sunday at the Tally Youth Tri Series event. If I did as many bricks as this kid does, I’d sleep for days. I think he’s just trying to keep up with his mom, Lacey Harrison, who recently brought home her own 1st place AG award from the Jekyll Island Turtle Crawl sprint.

If you blinked, you might have missed the Bulldog Dash 5K, where RCTC had an impressive showing, and Chad Johnson and Beverly Hamilton took home more awards for their almost-collapsing award shelves, which are, quite frankly, bogged down from their Gnat Days awards… Especially Beverly’s overall female trophy, which was almost as big as her body.

Just for the record, Charlee Ann Conklin was also at the Bulldog Dash, scoring a much-deserved medal.

If we missed anyone else (and I’m sure we did), please post below. We’re so proud to have so many incredible athletes competing out there, and we can hardly keep up. Please continue to text/email race results to Renee or post them directly to our FB page so we can continue to cheer you on!

If you missed it, RCTC’s Joy Knop bought DASH in Thomasville and is now offering a 10% discount to anyone showing a valid Member ID.

Speaking of members, we’re proud to announce the addition of 3 new members! They are: Robin Cartright, Allison Cohenour and Karen Sasine! Welcome, ladies!!!

Here’s a random gallery of collective awesomeness. Enjoy!!!

Bike Decals

If you joined us early in the season, you received a customized RCTC bike decal like this one… bearing your name.

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If you joined a bit later (or if you just love decals) you can still secure your own personal set at a minimal cost… Decorate your helmet, your bike, your surf board, and even your Trapper Keeper!

Order here.

Madison Racers, Good Luck!

We are absolutely THRILLED to have 16 club members registered for tomorrow’s North Florida Sprint/Olympic distance race in Madison, Florida! We wish the following folks a safe, fun and successful race! Don’t forget to take/share pictures!

Jennifer Bendewish
Jeffrey Drawdy
Melody Gunter
Beverly Hamilton
Marty Hufstetler
Clayton Moss
Renee Moss
Rick Moss
Tiffany Nunnally
Steve Powell
Lori Richardson
Taylor Shiver
John Thompson
Bill Wilhelm
Conley Wilhelm
Kristi Wilhelm

Post-Race BBQ

Hey Members! Whether you’re racing or spectating, please come on out to Cherry Lake for a post-race barbecue. Bring your families!
Saturday, May 4, 2013 | 11 am
3861 NE Cherry Lake Circle, Madison, FL 32340

We’ll supply charcoal, plates, napkins, utensils, condiments for burgers… plus water/Gatorade. You bring whatever you’d like to grill+eat, plus any extra ‘hydration’ you desire.

Anyone who’d like to bring food or beverages to share is welcome to post here.
Jennifer is bringing RAINBOW PASTA SALAD (w/cherry tomatoes & salami). Get in the potluck spirit! What are YOU bringing?

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This is a lovely park with a dock, lots of shade, plumbing and hot water showers. Weather permitting, it can be a great place to get our post-race feeding frenzy on and recount our race-day stories.

Please RSVP by Saturday, April 27 , via the Facebook event or to Renee.

If you’re interested in accommodations at the park, please contact Neva Baltzell at the 4-H camp at 850-929-4429 or cherrylake4-h@ufl.edu.

AND if you’re still considering this race, PLEASE REGISTER HERE! Here’s why:

(1) It’s local… Shorter drive, no hotel $$ + more sleep!
(2) There are 2 distances to choose from.
(3) You’ll be surrounded by friends to cheer you on! As of today we have 14 competing, plus more spectating…
(4) Aforementioned post-race club BBQ.
(5) Aforementioned flushing toilets + hot water showers. Luxury! 🙂

See you at the race!