Run for the Reapers: TriCoachGeorgia May 2016 Update
As the calendar turned from April to May, the athletes of TriCoachGeorgia and TriKidsGeorgia started to turn their sights to several races across the Southeast. And their momentum grew proportionally to their strong performances.
The month kicked off with the Go Race Productions weekend series at Tall Pines. The weekend consists of an Olympic distance race on Saturday and a Sprint distance race on Sunday. The Reapers were well represented on Saturday as CJ O’Mara, Ingo McLean, Candace Kimbrell, Chris Cosby, Troy Garland, Will Boling, Amy Del Guercio and BJ Danson all competed. Many of them saw the podium after putting up stellar performances.
On Sunday, many of the youth team came to race individually or in a relay. Jack Hayes, Harry Duncan, Jack Stansell, Ben Waltman, Keaton Tsepas, Ellie Gayer, Amy Gayer and Addie Hayes all raced hard and enjoyed having teammates to compete with and against. The Reapers Relay team of Simon Casey, Isaac Hayes and Jake Gayer came prepared to win the relay division against teams made up of adults. The preparation they made lead to a win in the relay division. The adults were represented by Seth Waltman, Becky Waltman, Julie Gayer, Chris Cosby, Candace Kimbrell, Chef Hav Usry (TV star on the Food Network) in his first race for the team, Richard Nasser, Jon Lunn, new team member Amy Del Guercio, and Amy Peavy Smith. TCGa was well represented on the podiums on Sunday.
While some of the reapers were racing at Tall Pines, other team members were completing their final preparations for Ironman Chattanooga 70.3. Team members started to arrive on Thursday. More members arrived on Friday and spent the evening together at Chattanooga Brewing Company. A great time was had by all on Friday and it will be a night many will not forget anytime soon. The final team members arrived on Saturday for the Sunday race.
During the awards ceremony, TriCoachGeorgia was announced as the first place winner of division 4 of the Ironman Triclub points series. TCGa had over 50 team members racing, being a volunteer, Sherpa or spectator cheering everyone on as they competed. Too many members raced to discuss each person’s race, but there were several outstanding races.
Dani Jordan, in her first half ironman with TCGa, competed and set a 20 minute personal best at the distance. Dr. Dick Thompson, aka Terminator, took home a fifth place finish. He received a spot in the 70.3 World Championships in Australia too. Finally, our new friend of the team Sebastian Kienle won the overall race and as he entered the finishers shoot did the Slayer hand gesture that the team is known for.
While Chattanooga was a one day race, Chad and Candace Kimbrell drove from Augusta, GA to Ohio to compete in the epic and iconic American Triple T triathlon. This race consists of a sprint distance race on Friday, 2 Olympic distance races on Saturday and a half ironman race on Sunday. Each racer gets points for each race and after the final race, awards are given for overall performances in the series. With her stellar performances, Candace placed second overall for the women. Chad raced hard and received many compliments for competing in the races with his single chain ring set up on his Shiv.
At the inaugural Mountains to Mainstreet Triathlon and Festival in Greenville, SC Chris Keysor, Dr. Brad Shephard, Paul McGinty, Anna Vukin and Dr. Peter Schriver competed in this new half ironman race. The race consisted of a 1.2 mile wetsuit legal swim, a challenging 56 mile bike and a 13.1 mile run that finished in downtown Greenville. TCGa Coach LW aka Lauren White, supported the athletes and commented that everyone had a great day. Stellar results for the Gator, Chris Keysor, who impressed George Hincapie on the course. George singled him out on the bike course.
In Knoxville, TN at the Knoxville Rev 3 Half Iron distance race, TCGa’s own Joan Jett aka Carrie Giordano, competed on this very challenging course. Prior to the race, Carrie commented on how hard the bike course was going to be with all of the hills and elevation changes. While the course was challenging, Jett did her job and finished second in her age group.
Finally, several members of the kids’ team raced in AAA Super Sprint and Youth Dash and Super Dash in Claremont, Florida. Simon Casey took second place overall in the male non draft legal race against competitors that were significantly older than him. In the 11-12 female division in the youth race, Emma and Jenna Champer took the top 2 spots on the podium. Other team members competing and having great races over the weekend were Carter Fowler, Caiden Fowler, and Mya Champer. All the kids raced hard, had smiles on their faces, cheered for each other and enjoyed an after race meal together.
May has been a very busy month and the June will not slow down for the reapers. The next race for many of the team members is the Go Race Productions, Trybee Sprint Triathlon. The youth team starts swim meets in the month of June, the 3rd Annual Choobs camp in Chattanooga and the month ends with another weekend series of races at the Go Race Series Hartwell YMCA Olympic and Sprint triathlons.
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