Hunter Army Airfield Sprint Triathlon and Duathlon - March 5

Friday, February 25, 2011

On Saturday, March 5, Tominac Fitness Center at Hunter Army Airfield in Savannah plays host to one of Georgia's first triathlons of 2011. The event begins at 11:00 am (finally - a reasonable start time!) and includes a 300-meter pool swim, a 14.4 mile bike ride and a 3.1 mile run. There will also be a duathlon with a one mile run, a 12.4 mile bike ride and a 3.1 mile run.

Registration is open on imAthlete. Active duty military receive a 50% discount by entering the code found on the Savannah Triathlon site and presenting their military identification card at the event.

If received by March 1, registration is $50 for active duty and $85 for all others, while race day fees are $52.50 for active duty and $95 for all others.


SEE-ME Returns to the Concourse Athletic Club Feb. 26

Monday, February 21, 2011

The Southeastern Endurance and Multisport Expo 2011 (SEE-ME 2011) returns on February 26. The event, now in its sixth year, features exhibits and demonstrations from more than 40 multi-sport manufacturers, stores and race organizers. All proceeds benefit the Getting2Tri Foundation, an organization dedicated to training, educating and empowering physically disabled athletes. The Expo floor at the Concourse Athletic Club opens at 1:30 pm.

SEE-ME was founded in 2005 by Mike Lenhart, an accomplished age-group triathlete, and a group of friends who wanted to create an event for the growing Atlanta multisport community.

“About 300 people attended that first year, with only a handful of sponsors. This year we expect more than 1,000 attendees and we sold out of exhibit space two months early,” said Lenhart. “The growth and support from the Atlanta multisport community has been phenomenal.”

One reason for the growth is the ability to bring together vendors and athletes in a fun, free atmosphere. As SEE-ME has grown, organizers have added seminars, a fashion show, and, new for 2011, the SEE-ME Fit Zone.

“All3Sports joined us as a sponsor of this new area, which gives athletes and opportunity to be fitted with everything they need for the racing season,” Lenhart said. “From wetsuits to bike and tri clothing to sports bras, they’ll have a wide range of products and expert fitters on hand so you can find just the right size.”

SEE-ME will offer five seminars covering a wide range of topics:
  • Creating and Sticking to a Training Plan
  • Fitness with Fido
  • The Mix 1 Story and Today's Endurance Athlete
  • Aquatics Demonstration
  • USA Triathlon (Southeast) Regional update and panel Q&A
The popular MultiSport Fashion Show will also return for 2011. Local athletes, celebrities and paratriathletes will show off the latest in gear and apparel for the 2011 season. The show will be emceed by local triathlete Patti Danzig and John Crow, the “face” of the Georgia Lottery drawings.

The very popular raffles are a key part of SEE-ME’s fundraising efforts. A variety of gear, clothing, and race entries (donated by exhibitors and sponsors) are raffled, including such high-end items as a road or triathlon bike. Organizers are offering advance purchase discounted raffle tickets through the web site, and will conduct drawings throughout the day. Tickets will also be available on the main exhibition floor.

Another highlight of SEE-ME is the annual Henry C. Forrest Jr. Person of Courage Award. Named for one of the competitors in the first Ironman Triathlon in 1978, the award recognizes individuals whose accomplishments give back to the community and are often behind the scenes. Past recipients include Denise Novicki with Tri2Remember and Dr. Tommy Owens with Team in Training.
As in past years, admission is free for all attendees. Food and beverages from Heineken and Slope's BBQ will be available for purchase, with advance discounts available on the SEE-ME website.

Lenhart has one word of advice for attendees – arrive early.

“Classic Subaru of Atlanta, our title sponsor, will hand out "green friendly" goody bags with some great stuff to the first 300 attendees,” he said “They’re also planning a great prize drawing that you’ll want to stop by their booth to learn more about.”


Rome resident selected for CNN FitNation Triathlon Challenge

Friday, February 11, 2011

She isn’t sure what inspired her to apply for CNN’s FitNation Triathlon Challenge, but Rome, Georgia resident Nina Lovel is determined to see it to the end.

This demonstration of a willingness to persevere was part of what led CNN’s staff to choose the 58-year-old Lovel for the challenge.

“The reason we picked Nina is because she showed determination, and a willingness to prove to the rest of the people her age it’s not too late to get started,” said Matt Sloane, FitNation producer.

Athletes began training in January and the program culminates in them competing in the New York City Triathlon in August. The triathlon involves a 1-mile swim in the Hudson River, a 26-mile bike ride through Manhattan and a 6.6-mile run in Central Park.

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Looking for another reason to run the Turtle Crawl?

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Looking for another reason to race the May 21 Turtle Crawl Triathlon (besides the sometimes-brutal against-the-tide swim)? Proceeds from the event benefit the Georgia Sea Turtle Center, a hospital for ill and injured sea turtles.

Students from St. Simons Christian School recently visited the Center to make sketches that will

be matted and framed and presented for sale at the Turtle Crawl Triathlon Spaghetti Dinner May 20. All proceeds from the artwork sold will benefit the research and educational efforts of the center.

Turtle Crawl includes USAT-certified Olympic distance and Sprint distance tris, as well as 5K and 10K races. Online registration is now open and ends May 19. Learn more and register on the
Jekyll Island site.


St. Pius Sophomore Named USA Triathlon All-American

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

From the North Druid Hills-Briarcliff Patch

USA Triathalon has named St. Pius sophomore Devon Dabney one of five Female Youth Elite All-Americans, the school said Friday – about five months after the triathlete captured a bronze medal in the Youth Elite National Championships in San Diego.

Dabney credited her father, Bill Dabney, for introducing her to triathlons. Her father has competed in 22 Ironman triathlons.

“Whether I win or lose, I always know I’ve put my best foot forward, and I have a tremendous sense of accomplishment when I finish a race,” Dabney said in a statement.

Dabney said she has been competing in sprint triathlons since she finished second in her first event at age 10. She took first at the Iron Kids Nationals, and followed that by being the top-rated 11-year-old. These triathlons are shorter than Olympic level events as they consist of an 800-meter swim, 16-mile bike rides and a five kilometer race, the last leg of the event.

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