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Bozeman Tritons Triathlon – 2-Month Update

USA Triathlon Sanctioned Event Offers Races for All Ages, Abilities, Entire Family
During Fun-filled Weekend of July 30, 31 at East Gallatin Recreation Area

2 months and counting! I hope that we have seen our last Winter Storm Warning of the season.  Last weekend a group of our triathletes rode the Long-Course route, plus a little extra.  They returned with glowing reports of the views and the character of the ride.  It’s going to be a good one!  We also got out and took a tour of the Sprint course, just to get it back in our minds what it looks like without snow.  We are a go an all fronts.  Here’s some of the interesting developments this past month.

  • REI has really stepped up with its sponsorship.  They will essentially be covering all the prizes for the raffle.  And there will be a lot of them.  We are still looking for a bike to raffle off as the grand prize.  We’ll keep you posted.  All racers will automatically get an entry into the raffle, and you can buy as many additional tickets as you’d like.
  • Our local businesses are also stepping up.  Most recently, Baja Fresh agreed to provide the post-race food for the Sprint Race on Sunday!  A taco bar for 200+!  Way to go Baja Fresh!
  • The Friday Spaghetti Feed for Long-course racers, family and friends is a go.  $10 will get you a feast, including desert.  If you’ve already signed up for the race, I’ll be getting an email to you with more information.
  • Hammer Nutrition will be providing race nutrition for all races, including Hamer Gel and Endurolytes.  Thanks Hammer!
  • Perfect Timing is going to be handling the chip timing, including splits!
  • More is in the works, so stay tuned.

I also encourage everyone to help support Montana Conservation Corps, our chosen charity for these races.  They’ve already been hard at work sandbagging and helping to protect homes and businesses from the record flood waters that we are experiencing and are expected to see throughout June.  You can make a donation as you register, or if you’ve already registered or just want to contribute, please do so with the following link.  These donations go directly to MCC.

Click here to donate online.

 Finally, we are doing our first call for volunteers.  These races are only possible through the efforts of others, so it’s time to give back if you can.  If you are interested in helping out, please contact Laurie at laurie.thatcher@gmail.com.  We will be posting a Volunteers List soon.

Complete race details can be found at www.bozemantritons.org/tritonstri.  Train hard and we’ll see you in a two months!

– Tony, Laurie and Lawrence

Other Triton Contact Information:
Website: www.bozemantritons.org
Blog: www.bozemantritons.wordpress.com
Twitter: www.twitter.com/BozemanTritons
Face book: Find Us @ Bozeman Triathlon Club

Triathlon Open Water Swimming Essentials

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Here are solid open water swimming techniques for triathletes. Tips include putting on your wetsuit, starts, sighting, drafting, buoy turns, and exiting the swim. The backstroke buoy turn is demonstrated at the 7:45 mark.

This is Multisport!

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USA Triathlon is fueling the multisport lifestyle. Join the community!

2009 Ironman CDA Highlight Video, Recent Race Results

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Is that a Triton at the 8:53 mark of the official 2009 Ironman CDA Highlight video?

2009 HY-VEE TRIATHLON — Des Moines, Iowa
Triton Molly Hayes Takes First in Her Age Group!
In other Triton race news, Montana Molly Hayes finished first in her 75-79 age group at the widely recognized Hy-Vee Triathlon in Des Moines, Iowa. 4000 triathletes competed at the Hy-Vee this year, in front of more than 25,000 spectators! That’s almost a doubling of spectators over the 2008 race. Molly clocked in at 4:38:32. Congratulations Molly!

Triton Mandy Axelson Takes First Place Overall Female!
On the fourth of July, Triton Mandy Axelson was the overall female first place finisher at the Make it Hurt on the Dirt Off-Road Duathlon at Homestake Lodge. Mandy completed the mountain bike and run course in 1:10:35. Hats off to Mandy for an excellent race! Art Thompson finished thirteenth overall male, with a finish time of 1:25:37.

Sunday Smiles, The Weekend Race Wrap

Tritons - 2009 Treasure State Triathlon
WOW! You Can Feel the Smiles. Thanks to Jonathan Rice for the Terrific Photo!
Front Row: Katie Boyce, Jamie Kujawa, Jen Masquelier, Jonathan Rice, Hannah Chura. Back Row: Micca Henry, Bill Claridge, Martin Coleman, Jeremy leFeber, Bridget Benjamin, Chris Martin, Lander Purvis, Kezia Manlove, Jonathan Long, Ryan Takeshita.

Tritons Rack Up 500 Points For USAT Pacific Northwest Club Championships!
Seventeen Tritons participated in the 2009 Treasures State Triathlon. Winning their division, Jonathan Long, Mandy Axelson, Sherri Pearson and Molly Hayes took home the gold! Jonathan Rice and Bill Claridge landed silvers, while Jeremy leFeber and Bridget Benjamin finished with a bronze. Overall, and unofficially, Tritons accumulated 491.79 points towards the 2009 USAT Pacific Northwest Club Championships. Congrats to all, for a terrific race. Spring Meadow awaits! For more about the Championships, click here — http://usatriathlon.org/content/index/6043.

# Triton Division Ranking Division USAT-PNW Points Race Size Scale Final Points Swim Bike Run Total
1 Jonathan Long #1 M30-34 50 .97 48.50 23:34.7 1:09:04.1 48:52.3 2:21:31.1
2 Mandy Axelson #1 F25-29 50 .97 48.50 27:33.5 1:11:26.3 48:05.1 2:27:05.0
3 Sherri Pearson #1 F30-34 50 .97 48.50 28:34.8 1:13:20.7 54:01.3 2:35:57.0
4 Molly Hayes #1 F75-79 50 .97 48.50 54:33.1 1:48:32.1 1:34:13.3 4:17:18.7
5 Jonathan Rice #2 M25-29 43 .97 41.71 33:17.8 1:06:44.0 46:10.1 2:26:12.0
6 Bill Claridge #2 M-50-54 43 .97 41.71 32:27.3 1:12:02.5 54:49.1 2:39:19.0
7 Jeremy leFeber #3 M35-39 38 .97 36.86 36:33.6 1:16:59.1 1:01:14.8 2:54:47.6
8 Bridget Benjamin #3 F35-39 38 .97 36.86 40:01.9 1:27:09.2 1:00:24.1 3:07:35.4
9 Katie Desin #4 F25-29 34 .97 32.98 35:06.3 1:20:54.5 57:44.7 2:53:45.7
10 Ryan Takeshita #5 M30-34 30 .97 29.10 28:37.9 1:17:05.2 55:16.7 2:40:59.9
11 Lander Purvis #5 F30-34 30 .97 29.10 35:54.2 1:17:45.1 1:01:45.5 2:55:24.8
12 Kezia Manlove #5 F25-29 30 .97 29.10 35:56.8 1:30:44.1 50:50.5 2:57:31.5
13 Micca Henry #8 M30-34 21 .97 20.37 41:14.0 1:34:34.0 1:02:21.9 3:18:09.9
USAT-PNW Club Championship Triton Points 507 .97 491.79
14 Martin Coleman #3 N/A 35:44.0 Teammate Teammate 2:23:18.6
15 Kara Damon #7 N/A Teammate 1:16:18.9 Teammate 2:41:31.9
16 Chris Martin #11 N/A Teammate 1:11:54.7 Teammate 2:49:22.8
17 Jen Masquelier #13 N/A 29:10.7 Teammate Teammate 3:09:49.7

  2009 IMCDA Happy Race Finishers!

Lawrence & Carrie at Finish of Ironman CDA, 15 Hours After Start of the Race. You Can Feel Their Smiles, too! Is Registration for 2010 Still Open?

Congratulations to Carrie, Lawrence, Rachael & Matt for the Awesome Finishes!

# Triton Division Ranking Division Swim T1 Bike T2 Run Total
IronMan Coeur d’Alene, Idaho
1 Carrie Sampson #97 F35-39 1:19:41 9:38 7:46:06 6:35 5:24:22 14:46:22
2 Lawrence Sampson #221 M40-44 1:00:50 8:11 6:25:50 3:54 5:22:23 13:01:08

Janet Clarkson Memorial Triathlon – West Yellowstone
3 Rachael Schultz #3 F25-29 21:31.0 — 1:02:40.8 — 40:43.8 2:04:46.6

XTERRA Solstice – La Grande, Oregon
4 Matt Parks #5 M35-39 15:09 1:36 1:41:46 1:22 55:42 2:55:35

Join in the Fun @ Homestake Lodge, Butte, Montana
The Hurt On the Dirt Duathlon is back for 2009 and is being hosted by Triton Sponsor Homestake Lodge on Homestake Pass near Butte. Racers may either compete as individuals or in teams. There are classes for adults and two junior categories. After the event there will be a barbecue, beverages, and music. Adult distances are 8 miles/bike, and 4 miles/run. The Under 10 Junior Course is 2 miles/bike, and 1 mile/run, the under 14 Junior Course is 4 miles/bike and 2 miles/run. Terrain is a combination of logging roads, trails, and single track suitable for most riders and runners. Adult Individual – $30.00, Adult Relay – $35.00, Youth – $12.50, additional barbecue ticket $7.50 (1 bbq ticket included with race entry). Entry form is available at www.homestakelodge.com or online at www.active.com/page/Event_Details.htm?event_id=1692383&assetId=c8f2d273-410a-40b5-83c7-34c9860bafa3.

Local Racing Info! Get Your Entries In Today!

Can the Tritons Repeat in 2009? The Club Will Submit Its Roster to USAT-PNW on Friday. Get on Board, Join Now!
These are the official events for the 2009 USAT Pacific Northwest Club Championships. Make sure to include a couple of these races on your calendar, especially the two Montana qualifiers – our local Treasure State Triathlon this Sunday, and the sprint distance Spring Meadow Triathlon on July 12th! For rules and all of the details, please check out the following – http://usatriathlon.org/content/index/6043.

State Distance Triathlon Date Website
Montana Sprint Spring Meadow 7/12 www.teamgreatdivide.com/
Montana Olympic Treasure State 6/21 www.tri-mt.com/tst.html
Idaho Sprint Emmett’s Most Excellent 8/8 www.emmetttri.com/
Idaho Olympic Emmett’s Most Excellent 8/8 www.emmetttri.com/
Washington Sprint Chelan Man 7/18 www.chelanman.com/
Washington Olympic Spokane 9/13 www.spokanetriathlon.com/
Alaska Olympic Northern Trust 8/2 www.akstatetriathlon.com/
Oregon Sprint Deschutes Dash 7/18 www.freshairsports.com/events/deschutes_dash/index.php
Oregon Olympic Portland 8/23 www.portlandtri.com/

TREASURE STATE TRIATHLON — Bozeman, This Sunday, June 21!
Go Tritons! USAT-PNW Club Championships Qualifier, Best of the US Qualifier, Sign Up Today!
Tritons – Please Confirm Your Race Participation, Email art.thompson@yahoo.com,  Thanks!
Defend the home turf. Support our local race. Water temps are warming, in the balmy 61-65⁰ range. Over 75 competitors currently on board, with the usual large flurry of last minute entries expected this week. Slackers! :o) Sure would make race planning easier if participants didn’t wait to the last minute! Regardless, registration closes at 11:00 AM on Friday. So, get your entries in, online or drop them off at Fleet Feet downtown. Relay teams welcome. Post-race party. Don’t forget to pick-up your race packets at Fleet Feet on Friday and Saturday, Noon – 5:00 PM. Additional information is available at www.tri-mt.com.  Have a great race!

6th ANNUAL CHILDREN’S TRIATHLON – Bozeman (Bogert Park), June 27
City of Bozeman Recreation Department Event for Children Ages 6-12
Recreation Department Needs 30 Volunteers & Certified Flaggers!
The Children’s Triathlon is a fun opportunity for children to get exposure to participating in a race. Swim, bike and run. Children will be divided by age. All groups will start in waves at Bogert Pool, ride along the Gallagator Trail, and run around Bogert Park. Participants provide their own equipment. Bike helmets are required. Pre-registration is required at the Beall Park Recreation Center, 415 N. Bozeman Ave. $10 for City residents, $12.50 for non-City residents. 8:15 AM Check-In, 8:30 AM Participant Meeting, 9:00 AM Race Starts. Volunteers needed from 8:15 AM – 10:00 AM. To volunteer, please contact Jamie Saitta at jsaitta@bozeman.net or 582-2290. Tell her you’re a Triton!

Go Tritons! USAT-PNW Club Championship Qualifier – Sprint Event, Sign Up Today!
Go Tritons! USAT Age Group National Championship Special Qualifier – Olympic Event, Sign Up Today!
The Spring Meadow Triathlon is serving as the Pacific Northwest’s Special Qualifier. Don’t forget that this race qualifies the top 33% per age group for Age Group Nationals in Tuscaloosa, AL on August 22, 2009. Enjoy wonderful people, beautiful scenery and warm July weather in the heart of Montana, all while trying to qualify for Age Group Nationals. The Spring Meadow Triathlons are athlete and spectator friendly events with incredible support for both new and seasoned competitors. www.teamgreatdivide.com.

HEADWATERS HALF IRON — Three Forks, July 26
Montana’s First Half Iron Race! Great Opportunity for Your First 70.3!
Go Tritons! Support This Inaugural Local Race & The Race Planning Effort! Sign Up Today!
Some may remember this race course as the Sweet Pea Triathlon from the 1980’s and early 90’s. Originally, the race finished in Bozeman, but due to growth in the valley the race will start and finish in Three Forks. The swim will consist of two counter clockwise loops in the Three Forks Golf Course Pond. Wetsuits are recommended. The bike course is out-and-back consisting of flat, rolling and a few steep climbs. All of the climbs offer great views of the surrounding mountains and the Montana landscape. The small towns of Logan, Manhattan and Churchill will welcome triathletes, when cycling through their communities. The course will be open to traffic and all riders must wear a helmet and obey all traffic laws. No drafting and all USAT rules apply. The 13.1 mile run course is two loops and flat, on paved and dirt roads. Spectators will have plenty of chances to see and encourage their athletes along the course. A few miles will be on gravel roads so racing flats are not recommended. If you choose to stay in Bozeman, the 25-minute commute to the race venue is quick and easy. The Sacajewea Inn (www.sacajaweahotel.com) in Three Forks is the host hotel. Packet pick-up will be at Fleet Feet Sports in Bozeman on Saturday from 10-3. The pre-race meeting is on Saturday night at the Sacajawea Inn. Test your endurance. Make history, and compete in the first half iron race in Montana! Podium finishes, records, and age group awards are within your reach. It’s the first race. Relay teams are welcome. Support the race, and race planning effort, by entering today! Your participation will help lay the foundation for this race and other longer distance triathlons in the Gallatin Valley and Montana in the years ahead. Besides, it’ll be fun! For additional information, check out www.tri-mt.com.  To enter, click this link — www.active.com/page/Event_Details.htm?event_id=1704972&assetId=c113582e-5fa3-4ded-98fa-ba0e979e2334

Race Is Definitely On! Over 50 Participants Currently Signed Up!
Go off-road at Hyalite Reservoir. Pick your distance – short course or long course. Individual and relay team entries welcome. Post Race Celebration. Additional information is available at www.bigskytri.com.

Triton Training Break Update – Rain, Rain, Rain!

2009 Triton Triathlon Camp with USA Olympic Coach Michelle Blessing

2009 Triton Triathlon Camp with USA Olympic Coach Michelle Blessing
Yellowstone National Park Group Ride.
Kneeling L-R — Lawrence, Jenna, Sherri, Tony, Carrie.
Standing L-R – Greg, Bridget, Chris, Becky, Laurie, Neil, Michelle, Martin, Ryan, Art.

More Tri Camp Photos Here, Thanks to Triton Tony Thatcher!

Train With A Purpose! Get Faster, Join the Triton Training Sessions on Tuesday & Thursday Evenings!
Date Item Remarks
Ts & Ths TRITON TRAINING SESSIONS Intensity Runs & Rides. See Triton Training Calendar & Email Updates
Sats TRITON LONG RIDES Saturdays. New This Year. See Email Announcements.
6/21 TREASURE STATE TRIATHLON This Sunday! Race or Volunteer. Support Our Local Race & Fleet Feet.
6/26 OPEN WATER SWIM East Gallatin Recreation Area. 6:00 PM
6/27 CHILDREN’S TRIATHLON Bogert Park. Volunteers Needed 8:00-10:00AM. art.thompson@yahoo.com
7/17 OPEN WATER SWIM East Gallatin Recreation Area. 6:00 PM
7/26 HEADWATERS HALF IRON Three Forks, MT. Sign-up Soon! Support Our Local Race & Fleet Feet.
7/26 XTERRA WILD HORSE CREEK Support Our Local Race!
MISC LACTATE TEST Contact Coach Matt, matthewbryanparks@gmail.com $75.
MISC TRITON ANNUAL DUES Membership dues are starting to rollover. A first. We’ll contact you.
2009 Ironman Boise 70.3
2009 IronMan Boise 70.3 Wave Start. Cool Photo! Gets Ya Amped!

Congrats to Tritons Successfully Participating in these Early Season Races!

Time Triton Age Ranking
St. Anthony’s Triathlon – St. Petersburg, Florida
3:11:49 Molly Hayes F75-79 #2 Age Group

XTERRA West Cup – Lake Las Vegas – Henderson, Nevada
3:21:05 Matthew Parks M35-39 #13 Age Group

XTERRA Northwest Cup – Farragut – Athol, Idaho
3:16:41 Matthew Parks M35-39 #11 Age Group

Rigby Lake Triathlon – Sprint – Rigby, Idaho
1:24:27 Chris Martin M30-39 #5 Age Group

Rigby Lake Triathlon – Olympic – Rigby, Idaho
2:47:39 Ryan Takeshita M30-39 #5 Age Group

Ironman 70.3 – Boise, Idaho
4:44:46 Aubrey Curtis M30-34 #12 Age Group
6:02:17 Ryan Takeshita M30-34 #82 Age Group
6:13:46 Tony Thatcher M40-44 #115 Age Group

Eagleman Aqua Velo – Cambridge, Maryland
4:06:45 Martin Coleman M55-59 #4 Age Group

Possible Triton Training Group Forming
Online Registration Opens Next Monday, June 22nd @ 1:00 PM, Mountain Time, www.active.com

Set an extraordinary goal for 2010! This hugely popular event (2500 triathletes!) typically sells out online in a matter of minutes or hours, rather than days. Ironman recommends stationing yourself at your computer next Monday, armed with your credit card. Check out this premier, granddaddy of all Northwest triathlons at www.ironmancda.com.  The 2009 edition is this Sunday. Cheer on Tritons Carrie & Lawrence Sampson, and Phil Howard!

Rules Now Up @ http://usatriathlon.org/content/index/6043

2009 RoundUp Invitation — TRITON Pig Roast & Bluegrass Jam!

2009 RoundUp

Grizzly Results!

Missoula, Montana – April 11, 2009
Aubrey Curtis & Jonathan Long Take 1-2 in the 30-34 Age Group!
Four hundred and nine triathletes participated yesterday in the 21st annual Grizzly Triathlon, the largest multi-sport race in Montana. Temperatures were cool for the triathlon season opener, and age group sizes ran deep, with most hovering around 20 racers per bracket. The ongoing youth movement and growth in the sport of triathlon, nationwide and in Montana, were abundantly clear as the women’s 25-29 age bracket had 35 participants.

For the Tritons, Coach Aubrey Curtis and J’Lo dominated the 30-34 age group, finishing first and second, in order. Compared to their 2008 times, Lander Purvis, Aubrey Curtis, and Doug Fletcher had stellar breakout races, with time improvements of approximately 6, 5, and 4 minutes, respectively. Other Bozeman triathlon friends with noteworthy results — Jess Tuchscherer finished fifth in the men 30-34 age group with a time of 1:13:01 and Julie Zickovich finished second in the 30-34 age group with a time of 1:17:14. Congrats to all, and train ON! Next up — Treasure State Triathlon is ten weeks away!

Triton M/F Age Group Swim Bike Run Total

Sprint Triathlon — 1000 Yard Swim, 20K Bike, 5K Run

1 Aubrey Curtis M 30 30-34 13:40 32:01 19:59 1:05:25

2 Jonathan Long M 33 30-34 11:57 35:20 22:23 1:09:25

4 Dan Martin M 42 40-44 15:52 34:23 23:49 1:14:04

5 Lander Purvis F 30 30-34 16:11 40:13 30:12 1:26:31

5 Art Thompson M 51 50-54 17:40 38:40 27:59 1:24:14

9 Doug Fletcher M 43 40-44 17:14 37:57 23:29 1:18:25

10 Joe Cobb M 39 35-39 19:29 38:32 24:58 1:22:54

10 Jonathan Rice M 24 20-24 18:57 34:22 23:06 1:16:25

12 Chris Martin M 39 35-39 16:03 37:51 30:04 1:23:58

16 Jeremy LeFeber M 34 30-34 17:34 40:49 29:43 1:28:01

18 Eric Martin M 34 30-34 22:08 40:38 26:44 1:29:30

19 Micca Henry M 32 30-34 20:28 41:58 28:27 1:30:48

Modified Sprint Triathlon – 500 Yard Swim, 20K Bike, 5K Run

NA Bob Wade M 66 65-69 9:45 42:57 32:38 1:25:20

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