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Regions
REGION WEBSITE
FLORIDA www.usatriathlon.org/florida
MID-ATLANTIC www.usatriathlon.org/mid-atlantic
MIDEAST www.usatmideast.com
MIDWEST www.usatriathlon.org/midwest
NORTHEAST www.usatriathlon.org/northeast
ROCKY MOUNTAIN www.usatriathlon.org/rockymountain
PACIFIC NORTHWEST www.usatriathlon.org/pacificnorthwest
SOUTHEAST www.usatriathlon.org/southeast
SOUTH MIDWEST smwtriathlon.org
SOUTHWEST www.usat-southwest.org


 


 


ROCKY MOUNTAIN
The USA Triathlon Rocky Mountain Region held its first event of 2015 in Murray, Utah. The “Intro to Triathlon and Rules Clinic” was geared toward triathlon newcomers, but the clinic also gave seasoned athletes an opportunity to further educate themselves within the sport.


Women’s liaison and USA Triathlon Level I Certified Coach Suzanne Martin covered bike transitions, the importance of being prepared and organized race day with a detailed checklist and the benefits of becoming an annual member. Next, Carolyn Doll, the Region’s Race Official Coordinator, covered some of the most common rule violations (drafting, bar-end plugs, outside assistance). The clinic ended with an open discussion so that any questions the athletes had could be answered accurately.


We are excited and looking forward to our next clinic that will once again be held in Murray, Utah. This clinic will focus on bike maintenance and bike handling. We hope to see a great turn out of both athletes new to the sport and veterans who are eager to advance their cycling skills and learn how to save a few dollars by taking care of their own bicycle maintenance basics. A Women’s Triathlon Clinic is also planned for a location in Colorado later this spring.


 


MIDEAST
“We are doing a mile swim today. Hand me the hammer so I can chip the ice off the swim ladder,” Steve Hernan said.


Open Water Chicago bills itself as “Adventures in Fitness” and offers weekly open water swims in the Chicago area. Founded by Hernan in 2007, OWC is renowned for training USA Triathlon athletes from all over Illinois. Many first-timers have braved the waters with the Open Water Chicago group for their first foray in Lake Michigan.


OWC is unique com pared to other training programs that cease operating after the summer. OWC operates year-round. A hearty group is typically found every Saturday off Ladder 1 at North Avenue Beach. If the lake is frozen, the swim is moved to another less frozen location.


“It actually all started on a dare. After Labor Day, a few of us kept challenging each other to continue swimming until the next month, all while the lake temperature kept getting colder and colder.”


The group has experimented with various techniques to stay warmer during their swims. Needless to say, their exploits raise quite a few eyebrows during the winter when walking by the lakeshore and seeing individuals swimming through the ice flows.


Check out www.openwaterchicago.com to learn more. — Todd Baldi, Mideast Council


 


 


SOUTH MIDWEST
The USA Triathlon South Midwest Region brought 2015 in with a weekend of racing and celebration at the annual Frost Your Fanny Regional Duathlon Championship, Regional Conference and Banquet.


Athletes came from all over the Region to race and receive awards for their 2014 performances, while the regional council had their annual face-to-face meeting and USA Triathlon coaches, race directors and officials attended educational clinics onsite. Saturday night, top regional age group athletes received USA Triathlon-branded Silipint glasses and luggage tags, and long-time multi-sport athlete Jack Alexander was inducted into the USA Triathlon South Midwest Hall of Fame. Regional council member John Ricca was honored with the 2014 President’s Award, and Jason Schott was named a Bronda Starling and Super Competitor Award recipient. Last but not least, we recognized Trisha Turner and Kirby Shultz as our top regional USA Triathlon officials in 2014.


Sunday morning was the Frost Yer Fanny Duathlon, where age-groupers from all over the Region ran and biked for the right to call themselves South Midwest Duathlon Champions. Athletes Rachel Olson and Kevin Cart brought home the women’s and men’s overall titles.


Have you checked out our new home on the Web? Make sure to visit the remodeled South Midwest regional website at www.smwtriathlon.org for the latest regional news.


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