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REGIONS
MIDEAST
On Oct. 2, the world returned to Muncie for the International Powerman Duathlon Series and so did some of the best duathletes in the Mideast Region. This was the first year Mideast Region duathletes were able to race head to head at a Regional Championship. With Muncie hosting the International Powerman Series race, the Mideast Regional Council seized a great opportunity to offer a wonderful venue for the regional championship where there was great competition for athletes.


Unfortunately, race morning welcomed duathletes with much cooler air temperatures, wind and the threat of rain. Most duathletes were on the bike when the temperature really dropped and the rain started. Conditions were tough, but the athletes were tougher, and everyone raced on to finish.


Congratulations to the Mideast Region champions. Ashley Kent was the sprint overall male and Geraldine Lupini was the sprint overall female. In the sprint masters division, Mark Reams and Michelle Kitze added overall titles to their résumés. At the Olympic event, Chris Strait and Nicole Laselle capture their respective overall titles while Thomas Mathews and Sharie Noer captured masters overall awards. At the longest event of the race, Keith Hollendonner won the overall and Gerald Steinhoff won the masters division. Each duathlon champion received a TYR mesh training backpack, a complimentary USAT annual membership and an embroidered vest.


More information will be announced on www.usatmideast.com about a revamped 2011 Regional Duathlon Series in the coming months. The series will culminate with the 2011 Mideast Regional Duathlon Championships at Powerman Muncie. We look forward to seeing you in 2011!


 


MIDWEST
As we come to the season’s end, the USAT Midwest Regional Council hosted its annual face-to-face meeting in Madison, Wis., on Nov. 13. Annual members from the region were invited to email suggestions, concerns or topics for discussion prior to the meeting. These were included into the meeting agenda and much appreciated. If you would like to receive a copy of the meeting minutes, please contact Midwest Regional Assistant Kris Mielke at kris@makuhn.com.


We have appointed two new members to our council: Tom Mertz and Brandon Johnson. Both are dedicated multisport athletes with a passion to give back to the multisport lifestyle. They were appointed to the council for the remainder of 2010 and 2011. In 2011 they will have to be elected by the general membership to remain on the council in 2012. Congratulations and welcome Tom and Brandon.


We brought the Midwest Junior Elite Triathlon Team to the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., this year. The athletes were able to do a swim workout right after the U.S. National Team. Barb Lindquist ran the swim workout, and even the parents were excited. Long naps and a big dinner in the OTC dining hall capped off the day with Matt Chrabot joining the team for dinner. The athletes loved it, and planning has already begun for 2011. It seems the Olympic spirit drives them more than anything else.


For 2011 the council is working to create grant opportunities for race directors who wish to have certified officials at their events to provide fairness across the board at events. Many other grant opportunities, including continued grants for youth and junior travel, as well as the race director certification assistance, will be available next year for Midwest Regional members. These grants will be posted on the USA Triathlon website as they become available. Members must be annual members residing inside the posted boundaries of the Midwest Region to be eligible.


86 USA TRIATHLON WINTER 2011

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