Rock Cliff Roster & Award Age Group breakdown …

2012 Results
Olympic Awards Categories
Olympic USAT
Sprint Awards Categories
Sprint USAT


Olympic Race

29 and under – 8 People
30-39 – 15 people  
40 + –  6 people
Athena’s – 4 people

Overall – 3 people will be moved out of their age groups and become our top 3 overall!

29 and under – 11 people
30-34 – 8 people
35-39 – 15 people
40-49 – 11 people
50+ – 5 people
Clydes – 6 people

Overall – 3 people will be moved out of their age groups and become our top 3 overall!

Sprint Race

29 and under – 10 people
30-34 – 10 people
35-39 – 8 people
40+ – 7 people
Athena’s – 4 people

Overall – 3 people will be moved out of their age groups and become our top 3 overall!

29 and under – 8 people
30-39 – 14 people
40 – 49 – 9 people
50+ – 5 people
Clydes – 9 people

Overall – 3 people will be moved out of their age groups and become our top 3 overall!


Bib Number   Last Name First Name Class
141   Abele Michael Sprint
39   Adams Brian Olympic
83   Albee Shirlene Olympic
119   Andelin Carly Olympic
34   Andersen Stephanie Sprint
47   Anderson Jeff Sprint
68   Ashman Douglas Sprint
31   baldwin cade Olympic
32   baldwin cade Olympic
123   Barkley Jessica Olympic
115   Barksdale Karl Olympic
12   Becerra Nicole Sprint
145   Beller Pamela Sprint
93   Bennett Michelle Sprint
109   Bennett Raymond Sprint
158   Bennett Elizabeth Olympic
159   Best Stephanie Sprint
165   Blodgett Emily Sprint
30   Bome Lauren Sprint
125   Booth David Sprint
91   Brain Mary Jane Sprint
84   Brayford David Sprint
140   brazle joel Sprint
105   Burton Daniel Olympic
106   Burton Myron Sprint
107   Camicia Steven Olympic
55   Cargiulo Katy Olympic
8   Childs Holli Sprint
137   Christensen Ted Olympic
162   Coats Richelle Olympic
163   Coats Ryan Olympic
147   Coccimiglio Jen Sprint
117   Connelly William Sprint
46   Coombs Kirk Olympic
53   Costin Patrick Olympic
174   Cranney Dale Olympic
29   Crawley Joshua Sprint
144   Croshaw Paul Olympic
24   Cumming John Olympic
10   Curtis Nathan Olympic
28   Curtis Chase Sprint
200   Daniels Tiffany O  Relay 3
80   Davidson Melissa Olympic
198   Davis Kevin O  Relay 3
65   Daw Scott Sprint
90   Dayton David Olympic
33   Dewitt Ashley Olympic
164   Deyle Greg Olympic
173   Dickman Randy Sprint
36   Douglas Andrea Sprint
153   Drees Beth Sprint
92   Earle Darby Olympic
108   Eldridge Jack Olympic
3   Emerson Melissa Sprint
112   Emerson Bruce Sprint
2   Enright Jade Olympic
97   Erickson Andrew Sprint
121   Esplin Heidi Sprint
132   Esplin Thomas Sprint
95   fessenden sean Olympic
154   Fish Bryan Olympic
49   Ford Melinda Olympic
70   Ford Jaren Olympic
63   Galaviz Jessica Sprint
17   Gamirov Arthur Olympic
38   Gaukler Shannon Sprint
62   Giles Matthew Olympic
37   Glanzer Briana Sprint
72   Glanzer Sarah Sprint
129   Glanzer Samuel Sprint
130   Glanzer Ezra Sprint
146   Goldberg Sarah Olympic
6   Goudy Jake Olympic
66   Griffiths Allison Olympic
99   Grinsell Matt Sprint
179   Hafen Katie Olympic
73   Hall Jonathan Olympic
200   Hall Katy O  Relay 3
50   Hannig Susie Sprint
198   Hansen Mark O  Relay 3
104   Harris Tom Sprint
156   Harris Laura Olympic
200   Heaton Becky O  Relay 3
45   Hernandez Tracy Sprint
100   HIll Sharilee Olympic
111   Hobson Scott Olympic
42   Holder Paige Olympic
180   Hunter Kade Sprint
113   Jacobson Robert Olympic
43   Jensen Josh Sprint
82   Jensen Courtnie Sprint
85   jessen Gregory Sprint
149   Johnston Rob Sprint
51   Jones Bryce Sprint
58   JONES KELLY Olympic
126   jones Jared Olympic
56   Kaas Adam Olympic
60   Kallas Kim Olympic
64   Kallas Taylor Olympic
198   Kastleman Mark O  Relay 3
22   Kell Ryan Sprint
122   Kerksiek Heather Sprint
135   Kerksiek John Sprint
61   Kozlowski Whitney Olympic
75   Kozlowski Stan Olympic
101   LaBelle Rick Sprint
155   Larsen Greg Olympic
148   Lee Carter Olympic
172   Lehnardt Edward Olympic
44   Lemmon Amy Olympic
16   Lopez Manfred Sprint
168   Mahmood Taha Olympic
103   Maitre Patrick Sprint
134   Maples David Olympic
7   Margulies Amanda Sprint
102   Matson Allison Olympic
41   McCausland Luke Olympic
20   McElvain Kelly Olympic
127   McFerren Brandon Sprint
151   McKee Louise Sprint
138   Merkley Clark Sprint
23   Mitchell David Sprint
114   Mitchell Sandra Sprint
143   Moody Cyndi Sprint
169   Moody Michael Olympic
167   Moss Alan Olympic
57   Murphy Elizabeth Sprint
26   Newren Eric Olympic
166   Oborn Patrick Olympic
120   Oldroyd Melinda Olympic
116   Olsen Mark Olympic
131   Oscarson Eric Olympic
79   Pace Brandon Olympic
199   Pearson Lara O  Relay 3
199   Pearson Keith O  Relay 3
19   Peets Jami Olympic
74   Petersen Farrah Sprint
87   Peterson Theresa Olympic
110   Pfeifer Cynthia Olympic
89   Phillips Kelly Olympic
40   Pobanz John Sprint
48   Poulton Lacey Sprint
14   Price Chris Olympic
4   Railton Abigail Sprint
177   Ralph Dennis Olympic
150   Rasmussen Natalie Sprint
9   Rhein Sarah Olympic
35   Robbins Rachel Sprint
139   Rosevear Amy Olympic
199   Roxburgh Heather O  Relay 3
142   Russell Mike Sprint
171   Russell Annie Sprint
81   Samuelson Kevin Olympic
175   scott kobee Sprint
176   Scott Kelly Sprint
25   Shamy Brigitte Sprint
128   Shamy Jason Sprint
78   Shields Matt Sprint
21   Shinaberry Brooke Olympic
98   Skinner Ethan Olympic
152   Smith Dee Sprint
67   Sorenson Peter Olympic
13   Spratt Andrew Olympic
157   Stinson Jenny Olympic
88   Strong Stacy Sprint
94   Stubbs Eric Olympic
1   Sturgill Chloe Sprint
54   Swenson Collin Olympic
178   Tagge Bryan Olympic
136   Thelin Jason Olympic
59   Tuveson Lynnette Olympic
27   Tyler Hollie Olympic
124   Tyler Ryan Olympic
118   Updike Caroline Sprint
96   Vinick Sharon Olympic
133   Waddoups Brent Sprint
77   Warden David Sprint
170   Warner Ryan Sprint
52   Weeks Joanna Olympic
69   Whiting Derek Olympic
11   Winward Robert Sprint
76   Wolf Barbara Sprint
18   woods Breanna Sprint
161   Woodward Weston Sprint
15   Wooldridge Loren Olympic
160   Wray Lisa Sprint
71   Wright Daniel Olympic
5   Zirkle Rebecca Sprint

Rock Cliff Triathlon Event Information

Dear Rock Cliff Tri-ers,

Thank you for joining us at what is arguably the most gorgeous course in the state! Please read this email in its entirety to ensure a successful race week, we know it’s long but there is important info you need to know. Timpanogos Cycler and Get Fit will offer athletes a couple different options to pick up their race packet; here is what is going on:

1.       GET FIT ATHLETIC WEAR— Monday thru Thursday June 18 – June 21 9:00AM to 8:00PM

Get your packet anytime Mon – Thurs the week of the race during hours of operation at:

Get Fit Athletic Wear

11055 N Alpine Hwy
Highland, Utah 84003
Phone: 801-216-4467

TRI to find a better DEAL! Get Fit Athletic Wear in Highland wants to give our race participants an opportunity to buy all kinds of stuff at a great discount for picking up their packet EARLY.
All this week, pick up your race day packet at Get Fit and shop wetsuits @ 30% off (WOW), Tri-bags @ 10% off (even OGIO) 20-50% off selected shoes including the incredibly popular Asics Gel-Noosa Tri shoe, 20-30% off cycling apparel (they have lots of awesome cycling apparel and gloves-from weekend warrior stuff to Pro level!) 20-50% off Clearance merchandise and 25% off all OAKLEY sunglasses!!
Just show your race number and SAVE!
Store is open 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday through Friday (Saturday 9-7 p.m.) so GET down there and SHOP!
Get Fit provides our winner prizes (totally cool) and age division prizes, so please support their store for being so generous to our racers!  Thanks!

2.       TIMP CYLCERY & ELITE TRIATHLON STORE — Friday June 22nd 12:00 – 8:00PM
Get your packet and body marked before race day. The party starts on Friday and goes from 12:00 – 8:00PM at:
Timpanogos Cyclery
665 West State Road Suite A
Pleasant Grove, UT 84062
Phone: 801-796-7500

To pick up your packet you must have your PHOTO ID and USAT card. Athletes can get their packet and body marked Friday at Timpanogos Cyclery.

Wetsuits are mandatory; at the event last year water temperatures dipped to 55 degrees. The United States Coast Guard will be the governing body on the water. It is require that every participant is in a wetsuit (sleeveless option is acceptable, its crazy but acceptable!). Athletes will be pulled from the water if discovered without a wetsuit. Please make arrangements.  If you need to rent a wetsuit for the event please contact our sponsor AQUAHOLICS.

US TOLL FREE : 866-507-SWIM(7946)
Local: 801-748-0588
583 E. 7200 S. Midvale, Utah 84047

Furthermore it is highly recommended that you wear a protective neoprene swim cap for added warmth, (the distributed swim cap can be worn over).

Saturday June 23nd
6:00 AM – Transition Area Opens, Packet Pick up, Timing Chips & Body Marking.

Transition Area is first come first serve.

7:00 AM – Packet Pickup CLOSES
7:30 AM – Race Director Briefing
7:55 AM – Must be out of the transition area
8:00 AM –Race Begins (wave starts)

8:00 AM All Olympic Male Racers, Clydes, and Relays
8:03 AM All Olympic Female Racers and Athenas
8:15 AM The Race Rabbit Begins (Good Luck Jason)
8:30 AM All Sprint Male Racers, and Clydes
8:30 AM All Sprint Female Racers, and Athenas
10:45ish AM – TriEdge Raffle begins
11:00ish AM – Get Fit Awards Ceremony Begins

*With the early start time, shuttle transportation from Francis, and unique layout of the Rock Cliff TRI transition area you are highly encouraged to get your packet before race day! Your friend cannot pick up your packet for you; it must be done by the one racing with a valid photo ID. There are no exceptions, it is against USAT regulations and if you ask you will be told that it is not possible. Thank you for your cooperation in this regard.
Aid Stations

There are no aid stations on the bike, please plan accordingly.

There are three aid stations;
Mile 1.5
Mile 3.0
Mile 4.5 approx.

Finish line hydration and goodies will be available including Winder Dairy’s recovery chocolate milk.


All finishers will receive an AWESOME custom die cast medal. The TRIEDGE raffle will start off the awards ceremony, and it gives everyone a chance to walk away with some killer TRI swag (must be present to be eligible).  Top 3 overall male & female racers will receive podium medals and Get Fit winner baskets full of goodies galore. Furthermore, the top 3 in the following age groups will receive podium medals and winner bags courtesy of Get Fit. (Please note that the categories below are for awards and prizes only and do not reflect the official USAT age categories)

Pro/Elite/Overall (Male/Female)

AGE GROUPS(Male/Female)
50 +

As you can see your category is combined with at least 1 other category – this is for podium medals and 1-3 prizes only. With so few athletes it is not possible for RaceTri Management to have podium medals and prizes for everyone in addition to the finisher medals provided for each athlete. Your official USAT standing will be posted in your actual age category and not the ones defined for the race day prizes above.

Please note with only 2 relay teams signed up there will be no prizes for the relay category.


If you are racing in the Pro/Elite category please be aware that you are only eligible for a podium finish within the Pro/Elite category. Furthermore if an age grouper throws down one of the fastest 3 times of the day they will be bumped up as an Overall placer when it comes to prizes and the podium.


If you are not a USAT member you have registered for the 1 day license, if you are a member you must bring your USAT ID with you to packet pickup. Triathlons are an individual test of fitness; drafting is against USAT regulations and carries with it a 2 minute penalty for the first offense a 4 minute penalty for the second offense and disqualification for the 3rd. Let’s make it safe, and let’s make it fair for everyone.  Absolutely no ipods on the bike – they are against USAT regulations and endanger all the riders on the course. For a list of the most common rule violations please visit:

It is the athlete’s responsibility to know the rules.

Make Sure You’ve Got What You Need

You’ve spent months preparing for your race, so the last thing you need is to have your mind elsewhere hoping you didn’t forget something. We’ve prepared a checklist of things to bring for your triathlon so you can prepare your gear and be ready for the big day. While the list isn’t fully inclusive or may include things you won’t need it is worthy to review.

We’ll break them down according to Swim, Bike, Run and Personal:

Swim Cap (Neoprene)
Goggles (spare pair)
Anti Fog Solution
Ear Plugs
Swim Suit
Timing Chip (issued morning of …)

Bike (can’t forget that!)
Helmet (Required to race)
Water Bottle/s & Cages
Aero Water Bottle Straw & Elastic
Bar-end plug (Required to race)
USAT regulations require all handlebar and aerobar ends to be plugged. Since these can easily fall out, you should pack some extras just in case.
Why are these plugs required? If you crash, an unplugged bar-end can take a core sample of your leg/body.
Spare Tire/s
CO2 Pump and cartridge
Hex Tool
Cycling Shirt, Shorts, Shoes, & Gloves
Bike Pump
Race Wheels

Running hat or visor
Running shoes, shirt, shorts, & socks
Fuel Belt
Reflective Tape
Water Bottle

ID (Including USAT Card)
Clothing (jersey, singlet, tri-shorts, socks, sports bra, etc)
Towels for the staging area
Transition Bag
Body Glide/Vaseline (to prevent chafing)
Post-Race clothing
Flip Flops/Sandals
Rain Gear
Warm Clothing
Race Registration information
Energy/Sodium Pills, Gels, & Bars
Electrolyte Drinks
Watch (Garmin)
Heart Rate Monitor & Chest Strap
Directions to Race
Head Lamp/Flash Light
Race Number Belt
Race Number
Rx Glasses
Sun Block
Ipod (This is for pre-race listening. Do NOT take it with you on the bike or run).


Timing Chips can be picked up race morning. When you pick up your timing chip make sure you know your race number and are issued the corresponding timing chip. Electronic chip timing of the event will be provided by TRUTIMING. All participants will be timed and provided with 5 split times (swim, T1, Bike, T2, Run). If you are in the transition area when the race begins and then cross over one of the blue timing mats your timing chip will record that as a split time, please be sure your TA is set up and you have exited the transition area with plenty of time to spare before the start of the race, mats will be activated at exactly 7:55AM. Results will be posted on Saturday within 8 hours of the final participant crossing the finish line. A link to the RESULTS will be posted on this webpage. A lost or misplaced timing chip will result in a $20 fee. Body Markings will consist of your race number on your arm along with your age written on your calf. Body marking can be done Friday night at Timpanogos Cyclery or on race morning.

A swim cap will be issued in every packet and must be worn during the swim portion of the race.

There are NO RACE DAY sign ups. Registration closes at midnight Wednesday June 20th, or when we reach our race capacity.

We still need volunteers. If you know someone who will be at the race cheering you on and they can lend a helping hand, they will have front row race action. As a volunteer please have them contact: ASAP. All volunteers will be given a limited edition 2012 RACETRI Volunteer Wickify Tech Shirt.

PHOTOGRAPHY will be there with a team of professional photographers to capture your moment of glory. Make sure that you go their website to check out your action shot! During the awards ceremony 5 – $10 off coupons will be raffled off to athletes courtesy of

Get Direction here:


On Saturday morning, driving into for drop off and/or parking WILL NOT be allowed at or inside the Rock Cliff area. There is also NO parking along Hwy 32. The Utah Highway Patrol and Wasatch County Sheriff will be present ready to ticket and tow anyone who does. There will NOT be a “drop-off” zone inside the park. You will need to ride your bike in from the parking area in Francis- WHICH WILL BE AT FRANCIS PARK- on Saturday morning (about 3.5 miles). **Plan ahead as you will need to either pack your stuff in a backpack and carry it on the bike, or have friends/relatives bring it for you on the shuttles.

There is a designated parking area in the town of Francis 3.5 miles from Rock Cliff (southeast corner from the blinking 4-way stoplight at the top of the hill, the only signal light in Francis). Shuttles will begin at 6:00AM and will loop continuously between the parking area and Rock Cliff.
Q: How do I get my bike back to my car after the race?

A: Space permitting, bikes are allowed on the shuttle buses after the race. *Bikes are NOT allowed on the shuttles before the race.
Q: How do spectators get to the race?
A: All spectators must ride the shuttles to the race. Again note that the shuttles will be running continuously from 6AM to 2PM. Buses will unload inside the park at the Nature Center Round-about. For those with small children and/or those needing extra assistance, it is HIGHLY recommended that you arrive prior to 9:00AM.
Q: How much is it to ride the shuttle and enter Jordanelle State Park?
A: Entrance fee to the park for all spectators ages 8 and older is $2 per person and is payable BEFORE BOARDING THE SHUTTLES. This $2 fee is already included in the athlete’s registration fee. For spectators riding the shuttles in, the fee will be collected as you board. Folding strollers are permitted on the shuttles. Please have exact change ready. We will not have change.

Park Guidelines: Rock Cliff Nature Area is just that, nature. Everything from the wildlife to the boardwalks will remind you of why you love the outdoors.
Please remember to follow these few important guidelines:

1. Dogs: Do not bring your dogs or other pets. Animals are NOT allowed on the buses and are NOT allowed in the general Rock Cliff area, other than along the single paved road. Rock Cliff is a sensitive nature habitat, so please respect this mandate.

2. Litter/Trash: Please clean up any garbage/trash in your transition area and respect the Rock Cliff Nature Area. Please do not litter.
All athletes are required to retrieve any gel packet or water bottle that is discarded during the bike. A USAT “abandoning of equipment” time penalty will result if witnessed by a USAT official for littering. Please also keep control of all gel packets on the bike and run.


Happy Taper!

Your Friendly Neighborhood Race Directors,

Most Common Rule Violations in a Triathlon

triathlon rules most common violationsIf you are participating in your first triathlon or are a seasoned veteran, it’s important to know the rules of participating in a USAT event—and it may surprise you how many rules there are – See the complete list of USA Triathlon rules. USAT has put together a short list of the most common violations that occur in a triathlon. Please be sure to read through this list and take a look at the complete list so that your day is everything you’ve trained so hard for.

Most Common Rules Violations in a Triathlon

1. Helmets: Only helmets approved by the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) may be used in USAT sanctioned events. Helmets must be worn at all times while on your bike. This means before, during, and after the event.
Penalty: Disqualification

2. Chin Straps: Chin straps must be buckled at all times when on a bicycle. DO NOT unbuckle your chin strap unless you are off your bicycle.
Penalty: Disqualification on the course; Variable time penalty in transition area only.

3. Outside Assistance: No assistance other than that offered by race and medical officials may be used. Triathlons and duathlons are individual tests of fitness.
Penalty: Variable time penalty

4. Transition Area: All equipment must be placed in the properly designated and individually assigned bike corral. The wheel of the bicycle must be down on the side of the assigned space. All participants must return their bicycles to an upright position in their designated bicycle corral. No person shall interfere with another participant’s equipment or impede the progress of another participant. All bar ends must be solidly plugged. No participant shall bring ANY glass containers into the transition area.
Penalty: Variable time penalty

5. Drafting: Drafting–keep at least three bike lengths of clear space between you and the cyclist in front. If you move into the zone, you must pass within 15 seconds. Position–keep to the right hand side of the lane of travel unless passing. Blocking–riding on the left side of the lane without passing anyone and interfering with other cyclists attempting to pass. Overtaken–once passed, you must immediately exit the draft zone from the rear, before attempting to pass again.
Penalty: Variable time penalty

6. Course: All competitors are required to follow the prescribed course and to stay within all coned lanes. Cutting the course is an obvious violation and going outside the course is a safety issue. Cyclists shall not cross a solid yellow center line for ANY reason. Cyclists must obey all applicable traffic laws at all times.
Penalty: Referee’s discretion

7. Unsportsmanlike-Like Conduct: Foul, harsh, argumentative or abusive language or other unsportsmanlike conduct directed at race officials, USA Triathlon officials, volunteers, spectators or fellow athletes is forbidden.
Penalty: Disqualification

8. Headphones: Headphones, headsets, walkmans, ipods, mp3 players, or personal audio devices, etc. are not to be carried or worn at any time during the race.
Penalty: Variable time penalty

9. Race numbers: All athletes are required to wear race numbers at all times during the run. Numbers must face the front and be clearly visible at all times. Numbers may not be cut or folded or altered in any way. DO NOT transfer your number to any other athlete or take a number from an athlete that is not competing.
Penalty: Variable time penalty for missing or altered number, Disqualification and one year suspension from membership in USAT for transferring a number without race director permission.

10. Wetsuits: Each age group participant shall be permitted to wear a wetsuit without penalty in any event sanctioned by USA Triathlon up to and including a water temperature of 78 degrees Fahrenheit. When the water temperature is greater than 78 degrees but less than 84 degrees Fahrenheit, age group participants may wear a wetsuit at their own discretion, provided, however that participants who wears a wetsuit within such temperature range shall not be eligible for prizes or awards. Above 84 degrees, wetsuits are prohibited.

11. Abandonment: All personal equipment and belongings taken out onto the course must stay on the athlete the entire time. No garbage, clothing, etc. shall be thrown on the course.
Penalty: Variable time penalty

Variable Time Penalties

 Distance Category
 First offense
 Second Offense
 Third Offense
 Sprint  2 minutes  4 minutes  Disqualification
 Intermediate  2 minutes  4 minutes  Disqualification
 Long  4 minutes  8 minutes  Disqualification
 Ultra  6 minutes  12 minutes  Disqualification

 For a complete list of rules, please refer to the most up-to-date USA Triathlon Competitive Rules

So, plug those handle bar ends, leave the iPod in the car, and do not draft while on the bike. Remember a triathlon is an individual event that all participants should be able to participate in safely.

2012 Ice Breaker Race Report – “I’ll be back!”

My toes were freezing.  It was 40-something degrees and I was wearing flip-flops, standing outside listening to Aaron Shamy give the pre-race instructions and inspiration.  I’d been up since 5:15am, a crazy early time for being awake on a Saturday morning, but I was stoked to be doing the Ice Breaker triathlon that morning – the second tri I’ve ever done.

After the pre-race meeting it was time to head to the pool.  Thankfully I had a support person with me, so I was able to keep my warm clothes on until getting inside; I was not looking forward to running out to transition while wet.  The pool was great; temperature perfect.  I’d never swam in a 50 meter pool before.  I did a little bit of warm-up swimming then lined up with the other group 4 swimmers.  Watching the good swimmers was awesome.  My turn came and in I jumped.  I did get stuck behind some slower swimmers a couple times, but it didn’t slow me down all that much.  Overall I was very happy with the swim.  

Running outside to transition wasn’t too bad; the sun had come up and it was starting to get warmer.  Quick towel dry, then put on my bike gear including a thin windbreaker jacket.  
The bike course was pretty good.  The first mile had a tough hill but after than it was pretty flat, then slightly downhill.  The shoulders were nicely cleared, and the potholes and rough terrain were well-marked.  There were volunteers at every intersection and police officers at every stoplight doing traffic control, they all did a great job.  This was only the second time I had ridden my new bike on the road, and I felt pretty good.  
The transition to run went smoothly.  It was now warm enough that I took off the jacket and gloves, and I decided not to put socks on.  
The run is my worst sport, and the first mile was really tough for me.  I had forgotten to take a Gu on the bike, and I could tell that I was running out of energy.  I walked much of the big hill.  Once I got to the aid station I was feeling better – the Gu I grabbed during transition had kicked in, and I was able to run the rest of the way.  I set a PR for the run, but was still the slowest person in my age group.  I ran into the finish, got my finisher medal while someone took off my timing chip, then grabbed some food (from a nice selection).  
Overall I finished 6th in my age group in a time of 1:28:36.  I was very happy with my time and enjoyed the race.  The weather couldn’t have been better, and the volunteers were great.  I’ll be back!
By Jess Galaviz

The 2012 ICEBREAKER in American Fork, UT. Pure Energy…

Written By Brian Szydlik

The winter is technically over.  I think. Time for everyone to come out of their hibernation dens.  I hope :-).  Unfortunately, most of us did not have any Canary Island, Southern Hemisphere, or Panama race vacations planned for this winter so we just endured the Utah cold up on the slopes, at work, and indoors on a boring trainer while sneaking in a few bundled up rides outdoors.  As for me, I am a self-proclaimed wuss when it comes to riding in the cold.  Thus, I counted the days to Spring and “The Coveted,” Icebreaker Sprint distance Triathlon.  I have only been living in Utah for a little over a year as I recently moved from the East Coast.  See I was a Sea Level Weenie as I was told; and was rudely introduced to the USAT Rocky Mountain Region geography last year with less Oxygen. However, a REFRESHING family of warm hearted athletes all over this Salt Lake Valley were and are more than willing to show me the ropes on how to breath like a “fish” here at altitude with less.

Since I am such a wuss when it comes to the cold, why in the heck did I sign up for a race called the “Icebreaker.”  I guess because optimisim is good and hoped it was figurative and not literal.  Plus, I had to have something on my calendar or else there is a very good possibility I would have spent all winter at In-and-Out Burger, my other den.  Seriously.  The gamble paid off.  AND WOW, did RACE TRI deliver some great weather, in a surreal venue, and a flawlessly managed race in American Fork!  I call yesterday a HUGE success and a great way to say good-bye to winter and hello to the start of a great year.  More than 220 others with double the spectators and family felt the energy from Race Tri also, and decided to come on out.  AND BOY, was the ENERGY LEVEL genuine and very HIGH! 


The 2012 Season is here!  Give me a second to paint the venue here from my perception: 


How in the heck would Race Tri herd a Battalion of volunteers out of their dens into possibly another den that was colder?  So, in my opinion, it starts at the top.  With the leadership and culture of the organization.  Wow, and was this organization packed with energy, competence, and pure love for the sport.  Race Tri magnetized great people and volunteers to help deliver a successful event.  Two hours before kick-off, wide eyed, and fully energetic volunteers started to show up.  And I saw this with my own eyes, these people were fired up!  It wasn’t just the cool yellow shirt…these people just wanted to help serve the sport.  You could feel it.  The energy, even two hours before the race was palpable.  I grew up playing baseball so it was very cool to see the “race headquarters” under the lights in shallow center field of city baseball field.  When I was little, I used to count down the days till the opening day of baseball, and I remember feeling like a kid on Christmas morning at the ballpark while we stood during the national anthem while the smell of popcorn, cracker jacks, and fresh cut grass loomed everywhere.  Aaron Shamy, the Race Director, was “shakin and bacon” and was greeting several athletes and volunteers by name as we all arrived at the “ballpark.”  What a great way to start a season, eh? (No, I am not originally from Canada, although I do think it is cool to state rhetorical statements that sound like questions).


So right on schedule, Aaron and Race Tri, began the pre-race briefing.  Race Tri’s pre-race briefings are different.  They are genuinely welcoming, motivating, timely, and personal.  In a very brief but brilliant way, Aaron welcomes athletes from all over the country, puts things in perspective and humbly informs the group of local returning athletes vying to better themselves from a year ago.  Then snap, “everyone get to the pool!!!!”


The crowd scatters and marches with a sense of well instructed purpose and within 15 minutes, everyone is lined up by swim time ready to get the party started.  Heath Thurston had the honor of kicking the season off, and rightly so.  This guy powers and glides through the water (and who broke his bike’s crank bolt?).  For the rest of us,  it was just a smattering of splash and hypoxic pain.  And that went for the swim too…. 


The real story is that it was impossible not to notice the energy, the joy and pure power of this sport in action today.  As the lead pack of runners came to the halfway point on the run, several teenage kids leaped for joy.  Again, the energy was infectious.  We all ran like we were being chased.  I certainly was as it turned out…by a great athlete that would eventually set a course record.  Congratulations to Dave Warden for lighting it up.  Hats off for Jameson King for burning all of our legs up on the bike!  

 Congratulations to Amber Foster who was gracious in her OA female win!  Congratulations to ALL athletes who clamored out of their own dens to compete with themselves and to lead by example in terms of showing their families that it is cool to wake up early in the morning to swim, bike, and run…to be fit, to reach a goal, to run for him or her, to escape, to find out how the engine is running, to lose weight, to do, to live, to ?  It was just a great way to start spring.  Yeah, Spring is cool. 

 The snow capped Wasatch Front towered over perfect temperatures in the valley below.  Big thanks and a huge shout out to Someone for ordering this day up!!!  🙂 

It certainly was an honor to compete and be a part of “opening day.” 

See you next year for sure.


Brian Szydlik


Brian Szydlik is a seasoned triathlete who placed 2nd overall in the 2012 race with a time of 00:53:48.4 Szydlik ran the second fastest Ice Breaker time that has ever been completed. Coming in just 22 seconds behind 2012 winner, David Warden.


Open Water Swim Clinic August, 23rd 2011

When: Tuesday August 23rd from 6:30  – 7:30PM
Where: The LOCATION has CHANGED from Provo Utah Boat Harbor to the Pleasent Grove Reservior — Click here for a map
What: Open Water Swim Clinic Hosted by RaceTri & Heath Thurston
Cost: Since we changed venues there is now no cost, this clinic is for Registered UTAH HALF IRONMAN Participants REGISTER

Heath Thurston with an 3 Minute lead out of the water at the Utah Half Ironman 2010

Winner of the 2011 Salem Spring Triathlon, Heath Thurston will be hosting an open water Swim Clinic at the Pleasent Grove Res. Heath is an expert multisport athlete. While he excels in all the disciplines of triathlon he will be the first to admit that “THE SWIM” is his strong point. Almost always the first one out of the water Heath has perfected the discipline of open water competition. On Tuesday night Heath will review the swim course, open water techniques and race day strategies. Bring your wetsuit and goggles, its your chance to have your stroke analyzed by a Pro. You do not want to miss it! For those who attend the clinic they may pick up their race packets afterwards. You may also pick up your race packet for the UTAH HALF IRONMAN at SBR in Orem on Thursday, Friday night from 6-8pm or on Saturday race morning before 6AM.

When asked what he does Heath responded “I train as a Professional Triathlete myself then I coach other athletes as well, mostly in the swim. My wife and I also have a corporate wellness program that we do for businesses in the [Utah] valley. I love doing Triathlons and coaching other people to see their potential in the sport and get them to have confidence in swimming biking and running to do there first Tri.





We are happy to report that Winder Farms will be at the swim clinic to offer a chocolate milk recovery drink after your swim workout. Furthermore a special offer for the Utah Half Ironman participants only. You are going to love it!

2011 Black Ridge Race Report, From Fighting Fire to Feeling the Burn! – Christopher Hoerter

I vividly remember the last time I was at Black Ridge Reservoir. It was last summer during the wildfire in the Herriman City foothills. I was a member of one of the firefighting crews assigned to that fire and for a week our crew staged every day at the reservoir and hiked to the ridge tops to battle the blaze and to prevent it from flaring up . From high atop on those ridges during the afternoon heat, I longingly stared down at the water. I would have given anything to jump into that cool water to escape the oppressive heat of the afternoon sun. Now, a year later, I looked up at that same ridge where I once stood and said to myself, “today is the day I will finally be able to jump into that water!”
 I had a great time at the Black Ridge Triathlon. I consider myself rather new to the sport of triathlon.  I know I’m not the only one that suffers from pre-race anxiety. Anything that can be done by the race planners to alleviate this ailment is much appreciated. The communications via e-mail was excellent. I would much rather have too many e-mails iterating the same information about the upcoming race than too little. I especially appreciated the additional info provided about the two transition areas because this was my number one area of concern prior to the start of the race. I personally have never experienced two separate transition areas. I was very happy to read the e-mail thoroughly outlining how the two transition areas would work and the best way for me to set up my gear in the two separate areas.
 The bike course was quite a surprise for me but in a good way. I know many will disagree with me, but I like the challenge of hills; and the hills on this bike course was definitely a challenge. The long hill seemed to last forever, and as it continued, every bend in the road was a false summit. It was deceivingly difficult. But I rose to the challenge.

 Like the bike course, the run had its share of hills. It was a single loop course which is what I usually prefer. For some odd reason the two loop and out-n-back layouts are mentally tough for me. I enjoyed the run with all the curves it threw at me.

All in all, I had a great time at the Black Ridge Triathlon and would readily recommend it to anyone who asks about it. The open water swim is much less intimidating than others in which I have participated. The bike course had a great climb with a long rewarding descent. The run had hills and some great flats for chasing. I definitely plan on racing again next year.

Christopher Hoerter finished 8th place overall with a time of 1:14:22.7

Herriman BlackRidge Triathlon July 30, 2011

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Black Ridge Swim Clinic

Open Water Swim Clinic July, 26th 2011

When: Tuesday July 26th from 6:30  – 7:30PM
Where: The Herriman Black Ridge Reservoir  Click Here for map
What: Open Water Swim Clinic Hosted by RaceTri & Heath Thurston
Cost: Free for Registered Herriman Tri Participants REGISTER

Heath Thurston with an 3 Minute lead out of the water at the Utah Half Ironman 2010

Winner of the 2011 Salem Spring Triathlon, Heath Thurston will be hosting an open water Swim Clinic at Black Ridge. Heath is an expert multisport athlete. While he excels in all the disciplines of triathlon he will be the first to admit that “THE SWIM” is his strong point. Almost always the first one out of the water Heath has perfected the discipline of open water competition. On Tuesday night Heath will review the swim course, open water techniques and race day strategies. Bring your wetsuit and goggles, its your chance to have your stroke analyzed by a Pro. you do not want to miss it! For those who attend the clinic they may pick up their race packets afterwards. You may also pick up your race packet for the Herriman Tri at SBR in Orem on Thursday night.

When asked what he does Heath responded “I train as a Professional Triathlete myself then I coach other athletes as well, mostly in the swim. My wife and I also have a corporate wellness program that we do for businesses in the [Utah] valley. I love doing Triathlons and coaching other people to see their potential in the sport and get them to have confidence in swimming biking and running to do there first Tri.

The Water at Salem Pond, part II

Just got the update from the State.

When I was initially told about the bacteria problem, I was told that measurements taken after rainstorms were likely to produce higher numbers and be more contaminated than normal because of all the runoff from peoples yards and just general muck.

So when I heard that the state would be testing the water again yesterday, I was kind of nervous about it due to all the rainfall, but then I go the results.

Knoll Beach: 7.5, 7.4, 4.1
North Arm: 70.3, 73.3, 61.3
South Arm: 22.8, 30.1, 31.7
Everything still well under 409.
Aye, the Water’s they still be safe.