Ice Breaker Course Preview & Clinic 2014

Thanks to the Coach Keena & The Ultimate Peak Racing Club for hosting this party …Keena

When: Saturday March 22nd 
Time: 9:00AM 
Where: The American Fork Rec Center 
Duration: Approx 90 min 
The Ultimate Peak Racing Club will take all participants through the entire bike and run course with some additional instruction on efficient transitions and a Q & A afterwards for the group.  
Learn more about the club by Clicking Here
Ultimate Peak


CLINIC & Course Previews with James Lawrence

James Lawrence will be hosting 4 CLINICS and course previews this year that you do not want to miss, who is this guy?

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James Lawrence is an endurance nut with big dreams. Over the past 3 years he has broken 2 world records in triathlon; one for the most half Ironman races done in a year, (22 in 30 weeks) and one for the most full ironman races done in a year (30 of them in 2012). He is a full time coach and motivational speaker looking to inspire and change people’s lives.
In 2010 and again in 2012, James landed in the Guinness Book of World Records for endurance racing. This was an 3. James sa1accomplishment that his peers, doctors, and friends collectively agreed was impossible, but the results speak for themselves. Not only was the goal possible, but James set a mark so high that it is doubtful his achievements will ever be matched or bested. James did not accomplish this on his own, and his success would not have been possible without the right steps taken at the right time. Learn those steps, and make the changes you want to see in your life today!

Course Previews Dates, Times, & Locations:

Salem Sprint Tri
When: Wednesday May 28th  
Time: 6:30PM
Location: Salem Pond
Herriman Triathlon
When: Wednesday August 6th 
Time: 6:30PM
Location: Black Ridge Pond
Utah Half
When: Wednesday August 20th 
Time: 6:30PM
Location: Utah Lake (Provo Boat Harbor)
When: Wednesday September 3rd
Time: 6:30PM
Location: TBA 

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David Warden’s Racetri Sprint Series Race Report (Ice, Salem, Rock, Ridge, Yuba)

Download printable version here: David Warden Racetri Season Recap

David Warden’s Mostly True, Self-Promoting, Gratuitously Long 2013 Racetri Sprint Series Race Report

At Aaron and Joel’s request, and without hesitation, below is a brief (ha!) race report, from my perspective, of all 5 Racetri Sprint events.  IMG_5485

Ice Breaker

(or, The World’s Fastest Midget)



(or, Always a Bridesmaid)


Rock Cliff

(or, Thank You, Spencer Woolston, Heath Thurston, BJ Christensen, Wes Johnson, Jason Crompton, Rory Duckworth, Sebe Ziesler, and Alex Bowcut, for Not Showing Up)


Herriman Blackridge

(or, David Warden is an Idiot)


Camp Yuba

(or, Damn, That’s the Last Time I’ll Ever Beat Kade Hunter)


As a triathlon coach, I’ve had the opportunity to participate in triathlons held in Abu Dhabi, Spain, Mexico, Sweden, Germany, Austria, Italy, Russia and Canada. I’ve never had more fun at these events than I have at any given Racetri event. You want energy?  Check. Organization? None better. Plagiarized but inspirational speeches? Count on it.


I participated in all 5 of the 2013 Racetri Sprint-distance events. They were absolutely the key to the most fun I’ve ever had in a single season of Sprint racing. I’m a Sprint-distance specialist. A Sprintaphile. I’ve given the longer distances a chance to court me, but I keep coming back to the Sprint. It’s my element. The Racetri series provides a professional but local platform that keeps me motivated all winter long.



Ice Breaker

(WARNING: This race report is boring. I recommend you move on)David IB


I love the people at Icebreaker! It’s the dedicated athletes that do this race. No one has trained much, the weather has often been horrible, everyone is still recovering from Mardi Gras, but they still show up.


Absent from the roster were most of my primary rivals except (insert echo sound effect): Keb Wilson. Keb is a great athlete. He’s built like a linebacker, but bikes like a cheetah. If you ever have a chance to hear about his accident and subsequent rehabilitation, it will astound you how he has been able to still stay so fast. A healthy Keb would be a dominant triathlete. I knew I needed to keep Keb close. As the saying goes, “Keep your enemies close, but Keb Wilson closer”. Keb and I have raced several times, and we almost always come out together on the run. Rumor was his training for the Boston Marathon had made him even better on that final leg. Yikes.


The Ice Breaker swim is entertaining. 2013 was no exception. I just spent the last 30 minutes writing and rewriting this section, initially complaining about the swimmers who overestimate their swim time at the front of the indoor pool, time-trial start, causing me to have to slow down and work around them. But hey! That’s the Ice Breaker! That’s part of the allure, the adventure, the unknown. I’ve had the wrong attitude all these years. That random swim element is part of why I race. In fact, maybe next year I’ll go last.


I started out about 10th on the time-trial (TT) start, Keb was a few spots ahead of me. I only passed 3 on the swim, and they were quite accommodating about holding up at the wall to let me by. Coming out of T1, my wife informed me that a) I was 3rd out of T1 and b) the lawn needed to be mowed. With the TT start, you never really know where everyone is, but I felt I was in the right place.


About 3 miles into the race, I was in 1st place (physically), having passed Kade Hunter (remember that name! It’s called foreshadowing). Thanks to a quick swim and quick transition, I was ahead of Keb, but he was closing, having gained 10 seconds on the bike. By T2 we were only 19 seconds apart.


Fortunately, the run went well. At about 50% of the races I get hit with a side stitch on the run, but none today. Keb’s marathon training and race timing probably made him more fatigued that he would have been with a real taper, and I pulled away a bit on the run for the win.



–          Congratulations to Mike Strauss with a killer run time of 17:44! I look forward to racing him again, he’s going to be good.

–          Rus Southwick continues kick butt in transition. Drug test him!

–          I hope I’m still as fast as Gary Henderson when I’m M55-60. If he would just shave his chest, he’d make the Olympic swim team.



(this report is best read while listening to the Main Theme from Last of the Mohicans)


Oh, Salem. *sigh*. Salem, Salem, Salem. I could write a race report, or I could just sum it up in these two lines.


1 Casey Robles ELITE 1:03:41.9

2 David Warden ELITE 1:03:42.7

See the actual video of the 0.8 second difference CLICK HERE IMG_4143

For those of you who attended the University of Utah, I’ll do the math for you. That’s 0.8 seconds. A beam of light would have traveled a mere 133,600 miles in the time it took for me to finish behind Casey. For crying out loud, the difference in the 2012 Olympic Men’s 100 meter FINAL was more than 0.8 seconds. Even now, months later, the tears flow freely.


Flashback two hours earlier. My hopes are high. For the first time in as long as I have been racing Salem (6 years straight?) Heath Thurston and BJ Christensen are not racing Salem. The race is wide open, but competitive. Casey Robles, Devan Tandy, Ben Olsen, James Lawrence, Kade Hunter, Wes Johnson…any one of them could win. But I had beaten every one of them at a race in the past year, and was confident I could do it today.


Everything felt good. I had come in second the past two years to BJ and Heath. I was just off a great performance at the St. George Sprint. And I had been issued bib #1 for the first time in any race. Surely, no one could possible come in 2nd at the same event for 3 straight years, right Jim Kelly?


The swim? Solid. Not great, but solid. The bike gave me more confidence. I passed Casey on the bike earlier than at any other race (I love how Casey races topless!). More confidence. Devan was tough to catch, but by T2 I had gone from 7th to 3rd. Only Wes Johnson and Ben Olsen were ahead of me, with Devan and Casey right behind, but out of my mind.


Wes had a run injury that had kept down all season, and I had caught Wes on the run in a race just a month earlier. I had raced Ben the past two years and had always caught him at about mile 1.5 on the run, and his lead was about the same it had always been. All I had to do was catch them both again and the race was mine! Bwaaahaaahaaa!


Then, things got weird, and my emotions went up and down fast. Three big surprises on the run. First: Ben was not getting any closer. Salem offers very good line of sight to the competition ahead of you. After 5 minutes I realized he was definitely not getting any closer, in fact he might have been pulling away. One year of training obviously made a big difference in his run! By mile 1 I knew that unless Ben had a meltdown, I could not catch him. I was getting closer to Wes, but I resigned myself to second place…again. Instinctively I slowed down, unwilling to take second place at maximum pain.


Passing Wes brought on surprise #2 when Wes revealed,


“Ben missed part of the bike course. You’re in first if he gets DQ’d.”


Now I was reeling. A lot had to happen for a DQ, but it was enough to make me pause and run with Wes for a bit. Was he sure? How did it happen? Anyone else ahead of us? The whole conversation took just a few seconds. Yea, just a “few” seconds.


Now visions of victory were back in my head. Never again would I have this opportunity. I’m at peak form, BJ and Heath are no-shows, Ben clearly is better than me now but a stroke of (bad) luck gives me a one-time opportunity. I got back into gear and headed for the finish.


Until this point, in 5 years of Sprint racing, I had only ever been caught on the run once, and that was from a side stitch so bad I had to walk. Once I have a position on the run, I just don’t lose it. But, at mile 2, distracted by various themes of “David Warden: King of Salem” montages running through my head, I felt uneasy. Something was wrong. I ignored it for a few minutes, until surprise #3…


The unmistakable sound of feet on gravel closing in! I turned to see Casey and Devan 30 feet back. What a stupid mistake. Hubris, arrogance, and laziness never won Salem. I was in trouble with Casey that close, but what the heck was Devan doing that close (no offense Devan). I gave it everything I had. Just before the bridge, Casey and Devan caught me.


What a great moment! Two of my early triathlon idols, athletes who had beaten me time and time again for years. The three of us, side by side, flying to the finish line (turn up music here). I made a move, they moved just as fast. I made another move, Casey moved faster. Devan backed off just before the bridge. I told myself that whoever made it to the bridge was going to win, and I had to make it to the bridge first. No chance. I had visions of staying close enough to out sprint Casey after the bridge. I turned on the after-burners, and it felt exactly like those ubiquitous dreams where you try to run, but can’t.


I can fool myself into thinking that all I had to do was make up 1 second somewhere. In transition? Talking to Wes? Perhaps not accepting a distance 2nd place to Ben, not slowing down, and giving it my all no matter what place I was in?


The truth is this: Casey could have won by much more than 0.8 seconds. Once he caught me, all he had to do was react to me. Casey is an experienced runner. He knew he was a better runner than me, all he had to do was stay just ahead of me. My 100% for the last 1/2 mile was his 90%, and that’s all he needed. Whether he caught me at mile 2.5 or mile 2.95, I could not have re-passed him. It was not a matter of making up 0.8 seconds somewhere, it was a matter of not letting him catch me at all.


If I had managed to look back earlier? Maybe, but probably not. Let’s do the math. I could have been perhaps 20 seconds faster in total, and the pace that Casey was running was 35 seconds per mile faster. Very likely even at my best he would have caught me anyway. At least that’s what I tell myself as I cry myself to sleep on my huge pillow.



–          Good sport award goes to Ben Olsen. Yes, he did not do the prescribed bike course, but the path he took was just as long or longer (he went straight instead of turning right at the big hill early in the race, then turned right later to get back on course). USAT rules are very specific that this is a DQ even if no competitive advantage is gained, you must go back to the point of course deviation. Ben took it very well, he’s a great example. No doubt he was the fastest on the course that day.

–          Racetri made a tough call here too, but they did the right thing with the DQ. Another reason these guys are professional.

–          Casey shaved almost 3 minutes from his 2012 Salem time, I shaved 50 seconds. The lesson here is a) always race your hardest, regardless of position, and b) never judge an athlete based on what they were a year ago. Actually, never judge a person based on what they were a year ago. That’s deep.



Rock Cliff


Low water levels could not ruin what turned out to be fantastic weather. My wife, brother and sister-in-law did the Sprint as well, and they helped me stay remarkably calm all morning by pretending to need my help.


The swim went well, but felt long. It always feels long.


Jacob Petersen and Kade Hunter were the clear favorites for the podium. Jake is a 800-meter specialist which means his VO2 is off the charts. Jake had a) just gotten of an LDS mission b) Just gotten engaged and c) just had knee surgery, and I was STILL worried he could beat me. He’s that good. Kade has just kept chipping away at my lead every time we raced, and I knew he was just one breakthrough race away from leaving me in the dust.


Not much to report on this event. I pulled ahead at about mile 7 on the bike, passing Kade. Jason Shamy, the Rabbit, tried to man-hug me (again) as I passed him, but I avoided it as usual.


At the intersection in Frances, I surprised the cop who was not yet out of his patrol car when I passed by, leaving his cruiser rocking from sire-to-side, then clocking 52mph on the downhill back to T2.


The run presented my old enemy: the side stitch, which made me panic knowing that Jake was somewhere behind me. He could have easily pulled off a 17:50 run at his best, and I had visions of again getting caught. Fortunately, religion, love, and surgery kept him at bay and I got the lucky win.



–          I met my wife at her T2, and she had her shoelaces tied BEFORE putting them because they “looked tidier that way.” Yes, she had to untie her shoes before putting them on. In 19 years of marriage, this is the first flaw in her I’ve discovered.

–          This is a picture of me coming out of the water (on the right), and this is my brother who waited for his wife. I think we can all agree that my brother has his priorities misaligned.

–          Who the heck is Renson Marroquin and how does he keep embarrassing me on the run? Curse you Renson Marroquin!

–          Did you know that the name Marroquin means “one from Morocco?” I already knew that. It wasn’t because I googled “how to slow down Renson Marroquin.”

–          8 of the top 10 females were over 35, only 4 of the top 10 males were over 35. Who gets better with age?



Herriman Blackridge


It was the best of races, it was the worst of races.


First time at Blackridge, and the entire family have come to the race, including my father (recently re-married this summer to my mother after 30-years of divorce. No kidding).


There were 5 athletes I was most worried about. Herman Vandecasteel, an amazing cyclist who has beaten me before. Jake Rushton, a smart triathlete who can outrun me any day. Kade Hunter and Griffen Conroy, both coached by the great Wes Johnson. And Rory Duckworth.

Rory is a great triathlon success story. In just a few years he has gone from middle of the pack, to top 10%, to consistent favorite and regular overall winner. His hard work, smart training, and natural talent have converged into a regional triathlon powerhouse. We raced twice before Herriman this year, and split the results. At the St. George Triathlon (Sprint) I managed to win the event, primarily because Rory was just two weeks out from the St. George 70.3. He was simply not 100% after his monster performance there. In early July, we went head to head again at Echo and he clobbered me to a distant 2nd place. He was the man to beat.

As the saying goes, “keep your enemies close, Keb Wilson closer, but stay as far ahead of Rory Duckworth as possible.” That was the strategy. Actually, the strategy was to keep him within 30 seconds on the bike. He’s just a better cyclist than me. I had no illusions of beating his bike split, but I felt confident I could run him down if he was only 30 seconds ahead.

At first, it worked. Thanks to a small error by Rory, and an advantageous swim course design*, I was first out of the water in the first elite wave. This had never happened before. “First out of the water” and “David Warden” had never been said in the same sentence. My wife was waiting for her wave to start when I came out and said “Way to go…David?” Never before was I the leader on the bike out of T1, and things were looking good. I had a 16 second lead over Rory, giving me a decent cushion for my goal of keeping him less than 30 seconds ahead.

Then I made a mistake I’ll regret for the rest of the season. Despite waking up at 4am in order to understand and drive the bike course, despite my determination to know the course, I missed the next quick left on Emmaline Drive. I just can’t explain it. The cop was there waving me “through”, maybe there was a moving car blocking the left turn sign. Maybe I just was too excited about being out first. Maybe I’m an idiot. Regardless, it is the responsibility of the athlete to know the course.

Flying down Juniper at…an undisclosed speed…felt great, but I instantly had a nagging feeling. I glanced over the shoulder, fortunately quickly. No Rory. I turned around, saw that I had lured Kade Hunter down the same primrose path that is the downhill of Juniper. I shouted to him we had to turn around and hammered back up the hill to make the correct turn on Emmaline.

How much time did I lose? Thanks to the curse of modern technology, I have the GPS data to quantify my first mistake of the day. Just less than 1 minute**. About 20 seconds down the hill and 40 seconds back up.

Riding angry now, I passed Jeanette Schellenberger and Jake Rushton, but Rory was already GONE. By the time we hit the Bachus Highway, the first time I could get a clear view of where Rory was, I hit my timer and he was already 55 seconds ahead.

Approaching the intersection at 13400 South, there was not yet a policeman there to control the 2-way intersection. A truck was approaching from my left. I came to a complete stop*** stared straight ahead in total race mode, waited for the truck to pass, then gunned it as soon as I saw the truck’s rear tire go by. Unfortunately, the truck was carrying a low, long trailer hidden from my initial assessment as it approached from my left. The wheel well of the trailer clipped my front wheel, sent it spinning off to the side, and I went down on my elbow.

What seemed like forever was actually again, just under 1 minute based on my GPS. I got the tire back on and kept going. My aerobars were at least 15 degrees from parallel to my bike due to the impact, but there was only about 2 miles left in the bike.

The run was terrible. I could not bend my left arm, it just dangled at my side. I felt weird and just could not get my rhythm and limped into 3rd. The medic on-site thought it might be a fracture, but I was later diagnosed with WOSSI syndrome**** and was 100% in just a few days, just an inflamed nerve. What a disappointment in front of the whole family to have my worst race ever. In over 50 races I had never gone off course. The worst part is that even though I had all those issues, I still would have lost to Rory even with a perfect race. The dude is money now.


–          *Rory accidentally started swimming to the right of the first “gate” buoy, and had to come back around to catch the pack. I calculate that the multiple buoys on the short, circular course is what gave me an unusual advantage on the swim. Whoever made it to the initial buoy first then forced the other swimmers to either take a longer, curved line around the lead swimmer in order to pass, or to fall in behind the slower swimmer to take the shortest path. I sprinted to the first buoy, got there first, and managed to hold everyone else behind me like a semi in a one-lane freeway.

–          **See to view my entire race file. The swim is all wonky due to the lost signal when swimming

–          ***Refer to the “mostly true” part of this document’s title.

–          **** WOSSI: Warden Over-States Seriousness of Injury

–          I want to ensure the multi-sport community that despite my accident, triathlon is safe, and that Racetri is a professional and safety-first organization. No race director wants racers in slings on their podium pictures (sorry guys, I should have taken it off for the cameras, a dumb lapse in judgment). It’s important to me that I convey that what happened was 100% my responsibility. Any athlete who races at several events, and given that each of those events have multiple intersections, finds it is inevitable that sooner or later one of those intersections will be uncontrolled. Despite the best efforts of the race management company, they cannot guarantee that local law enforcement will be able to arrive before the first cyclist. In those cases, safety is the responsibility of the athlete.


Camp Yuba

It was going to be a rematch of Kade Hunter, Jacob Petersen, and David Warden (if you win 10 triathlons in one year you get to refer to yourself in 3rd person).


Kade Hunter and I had raced just the week before at the East Canyon Triathlon, where thanks to an error on Kade’s part, I had won by just 15 seconds. He had really beaten me athletically; I won only technically because I was the first one to cross the finish line. If I didn’t have a perfect race at Yuba, he was going to beat me this time.


Jake Peterson was healthier than last race and looking sharp.


To make matters more interesting, John Kemp was there. I had beaten John by only 14 seconds the last time we met, where he had just about run me down in the last 400 meters of the race. And guess what? John had a little brother, Kevin, who was racing. As the oldest of 6 children, I fear the little brother. The 5 of us were likely to round out the top 5.


My groove was thrown off from the start when Aaron announced that there would be 2 Sprint waves. Under 35 years old and Over 35 years old. Apparently 35 is the new over-the-hill. The other 4 contenders were all under 35. I would be racing blind, not knowing where I was relative to my rivals. I approached Aaron and the conversation went something like this:


“So there is no Open or Elite wave?” (translation: What the crap? Why are you putting me with the peasants?)


“That’s right.” (translation: Quit whining, prima donna. Why don’t you man-up and do an Olympic now and then.)


“So I need to go in the second Sprint wave?” (translation: You’re not going to make an exception for David Warden?)


“Yes.” (translation: Hey, David Warden do what David Warden gotta do, but if you want to race today, it’s from the second wave.)


The swim was a bit crowded, but I felt strong. I was suspicious of the swim distance due to the “buoygate” scandal of Camp Yuba 2012 (was is a conspiracy in 2012*?). I left T1 feeling great with a swim where it should be. I knew that I just had to get the leaders within 2 minutes of me (the difference between wave 1 and 2). The bike course is just great at Yuba. No way to get lost on this course!**


As I approached the bike turnaround, sure enough the leaders were sorting out. In order: Kade, John, Jake and Kevin were ahead, already flying in the opposite direction. I calculated that I was still a full 2.5 minutes behind Kade. Kevin was wearing a T-shirt, flapping in the wind as I passed him. Let it be known that Kevin Kemp had one of the fastest bikes of the day while still wearing a moo moo.


I entered T2 feeling just great with Jake, John and I all in T2 at the same time with Kade ahead by an unknown time. This meant I had a 2-minute lead on Jake and John, but both were capable of running more than 2 minutes faster than me and I decided it was best to to hang with them. At the dam, Jake, John and I were all close together and John started to surge. I stayed with him, and Jake started to pull back.


John did a great job pushing me. By the turnaround, I calculated I was 90 seconds behind Kade in real-time, which meant I was 30 seconds ahead of him in the race. John went turbo on me at mile 2 and I could not follow, but I was ok with that knowing that I just had to keep him less than 2 minutes ahead. I crossed the finish line in 3rd, but won the race just 49 seconds ahead of Kade with John in 3rd.




–          Kade, John, and Kevin all had a T2 time of 37 seconds. Weird.

–          I had good transitions (Russ Southwick would be proud). If you take out the transitions I was only 25 seconds ahead of Kade athletically.

–          *Yes

–          **Dave Sherwin DID manage to get lost on the course, taking a left onto the I-15 southbound ramp instead of left on frontage road. Too funny.

–          In 12th place was Scott Swift. Coolest name ever for a triathlete.

–          Jameson King comes out of retirement, hadn’t raced for 18 months and wins the Olympic! That’s impressive.


David Warden


Thanks to David Warden for this amazing report on his experience of the RaceTri events. This year David Warden received the RaceTri athlete of the year award


Presentation of the award: “David Warden bib #1 Took first at Ice Breaker, Took second at Salem, Took first at Rock Cliff, at Black Ridge he took a wrong turn, got hit by a car – got back on his busted up bike, got back on course and still managed to finish 3rd place overall. This guy is a force! But more than a force I saw this guy 6 months ago stand on the podium 1st place at ice breaker and then hang around and cheer on the kids for the kids race, and after the kids race was over he stayed even longer and clapped for every single kid as they took a turn standing on top of the podium (and not any of the kids were his). He cheered athletes on as they raced 70.3 miles at the Utah Half. This all around class act is what RaceTri is all about; good sportsmanship, pushing to be ones best self, promoting the sport of triathlon, and so it is with great honor we present David with the  RaceTri Athlete of the Year Award.”

Utah Half SWIM/RUN CLINIC 2013

 Swim/Run clinic with the IRON COWBOY, JAMES LAWRENCE

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When: Wednesday, August 21st
Time: 6PM 
Where: Utah Lake State Park (Site of the Utah Half Long Course) When you arrive tell them you are there to attend the Triathlon Clinic and there will be NO park entrance fee. Yea!
Who: Open to all Utah Half Triathletes
Hosted By: The Iron Cowboy aka James Lawrence
What: Swim/Run/ and get all your questions answered and learn from one of the most seasoned triathletes in the world!
James Lawrence currently holds two world records. 1. The most Half Ironmans completed in a single year and 2. The most Full Distance Ironmans completed in a single year (30). He is undoubtedly one of the most experienced veterans when it comes to multisport racing. James will answer all your questions, and then take a swim with you on the Utah Half Course (1 Loop .6 miles) and then finish your evening with a run (1 loop 6.55 miles). Don’t worry about whether or not you will keep pace, come on out for this once in a lifetime opportunity to learn from James.  
James is pictured below with his two daughters and wife, Sunny Jo, at the Escape from Black Ridge Sprint event in Herriman Utah.
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Lake Monster           1000 years ago the inhabitants of this land noticed earth tremors, swirling bubbles and rumblings in Utah Lake. Scouting out the source would yield a host of legends and folklore. Most would say it was a Monster that unless appeased would exact revenge and destroy the people. Only through a sacrifice could the individuals of this valley avoid destruction. Anciently, tribes who inhabited the land would gather together to compete in a series of challenges to satisfy this Monster. One winning tribe would triumph over all the rest and they would be rewarded The winning tribe would receive, honor, glory, supplies, and the coveted LAKE MONSTER rock that would be spewed from the depths of the lake. The Lake Monster rock would reside with the tribe, be painted with the tribal colors and bring the Tribes good fortune all year long.

Today the tradition of this athletic sacrifice continues annually. The day of sacrifice this year will be August 23rd at Utah Lake. The Lake Monster can only be appeased by athletes completing 70.3 miles of swimming, biking and running. As TRIbes compete there will only be one winner. This winning TRIbe will receive the Lake Monster Rock and paint it with its tribal colors. This Rock will bring to the tribe good fortune all year long; this includes $500, VIP parking & prime reserved locations in the Transition Areas at future RaceTri events where applicable, not to mention honor and glory as the greatest TRIbe in all the land.


Clubs must submit intent to compete 30 days prior to the event  Clubs will also provide an electronic roster of all eligible club members no later than 7 days prior to the date of the event. Any modifications to the submitted club membership roster must be approved by RaceTri.

All registered club members must indicate their club name during registration. This information can be amended in the notes section by going to:

1. Log in to iamathlete
2. My Events
3. Utah Half -> Notes

 Utah Club Championship Scoring

*Points will be awarded only If athlete places overall or in age group. If no club member places overall or in an age group no points will be awarded. Points will not include the 3 points for participation. If multiple placement points apply only the largest point value will be taken.

**Fastest Splits will be measured among competeing club members only.

***Clubs who provide volunteers will receive 2 points for each volunteer, up to 20 points. Volunteers must attend volunteer meeting to receive points.



1. Participants will be ranked within their gender and age-group category. Club scoring may not directly correspond with the specific event awards.

2. Overall or age group placing will receive points according to the following:

Overall Placing

1st Place – 15
2nd Place – 14
3rd Place – 13
4th Place – 12
5th Place – 11
6th Place – 10
7th Place – 9
8th Place – 8
9th Place – 7

Age Group/Category Placing

1st Place – 6
2nd Place – 5
3rd Place – 4
If no club members place in the top 9 overall or in the top three in their age groups none of the above points will be awarded. If a club member places in one of these categories they will receive these points instead of NOT in addition to the 3 participation points.

3. Fastest Splits

The fastest splits among club participants ONLY will be awarded additional points as follows:

Fastest swim: 8 points
Fastest T1:       6 points
Fastest Bike:    8 points
Fastest T2:       6 points
Fastest Run:     8 points

 These points will be awarded as participants are being measured against other club members only.

3. Participants

Participants not placing in the overall or age-group places shall receive three (3) PARTICIPATION POINTS. There may be additional points awarded to this individual if they achieve a “Fastest Split” time(s).

4. Volunteers

For each volunteer a club provides they will earn 2 point. Volunteer points will be capped at 20 points. For a volunteer to qualify for points they must be in attendance at the pre-race meeting and perform volunteer duty



The Club Championship competition shall be scored and awards presented on-site on the date of the competition. Prizes include: $500, the Lake Monster Rock along with some other RaceTri perks throughout the coming year where applicable. (May include VIP parking, Discounts, Prime TA Location)



Relay teams are not eligible for club competition scoring.



If a tie exists a contrived short distance relay competition will be created on site for the two clubs to compete. This competition may include swimming, biking, running, playing chess, eating pizza, chopping wood; one or any combination of the creative madness the Race Director’s may deem fit to inflict. The fastest club will win this sudden death tie breaker and take home the prize.

Salem Spring RACE REPORT 2013 by Mandy Seeley


Salem Spring Triathlon Race report 2013

I was grateful after so many chilly races this year to compete at the Salem Spring triathlon on a gorgeous, sunny, warm day. Couldn’t have been better for June 1st. What also couldn’t have gone better was discovering that sometimes you can actually break some of the cardinal rules of triathlon – and still be successful. 

Broken rule #1 – don’t try anything in a race that you haven’t done in a training workout 1. Mandy Seeley

I decided to take one of James Lawrence’s suggestions (aka Iron Cowboy/World Record Holder/Salem Spring rabbit – how is he going to keep up with all of these nick names??) for this race and use wax ear plugs. If you could have seen me coming out of the water at my first triathlon in Palm Springs last December… or coming out of the water during the pre-race class James taught before the race, you’d know why I decided to break this rule. Drunken sailors had nothing on me! 

Normally, you wouldn’t want to try something new, because it may not work, slow you down, break something, etc. Luckily for me, I enjoyed a little peace and quiet before the race, had no pain in my ear form the cold water, and successfully made my way from the lake to T1 without falling over into the green fencing I’d help put up the night before. Yea!   

Broken Rule #2 – go through the course before the race 

This one actually hurt me on the bike. Now I’ve biked up Suncrest before – on a road bike that was heavy and way too big for me. I’d heard about “a hill” on the Salem course. But I was not expecting that big steep hill after coming around a corner. I was still recovering and trying to get into my rhythm from the first little hill coming out of T1, which I erroneously thought was “the hill”. Embarrassed, dropping my head in shame, I had to unclip and trudge up the last few feet of that hill. I overheard one of the police officers at the road crossing goading the cyclist in front of me, who was just standing there catching his breath – “C’mon! Don’t just stand there, get back on your bike and ride!” As soon as I made it to the top of the hill, I jumped back on and took off. I was NOT going to let that happen again! Next time around, I made sure to get enough momentum going to make it up the hill without stopping. Sure I was panting like a Rottweiler on a hot day, possibly foaming at the mouth, but I made it! 

Broken Rule #3 – stay focused during the race 

I’ve read that’s its good to have a plan, stick to it, and stay focused and in the zone if you will. However, by the time I got to the run I was so worn out from an 885 meter swim (according to my Garmin – I may have gone slightly off course) and from navigating the hills and feeling like I was on a slalom course avoiding the potholes, gravel, and man hole covers during the bike, that my plan (to beat Eric Oscarson – weight loss extraordinaire who I greatly admire and look up to) went out the window. I found my mind wondering to admire the beautiful houses along the course, wondering about the families who lived there and how they felt about all of us dropping who knows how many pounds of sweat right outside their windows bright and early on a Saturday morning. I was kinda wishing I was the one mowing the lawn at one house instead of wondering what it was about triathlons I had found appealing an hour before.  I was relishing the wonderful feeling of wearing my Altras for the first time in a race. Lastly, not being a math person, I was calculating that next Saturday, I’d be doing quintuple the distance on the bike that I’d just done, quadruple the run, and more than double the swim – and wondering how in the world I’d do that. 

To get my mind off the Boise Half Ironman next weekend (my first of that distance), I decided I needed to focus on something. So instead, I remembered why I was doing this in the first place – because I want to accomplish things I never could be before. I was also there representing the Ironheart Racing Team, which supports athletes who have had heart problems, and encourages healthy heart living. And I wanted to inspire others to do hard things. So, each person I passed on the run, I decided I’d encourage them. So I did. And it felt great. In my heart, I hoped they’d keep going, finish the race, and keep working to improve and go on and do more triathlons. 

Broken Rule #4 – if you have something left at the end, it means you didn’t give your all during the race

This one just doesn’t stand up in my book. Because I did give my all during the entire race. There’s just something about kicking it in at the very end to finish strong, get a negative split, and fly across that finish line that pushes me to run as fast as my short legs will carry me (okay, okay, maybe it was also because I was worried my boyfriend would chase me down and keep swatting my backside if I didn’t sprint – I sprint faster than him so I knew I could outrun him… hee hee). But that little sprint put me across the finish line at 1:42:59 – one more second would have been the next minute (lame). And I finished exactly two minutes slower than my amazing Ironman, Eric (although I ran 0:1:42 faster than him. Yes I know he went faster than me on the swim and bike – only by 0:1:46 and 0:1:47 respectively, but still. 

2 Eric O IMG_4052

Broken rule #5 – check with your doctor before participating in any physical activities 

Well, I didn’t ask my cardiologist about this specific race, but he did clear me for a triathlon nine days post ablation surgery in April (and I placed first in my age group at that one), and for the Ogden Marathon a couple weeks ago (My first marathon. Worst. Race. Ever.), and for the Boise Half Ironman next Saturday, a week after Salem Spring. Now, I figured if I could do those, I could do Salem. I learned that recovering from a full marathon takes a bit longer than I had anticipated. After Ogden, I had no desire to do any form of physical activity for about a week. And that probably affected my performance at Salem. Thank goodness for the motivation I had from trying something new in a race and having it work, succeeding on that hill not having been through the course before (at least the 2nd time around), losing my original focus and finding something better to focus on, and saving the best sprint for last. 

So bring on Rock Cliff! And I’ll try to stick with the rules at that race. Well, most of them anyway…

Salem Spring Race Clinic

World Record Holder James Lawrence will be hosting our Salem Spring Race Clinic

When: Wednesday May 29th 2013
Time: 6:30PM
Where: Knoll Park, Salem Pond —- Get Direction here:
What: Race Preview – Get a workout with James
Who: All Salem Athletes invited
Let James know what question you have about racing and want you want help with: swim stroke, bike time, love life, running form, transitions, meaning of life, etc.
Salem Spring Rabbit
 James will be racing in Salem as our Rabbit. He will get a few minute head start and then we all will chase him down 🙂 should be lots of fun!


Ice Breaker Roster 2013

Last Name First Name Event Age Category
Allen Todd 34 Age Group
Anderson Devan 16 Age Group
Apgar Glen 55 Age Group
Armstrong Samantha 18 Age Group
Arnett Kenya 26 Age Group
Arnett Landin 24 Age Group
Ashby Paul 41 Age Group
Avery Keate 26 Age Group
Baird Cameron 30 Age Group
Baker Susan 33 Athena (women 165+ lbs)
Balli Ricki 16 Age Group
Barkey Matt 15 Age Group
Barlow Judd 30 Age Group
Barnes Connie 61 Age Group
Bartholoew Nathan 32 Age Group
Bartholomew Kimberly 54 Age Group
Bartholomew Alison 30 Age Group
Bartholomew Mike 57 Age Group
Battaglia Deb 46 Age Group
Baxter Bryce 34 Clydesdale (men 220+ lbs)
Beazer Brian 40 Age Group
Beazer Tess 13 11-12 years
Belka Auston 32 Age Group
Bennett Broc 10 8-10 years
Bennett Michelle 44 Age Group
Berg Julian 15 Age Group
Boerke Susan 34 Age Group
Bostock Craig 32 Age Group
Brinton Leann 33 Age Group
Broderick James 23 Age Group
Brown Mark 59 Age Group
Brown Anne 28 Age Group
Burrows Tyler 29 Age Group
Burrows Brock 34 Age Group
Buzbee Laura 53 Age Group
Buzbee Bruce 54 Age Group
Carrington Allison 28 Athena (women 165+ lbs)
Carroll Neil 29 Age Group
Chadwick Craig 48 Male Team
Chadwick Kendall 39 Male Team
Chadwick Craig 48 Male Team
Chavez Andres 30 Age Group
Chilcoat Chris 41 Age Group
Christensen Michael 33 Age Group
Coombs Jason 39 Age Group
Coria Angel 15 Age Group
Crump Scott 55 Age Group
dahl Laura 53 Age Group
Davis James 21 Age Group
DeAgostine Andre 9 8-10 years
Deem Kathi 38 Age Group
Deem Trent 39 Age Group
Densley Robert 31 Age Group
Deskins Tyler 35 Age Group
D’Hulst Ethan 14 Age Group
Dixon Dan 38 Clydesdale (men 220+ lbs)
douros jeremy 32 Clydesdale (men 220+ lbs)
Drayer Rache 36 Age Group
drowne nancy 50 Age Group
Duckworth Brad 60 Age Group
Duckworth Marianne 59 Age Group
Duke Diego 30 Age Group
Dustin Tracy 49 Age Group
Eborn Jared 44 Age Group
Elsey Jamie 25 Athena (women 165+ lbs)
Erickson Andrew 45 Age Group
Ernenwein Erica 19 Age Group
Farley Jeff 26 Age Group
Forester Krystle 24 Age Group
Fry Denise 35 Age Group
Garrett Ty 43 Age Group
Gehring Jeff 36 Age Group
Gilroy Adam 37 Clydesdale (men 220+ lbs)
Goates Tina 34 Age Group
Goates Steve 35 Clydesdale (men 200+ lbs)
Godfrey Danielle 14 Age Group
Godfrey Matthew 33 Age Group
Grange Michelle 30 Age Group
Hadley Antonio 15 Age Group
Hall Jordan 15 Age Group
Halliday Donna 41 Age Group
Halliday Greg 49 Age Group
Hansen Bryan 37 Age Group
Hansen Hayley 19 Age Group
Harding Jesse 38 Age Group
Harris Spencer 36 Clydesdale (men 220+ lbs)
Hartvigsen B 38 Clydesdale (men 220+ lbs)
Harward Ashley 31 Age Group
Hatzidakis Melinda 36 Age Group
Henderson Gary 60 Age Group
Herrin Carolina 34 Athena (women 165+ lbs)
Herrin Tom 38 Clydesdale (men 220+ lbs)
Higgins Natalie 34 Age Group
Higgins Tyler 31 Age Group
Hilton Greg 30 Age Group
Hobbs Samantha 38 Age Group
Holdsworth Sarah 21 Age Group
Holmquist Zane 46 Age Group
Hoover Don 28 Age Group
Hopper Eric 25 Age Group
Horne Gene 48 Age Group
Horton Anadine 41 Athena (women 165+ lbs)
Houghton Jen 30 Age Group
Howland G. Tyler 29 Age Group
Howland Sarah 29 Age Group
Hubbard Taira 23 Age Group
Hult Nate 39 Age Group
Hunter Kade 16 Age Group
Hydo Rich 34 Age Group
Hydo Mykenzie 27 Age Group
Iccabazzi Peter 43 Age Group
Isaksen JoAnn 40 Athena (women 165+ lbs)
Iverson Travis 28 Age Group
Jensen Cindy 49 Age Group
John Steve 46 Age Group
Johnson Alyssa 16 Age Group
Johnson Ranee 65 Age Group
Johnson Meagen 37 Athena (women 165+ lbs)
Jolley Amy 39 Athena (women 165+ lbs)
Jones Brandon 15 Age Group
Jones Kelly 35 Age Group
Jones Ryan 27 Age Group
Jorgensen Tim 39 Age Group
Juretich Jodi 51 Age Group
Kelley Paul 53 Age Group
Kitchen Zach 19 Age Group
Kline IV Louis 41 Age Group
Klundt Stacia 54 Age Group
Korbanka Juergen 50 Age Group
Krompel Christie 27 Age Group
Krotosky Jeff 31 Clydesdale (men 200+ lbs)
Lach Ivan 49 Age Group
Lauritzen Leanne 34 Age Group
Law Mike 33 Age Group
Leininger Savannah 12 11-12 years
Leininger Isabelle 9 8-10 years
Leininger Tricia 35 Athena (women 165+ lbs)
Lennon Alexa 34 Age Group
Lewis Tanya 40 Age Group
Limb Katie 34 Age Group
Llewelyn Julie 32 Age Group
Lopez Jose 15 Age Group
Lucero Tavia 23 Age Group
Lucio Xavier 32 Age Group
Luis Lopez 24 Age Group
Luse David 51 Age Group
madsen valeria 33 Age Group
Maitre Patrick 49 Age Group
Maki Chris 44 Age Group
Malan Blake 27 Age Group
Malan Kristine 25 Age Group
Marchant Covina 28 Age Group
Marroquin Renson 38 Age Group
Marsing Chad 32 Age Group
Marsing Eric 32 Age Group
Maughan Jake 29 Age Group
McBride Amelia 31 Age Group
McBride Joe 32 Age Group
Mecham Matthew 45 Age Group
Mendez Frank 51 Age Group
Meredith-Dunlop Amanda 33 Age Group
Miller Riley 15 Age Group
Millward Travis 28 Age Group
Monson Lacey 19 Age Group
Monson Rosie 17 Age Group
Monson Jenny 47 Age Group
Monson Lynn 49 Age Group
Monson Jayden 13 11-12 years
Moore Katherine 49 Age Group
Morengo Francisco 16 Age Group
Mortensen Melanie 38 Age Group
Moses Tia 16 Age Group
Muhlestein Jeffery 40 Age Group
Muterspaugh Jackie 44 Clydesdale (men 220+ lbs)
Myers Matthew 39 Age Group
Naylor Abbey 25 Age Group
Nelson Marissa 21 Age Group
Newren Eric 30 Age Group
Newren Staci 31 Age Group
newton kim 58 Age Group
Nielson Whitney 27 Age Group
Nix Matthew 38 Age Group
North Shauna 21 Age Group
Nowling Jessica 22 Age Group
Oldroyd Melinda 35 Athena (women 165+ lbs)
Oldroyd Cathy 62 Age Group
Oldroyd Ronald 68 Age Group
Oldroyd Cathy 62 Age Group
Olds Baylee 16 Age Group
Ollis Camille 35 Age Group
Olsen Mark 60 Age Group
Oman Melissa 25 Age Group
Oscarson Eric 37 Clydesdale (men 220+ lbs)
Ostermann Leisa 50 Age Group
Paredes Christopher 16 Age Group
Paul Brian 41 Age Group
Paulson Katherine 40 Athena (women 150+ lbs)
paxman staci 42 Age Group
paxman Staci 42 Age Group
paxman wade 54 Age Group
Pearson Eli 15 Age Group
Peck Riley 31 Age Group
Pecorelli Trudy 42 Age Group
Perez Karina 15 Age Group
Perron Scott 22 Age Group
Peschel Bryan 30 Age Group
Petersen Robert 47 Age Group
Peterson Hollie 47 Age Group
Peterson Andrea 19 Age Group
Peterson Julie 43 Age Group
Peterson Matt 37 Age Group
Pierce Jason 39 Age Group
Polgar Edgar 40 Age Group
Ponce Anna 15 Age Group
Porter Savanah 14 13-14 years
Porter Justin 13 11-12 years
Primeau Christopher 39 Pro/Elite
Prusse Sarah 34 Athena (women 165+ lbs)
Prusse Brian 34 Age Group
Raymond Wesley 59 Age Group
Rodriguez Felix 43 Age Group
Rodriguez-Meza Victor 16 Age Group
Roh Gabrielle 56 Age Group
Romney Mark 51 Clydesdale (men 220+ lbs)
Rowley Merilee 40 Age Group
Rudd Alex 24 Age Group
Sauzeat Jeff 40 Age Group
Scharman Scott 52 Age Group
Schellhous Randy 43 Age Group
Scoville Spencer 39 Age Group
Sedgwick Jeff 57 Clydesdale (men 220+ lbs)
Seeley Mandy 34 Age Group
Septon Jessica 29 Age Group
Shafer Kimberly 41 Age Group
Shamy Jason 34 Age Group
Shamy Brigitte 30 Age Group
Sherwin Dave 47 Age Group
Simons Zachariah 16 Age Group
Slatter Sean 44 Age Group
Smith Chuck 40 Age Group
Smith Krista 38 Age Group
Sobkowicz Angela 24 Age Group
Soderborg Brittney 25 Athena (women 165+ lbs)
Southwick Rus 32 Age Group
Southwick Cam 24 Clydesdale (men 220+ lbs)
Sowa Mark 45 Age Group
Squire Kage 16 Age Group
Steinmann Spencer 34 Age Group
Stenquist Melanee 26 Age Group
Stephens Shannon 16 Age Group
Stevenson Stacey 28 Age Group
Stowell Todd 50 Age Group
Sundquist Pamela 42 Age Group
Surber Richard 40 Age Group
Tasker Griffin 8 7 and Under
Tasker Scott 33 Age Group
Taylor Mark 38 Age Group
Taylor Matt 39 Age Group
Taylor Bart 41 Age Group
Thomas Sadie 30 Age Group
Thresher William 44 Age Group
Thunell Bret 49 Age Group
Tranchell Allie 11 8-10 years
Tranchell Aubrie 8 7 and Under
Tulett Carlee 29 Age Group
Turner Shawn 33 Age Group
Tuttle Carol 56 Age Group
Van Tassell Andrew 27 Age Group
Van Tassell Gene 60 Age Group
Vanhille Lee 65 Age Group
Velazquez William 15 Age Group
Ventress Robin 44 Age Group
Vorpahl Marley 26 Age Group
Warden David 39 Age Group
Warr Lynn 67 Age Group
Warren David 52 Age Group
Webb Ryan 41 Age Group
Wengert Devin 25 Age Group
West Christian 26 Age Group
Westra Jordan 23 Age Group
Westra Kate 20 Age Group
Westra Kyle 51 Age Group
Wheeler Casey 12 11-12 years
Wheeler Dell 55 Age Group
Wheeler Emily 14 13-14 years
wheeler joshua 29 Age Group
Whitby Carter 15 Age Group
White Kathy Jo 31 Age Group
White Christopher 32 Age Group
White Sarah 27 Pro/Elite
Whiting Eric 49 Age Group
Wilbur Damian 38 Age Group
Wilson Keb 35 Age Group
Wilson Branden 32 Age Group
Wilson Ryan 37 Clydesdale (men 220+ lbs)
Woods BreAnna 27 Age Group
Wright Brandon 31 Clydesdale (men 220+ lbs)
Yelifari Heather 37 Age Group
Zanazzi Alessandro 36 Age Group
Zanazzi Martin 8 7 and Under
Zirkle Rebecca 23 Age Group




brought to you by CK Elite Mentor Team
Who: Anyone interested, it’s FREE. 
What: Icebreaker clinic.  Come knock off the dust, practice or learn transitions and bike/run the course in a group.
Where: American Fork Rec Center Baseball fields
When: Saturday, March 23rd at 10am POSTPONED to …
When: Wednesday March 27th at 6pm
Why:  Why not? Its good practice and its FREE
RSVP: email if you plan to attend so we can have enough racks for everyone!!!!
CK Elite Racing and Mentor Team will be holding an Icebreaker clinic on March 27th.  The Clinic Preparing and training for your first triathlonwill focus on Transitions, Biking and Running.  We will not be swimming at this event.  Come out and knock off the dust, especially if your new to Triathlon.  We will have transition racks set up for you to practice on and be available to teach transitions or give suggestions. 
After the transition overview we will bike the course in 3 different groups, a 20 mph average group, a 17.5 mph average group, and a 15 mph or slower average group.  These rides will be led by CK Elite and they will be NO DROP Rides.  The rides will be open to traffic so all laws must be obeyed.  After completing the ride you will transition and run the course. It will be open to traffic so obey all laws and be safe.  We will have volunteers present to watch your stuff in the transition area for you.  This is a self supported event, so bring enough water/gel for the clinic.

Swim Clinic & Black Ridge Water Level 2012

The race will go on at Black Ridge & there will be a swim clinic too!

There have been some people concerned about the water level in the Black Ridge Res. We have been working really close with the AMAZING city of Herriman and discovered they have dipped into those water reserves to save homes from the Rosecrest fire last month… “Lives before TRIs” … good policy 🙂  I spoke with Danie Bills from Herriman City today (7/13/12) and she informed me that they are slowly filling the reservoir (should take another two weeks or so)  and it will be good to go for the Escape from Black Ridge! Now with that said we are inviting all Black Ridge TRI athletes to join PRO Heath Thurston at Black Ridge for a swim clinic the week of the race.

Open Water Swim Clinic TUESDAY August, 7th 2012

Heath Thurston at Utah Half Ironman 2011 Just after finishing his trademark butterfly stroke for the final 25 yards.

When: Tuesday August 7th from 6:30PM – 8:00PM
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 – to register for triathlon – REGISTER 


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! Packet pickup will NOT be available at the clinic – for information about getting your packet please visit the Black Ridge race page

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 their first Tri.

To inquire about joining HT TRAINING Contact Mahogani at:
 Heath Thurston with a 3 Minute lead out of the water at the Utah Half Ironman 2010
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