So, we are now in the full swing of the race season in Michigan and our athletes have done very well to kick things off their racing. Our team of five athletes raced at Grand Rapids (which is posted on the next entry)….
Ali Schwein- One of our youth athletes has been racing full bore to start the year. She recently returned from ITU Duathlon WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS with a solid performance on a tough bike course. She also captured an A.G. win at
Eric Buckhave- “Hippie” is off to a great start for the season with an A.G. win at the Grosse Isle Duathon and 5th place overall. He also won his A.G. at the Dexter-Ann Arbor 5k with a sub 7:00/mile performance. And in defense of his AG title at the Running Fit Triceratops Sprint Tri, set a new P.R. and had the fastest bike split of the night, which ended with a 13th Overall finish.
Duane Amato- Our “Masters Extraordinaire” has posted some more fine finishes with a 2nd place at the Suttons Bay 10k ; 2nd place in his AG at the Bayshore 10k; 1st place Grand Masters at the Homeward Bound 5k, 1st place in AG at the M-22 Challenge for the 4th year in a row.
Shawn Vogels- The “Gas Man” started off the year with a 2nd place at the Island Lake Olympic Tri and a 5th at the Mideast Championship qualifier that punched his ticket to USAT A.G. Nationals in Milwaukee.
John Wilson- “Super Dad” is doing well in light of his busy life. He ran at 1:39 at the Bayshore Half Marathon, which was 14th in his AG out of 105 and 141st OVERALL. Nice work! He’s also moving off road to the Xterra series and finished the Xterra Logansport with a 5th place in his first off road event.
Paul Kozlowski- In a build up to IM Tremblant this year; Paul competed at the Back to Nature 5k and brought home a podium spot with a 3rd place OVERALL.
Janelle Holt- The “Weather Girl” has been on a tear “off road” this year. She got her spot for TEAM USA in 2015 for Off Road Triathlon with an AG finish at the Xterra Richmond. Congratulations to her. She’s also had a couple of classification wins in the Tailwind MTB series, well on her way to an overall championship if things continue.