Ironman Coeur d’Alene, San Diego International

Jona Davis on the podium in San Diego!

Jona Davis on the podium in San Diego!

Another big weekend of racing! The heat has been out in force around the West and it was no different in Coeur d’Alene. Congratulations to Ashley Crossman who raced Ironman Coeur d’Alene this weekend in Idaho. It was a record hot day in CDA with temps approaching 110 degrees! Normally, people choose to do this race in part because of the reasonable temperatures—usually in the 70s and 80s. This was Ashley’s first attempt at an Ironman and she finished in 15 hours. Nice job Ashley!

The long-running San Diego International was also held this weekend. We had four athletes racing and Jona Davis took home an impressive 1st place in her AG and 15th overall female in this highly competitive race.

Ashley Crossman – 15:00:02

San Diego International Olympic

Jona Davis – 2:00:53 – 1st in AG, 15th overall!

Dana Kennedy – 2:39 – 18th in AG

Kyrsten Sinema – 2:31 – 20th in AG

San Diego International Sprint

Melissa Samuelson – 1:27 – 4th in AG

Happy early 4th of July!

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Lake Meridian Sprint, WA, Enchanted Forest MTB, NM, Challenge Heilbronn, Germany

Three-level transition area, Challenge Heilbronn, Germany

Three-level transition area, Challenge Heilbronn, Germany

Two big results from last weekend! Congratulations to Jennifer Klein and Ric Emery.

First, Jennifer Klein competed in the Lake Meridian Sprint Tri in Washington State and took 2nd in her AG with a time of 1:41. Nice job Jennifer!

In New Mexico, long time Camelback Coaching athlete, Ric Emery, competed in the grueling 24-hour Enchanted Forest MTB race. Ric raced in the single speed solo category and covered 211 miles in 24 hours. This placed him first in the Single Speed Solo Category! This is Ric’s first overall win after doing this sport for several years. Way to go Ric!

And finally, introducing the three-level transition area! Kim Essendrup sent us this photo from his son’s race at Challenge Heilbronn in Germany. All athletes had to run to the top, then descend the levels with their bike, and run out. Same on the way back. How’s that on tired legs!

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Boise 70.3, Hatfield and McCoy Marathon, HFM Maritime Marathon

Heather Grahame Boise 70.3It was a hot weekend for racing last weekend! Two Camelback Coaching athletes raced at Boise 70.3 and we had just as many podium finishes! Sharon Johnston finished in 5:59, taking  2nd in her AG, while Heather Grahame (pictured) finished in 6:44 to take 3rd in her AG!

Frank Smith ran the Hatfield and McCoy Marathon in 5:35 and finished 14th in his AG on a day when temperatures reached 96 degrees during the race!

And Andy Cashetta ran the HFM Maritime Marathon in Wisconsin. He finished in 3:42 and took 51st overall male.

Nice race, all!

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Escape from Alcatraz, Tahoe Century Ride, Deadwood Mickelson Trail Marathon

Dana Kennedy, Lindsey Buckman, Kyrsten Sinema - Tahoe Century

Dana Kennedy, Lindsey Buckman, Kyrsten Sinema – Tahoe Century

Great race weekend! Congratulations to Jenifer Garner who raced the iconic Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon in San Francisco. Jenifer finished in 3:39 over the challenging course. Jenifer will be racing IMCDA in a few weeks!

Also in California, Kyrsten SinemaDana Kennedy and Lindsey Buckman took on the hills at the Tahoe Century bike race in Lake Tahoe, CA. Kyrsten and Dana raced the 100 miler while Lindsey completed the 72 miler. All three will be racing Ironmans later this fall.

Lastly, Adela Riehle raced the Deadwood Mickelson Trail Marathon in South Dakota this weekend. Adela finished this rugged trail marathon in 5:32 and took 12th in her AG. She did this just a couple of weeks after finishing IM Texas! We often say that if you ever want to try an “off-the-wall” endurance event, the first month after finishing an IM is a great time, as you’re in fantastic aerobic shape and might as well take advantage of it!

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Vineman Olympic, Laguna Hills Half Marathon, San Diego Half Marathon, Deuces Wild Olympic, Aravaipa Night Trail 10K, Canyon Lake Open Water Swim

Ken Mantay, Deuces Wild Olympic, Show Low

Ken Mantay, Deuces Wild Olympic, Show Low, 2nd Clydesdale!

Wow, the HEAT is finally here! The smart ones headed to CA (Ha!), but we did have athletes in AZ, too. Congrats all!

Canyon Lake Open Water Swim


Peter Ney – 39:30 – 2nd overall male


Jona Davis –28:16 –  4th overall Masters Female

Kory McCarthy – 28:23 – 3rd male open division

Aravaipa Night Trail 10K

Peter Ney – 42:10 – 5th overall male (busy weekend for Peter!)

San Diego ½ Marathon

Paul Kluzak – 1:28 – Paul will be racing one of the toughest long course races in the world next month at the Alpe D’Huez Triathlon in France.

Deuces Wild Olympic Tri

Ken Mantay – 3:26 – 2nd Clydesdale

Heather Wilson – 2:46 – 3rd in AG

Eero Allison – 2:34 – 5th in AG

Vineman Olympic, CA

Andrea Aker – 2:58 – 11th AG

Laguna Hills Half Marathon, CA

Andy Cashetta – 1:43 – 11th AG

Angie Stoller – 1:47 – 5th AG

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Fastest Woman in Congress! Kyrsten Sinema!

Congratulations to Kyrsten Sinema who ran the ACLI Capital Challenge 5K today in Washington D.C. This is an annual race where members of Congress and the media get to race. Kyrsten defended her title from last year as Fastest Woman in Congress with a PR  time of 24:14! Way to go, Kyrsten!

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Ironman Texas, St. Polten 70.3 Austria, Tempe International

Adela at Ironman Texas

Adela at Ironman Texas

Great weekend of racing, everyone! Congratulations to Adela Riehle (pictured) for completing the tough Ironman Texas in a time of 15:38. Adela dealt with 83-degree temperatures, 80% humidity, and high winds on race day. Nice job, Adela! In Europe, Kim Essendrup finished the St. Polten 70.3 race in Austria in a PR time of 6:31! Kim will be racing Roth in July.

In AZ, our athletes raced in the Tempe International Sprint and Olympic races, as well as the Goodyear Dash & Splash. Best weather we’ve seen in years this late into the spring season!

Goodyear Dash & Splash

Kory McCarthy – 38:23 – 1st overall male!

Tempe International Sprint

Peter Ney – 1:07 – 1st in AG

CJ Ketterer – 1:22 – 1st in AG

Preston Miller – 1:28 – 1st in AG

Darren West – 1:09 – 2nd in AG

Clay Clark – 1:31 – 2nd in AG

Jona Davis – 1:13 – 2nd in AG

Kathy Stanley – 1:16 – 2nd in AG

Shashani Marcus – 1:33 – 2nd in Athena div.

Heather Stein – 1:30 – 5th in AG

Barb Wang – 1:33 – 6th in AG

Tempe International Olympic

Kevin La Ra – 2:24 – 4th in AG

Pat Devine – 2:31 – 6th in AG

Tali Klip – 2:34 – 2nd in AG and 10th overall female two weeks after racing Wildflower!

Mark Livingston – 2:35 – 11th in AG

Mike Haenel – 2:56 – 19th in AG

Dana Kennedy – 3:05 – 3rd in AG

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Arizona S.C.A.R. Swim Challenge

Apache Lake - one lake of four in Arizona S.C.A.R. Swim Challenge

Apache Lake – one lake of four in Arizona S.C.A.R. Swim Challenge

Not many races this past weekend but one BIG one will do. Congratulations to Peter Lofquist who competed in the Arizona S.C.A.R. Swim Challenge. This event consists of four ultra-swims in local lakes completed in four days (Saguaro Lake, Canyon Lake, Apache Lake, Roosevelt Lake). Peter completed 3 of the 4 races (he did not complete the 17 mile Apache Lake Swim due to high winds and dangerous conditions).

Peter swam the 8.5-mile Saguaro Lake swim in 4 hours 30 min, the 8.2-mile Canyon Lake Swim in 4 hours 36 min, and the 6.7-mile Roosevelt Lake Swim in 3 hours 55 min. Peter will be racing Arizona 70.3 in the fall. Doubtful that the 1.2-mile swim there will even register as a blip on his radar.

Good luck to everyone racing this weekend at Tempe International, and to Adela Riehle, who is racing IM Texas!

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Wildflower, St. George 70.3, Esprit de She, Whiskey Row Half Marathon, Flying Pig Marathon, Chino Grinder, Tri-Zona Olympic

Jona Davis - Chino Grinder podium!

Jona Davis – Chino Grinder podium!

Lots of races this past weekend and plenty of strong results! Special congrats to Tali Klip, Brian Toncray, Sharon Johnston, Dwight Lundell, and Andy Wall who raced two of the tougher Half Ironmans out there in Wildflower and St. George.



Whiskey Row Half Marathon

Andy Cashetta – 1:56 – 8th in AG

Flying Pig Marathon

Frank Smith – 4:35 – this was Frank’s 8th marathon in the past three weeks!

St George 70.3

Andy Wall – 8:16 – Andy will be racing IMAZ this fall.

Sharon Johnston – 6:12 – 6th in AG.

Dwight Lundell (CC alum) – 6:38 – 1st in AG! Dwight and Sharon will be racing at IM Hawaii in Oct.

Wildflower Long Course Half Ironman IM (North America’s Toughest Half Ironman)

Tali Klip – 6:06 – 2nd in AG! This was a huge result in a highly competitive field at the toughest race in the US!

Brian Toncray – 6:10 – 31st in AG. Brian and Tali will be racing IMAZ this fall.

Esprit de She Sprint

Kathy Stanley – 1:20 – PR! 6th overall and 1st in AG!

Beth Lofquist – 1:32 – 4th in AG.

Barb Wang – 1:35 – 5th in AG.

Sherrie Logg – 1:40 – 9th in AG.

Esprit de She Olympic

Dana Kennedy – 2:59 – PR! 5th in AG.

Ashley Crossman – 2:53 – 4th in AG. Ashley is racing IMCDA in June.

Kristin Patterson – 2:54 – 4th in AG.

Kyrsten Sinema – 3:17 – 16th in AG.

Joan McGue – 3:41 – 2nd in AG.

Chino Grinder off Gravel Bike Race

Jona Davis – 3rd place overall!

Tri-Zona Olympic

Heather Wilson – 2:44 – 1st in AG!

Eero Allison – 2:36 – 1st in AG!

Nice job everyone!!!!

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Galveston 70.3, Rocky Point Tri, Pat’s Run, Cottonwood 20K TT, Answer to the Challenge Bike, Whiskey Off-road 30-mile and 50-mile,

Patrick Haenel worlds qualifier Apr 15A great weekend for racing and training–gotta love the stormy weather! CC athletes competed in a wide variety of events this past weekend, but we’d like to congratulate Patrick Haenel (pictured second from left) for his race at the Galveston 70.3 in Texas. Patrick finished in a nice 5:10 and took 3rd place in his AG. This qualified him for the 70.3 World Championships to be held in Austria later this summer. Patrick has only been at this sport for a couple of seasons now, but has shown rock steady improvement all the way!

Galveston 70.3

Patrick Haenel – 5:10 – 3rd in AG –qualified for World Championships!

Rocky Point Sprint

Andrea Aker – 1:14 – 2nd in AG – this was Andrea’s first ever tri!

Rocky Point Olympic

Kyrsten Sinema – 3:11 – 7th in AG

Dana Kennedy – 2:55 – 2nd in AG – PR!

Pat’s Run

Ken Mantay – 43:33 – Ken will be racing Roth later this summer.

Eero Allison – 30:27

Heather Wilson – 30:52 – PR!

Cottonwood 20K TT

Peter Ney – 30:07 (24.8mph) – 2nd in Masters+ division

Answer to the Challenge Bike Ride (92 miles, 10,000’ of climbing)

Sue Frome – 7:39

Whiskey Off Road 30 mile MTB

Mark Livingston – 3:21 – Mark is racing IMAZ later this year.

Whiskey Off Road 50 Miler

Darren West – 5:52 – Darren is a long time Ironman athlete.

Good luck to every racing Esprit de She this weekend and to Tali Klip and Brian Toncray who are racing the Wildflower Long Course Tri!!

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