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  • 30 Jun 2017 10:11 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


    CONTACT:

    Karen Harbaugh

    352-222-3929

    karenharbaugh@cox.net 

    http://g3.wildapricot.org/


    Gainesville Triathlon Club Granted $2500 to Foster Growth in Female Membership


    Gainesville, FL, June 29, 2017 – G3, Gainesville Triathlon Club, was recently awarded the Women For TriTM TriClub Grant of $2500 for the second year in a row from The IRONMAN Foundation. This grant provides the club with funds for increasing women’s participation in triathlon. 


    For a city of its size, Gainesville can boast an unprecedented number of amateur athletes. G3, for example, has doubled its membership since 2014. The club has been particularly focused on growing its female base, as participation in the sport increases women’s personal empowerment.


    Triathlon is a general term that covers any three sport event, but primarily refers to events that have a swim, followed by a bike leg, followed by a run. The distances range from a super sprint (4.6 miles total) to an Ironman distance (140.3 miles total) and everything in between.


    G3 members range from their 20s into their 70s competing at all levels and distances. Elyse Gallegos, a neonatal nurse at North Florida Regional Medical Center, is also a top triathlete and was ranked as the number one All World Athlete in 2016 for the 25-29 age group. She has qualified for the Ironman World Triathlon Championship and the Ironman 70.3 World Triathlon Championship and will be competing in both this year. Sharon Byun, OB-GYN faculty member at the University of Florida, will be representing the United States at the Sprint Triathlon World Championship in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, in September of this year.


     “The G3 community is the best encouragement out there,” Gallegos muses. “Even as a 10+ year veteran in the sport, seeing that team support out on course or getting high-fives as you cross paths is all you need to get you going again. We feed off the positive energy of bringing out the best in one another, striving for excellence, and of course plenty of laughing and having fun along the way.”


    At the other end of the spectrum, the club supported several women in their first triathlons including Andrea Godman, an Educational Support Professional with the Alachua County Public Schools. 


    “I've never been an ‘active’ person, I never played organized sports growing up and I'm that person who earned an ‘F’ in high school PE because I didn't want to dress out, break a sweat and then return to class!” says Godman. “Race day I had a huge support group and loud cheering section.  It really helped and I was so appreciative.  I was still nervous as all get out and honestly just had the goal of finishing it!  But I surprised myself and did better than I thought I would ever do.... finishing 2nd in my age group!  Crossing that finish line was so exciting, so rewarding and a relief too.  When I returned to work after the race, a coworker told me how proud she was of me and how I inspired her!  I couldn't believe it; I actually inspired another woman!”


    This grant will allow G3 to support women like Gallegos and Byun in their world title pursuits and inspire more women like Godman to get involved. As Byun noted, “I started racing when I was 43. I would never have believed I could reach this point, all while raising a family and pursuing a full time career. The support of the G3 community means I can do both.”


    G3 will be holding a free panel presentation on Saturday, July 8th, at 9 am, at the Gainesville Health & Fitness Main Center (4820 West Newberry Rd). The panel will discuss their experiences as new triathletes and explain the resources provided by the community and the club. Women of any age and athletic ability are invited to join us to learn more about this amazing sport. Registration at:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/tri-and-you-will-succeed-tickets-34923523198


    About G3

    G3 is the only public USA Triathlon sanctioned club in Gainesville, Florida. Its mission is to promote the sport of triathlon in Gainesville by learning, training, and racing together in a positive social environment.


    About Women for TriTM

    Women For Tri™, a program of The IRONMAN Foundation launched by IRONMAN and Life Time Fitness in 2015, works to increase female participation at all levels of triathlon. The program seeks to identify and diminish primary barriers to entry and mobilize triathlon advocates to encourage and engage female athletes across all race distances and representing all athletic abilities.

  • 14 Mar 2016 9:23 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Gas Card Program


    For each of the 4 official club races, 5 gas cards are available for G3 members who are carpooling to the event.  These will be issued on a first come, first served basis.  Here are the rules:

    • 1.     Four weeks prior to each of the club races, gas cards can be requested.
    • 2.     Requests are made by emailing ericcastaldo35@gmail.com.
    • 3.     In your request, you must include the name or names of the G3 members who are in your carpool.
    • 4.     We will check with DRC Sports to ensure that you and at least one rider have signed up for the race.  If you and one other rider have not signed up for the race, your request will be denied.
    • 5.     If you meet criteria, you will be notified that a gas card will be available for you and your name will be forwarded to Gator Cycle, where you can pick up the gas card.

    We have 20 gas cards per year for carpooling members.  If less than 5 cards are used per race, then the leftovers will be rolled over to the next race and so on.


    Additionally, if you have already received a gas card for one event and request one for a second event, priority will be given to members who have not yet received one.  However, this does not exclude you from receiving a gas card for the second event depending upon how many and which members request a card.


    Here are the dates that requests can begin to be made:

                      Crystal River Sprint #1 (race date May 28th) – April 30th

                      Jacksonville Sprint/Olympic #1 (race date June 18th) – May 21st

                      Jacksonville Sprint/Olympic #2 (race date July 16th) – June 18th

                      Crystal River Sprint #3 (race date Sept 3rd) – August 6th             

  • 25 Feb 2016 4:31 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)



    In June of 2012, Sharon Byun, M.D. took part in her first triathlon in Crystal River.  Her 1st place finish in the Novice division would be a preview to her future in the sport.  She quickly learned the pitfalls of trying to put a dry T-shirt on a wet body in T1 and the value of a fast bike split.


    Sharon completed her first half marathon a few months earlier and at the behest of her friend Pippin, they entered the triathlon for a new challenge.  She was hooked instantly.  Prior to participating, Sharon joined G3.  Her first G3 event was a brick workout.  Sharon arrived with a 15-year old mountain bike and quickly realized she was in need of a road bike.


    Growing up in Philadelphia, Sharon participated in multiple sports.  She ran her first 10K when she was 11 and ran cross-country in high school.  She also was a high school swimmer, where she was mostly involved in sprint freestyle events.


    Not only does Sharon swim, bike, and run, but as an OB/GYN she considers delivering babies, seeing patients in the office, and performing operations her “work triathlon.”  She loves her job, but admits that sometimes “I feel like work gets in the way of my workouts.”


    Sharon lists the Crystal River Sprint Series as her favorite race and notes that they will always hold a special place in her heart.


    In 2014, Sharon participated in the USA Triathlon Sprint Distance National Championship in Milwaukee.  This was an emotional race.  Her dad was diagnosed with metastatic cancer shortly before the race.  She dedicated the race to him.  She raced to a 1:19:32 finish.  Her father died 12 days later with Sharon at his side.  Despite racing with a heavy heart, it was a memorable race and she loved sharing the weekend with the 8 other G3 members who also made the trip.


    Sharon lists the feeling of complete and utter exhaustion as she is pushing to the finish line that immediately transitions (T3) to pure bliss as her favorite part of a triathlon.  Her least favorite part is flat tires.


    Sharon had a season to remember in 2015.  She finished in 1st place in her age group in every race she entered.  Her best accomplishment was winning the overall Female Masters St. Anthony’s Sprint.  She was ranked 221/1903 of all 45 to 49 year old women, narrowly missing out on being named a USA Triathlon All-American (top 10%).


    Sharon would advise triathletes to hire a coach and attributes her increasing speed with age to her coach, Karyn Austin.  She also advises newcomers to join a club for the camaraderie and support they provide.  She also advises to always thank your loved ones for their support, as she knows she couldn’t live the multisport lifestyle without a supportive family.


    With the support of her husband and 9 year old son by her side, Sharon hopes to continue on this multisport journey and one day be named an All-American.




  • 04 Feb 2016 9:03 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)



    Mark Syzmanski first began competing in the sport of triathlon in 1997.  His daughter’s 8-year old friend wanted to do a Publix Family Fitness Weekend Triathlon in Daytona Beach.  At age 36, he was working behind a desk and couldn’t run a mile.  He figured his body was designed to do more than this and he entered.  He finished 77th out of 79 total entrants.  Despite finishing at the bottom of the race, he was hooked.


    Over the years, Mark has found that committing to a race continues to motivate him to train hard.  He also notes that training for races has helped him become more successful in other areas of life.


    As a 19-year veteran of triathlon, Mark lists St. Anthony’s Triathlon in St. Petersburg, FL as one of his favorite races.  He has also raced the USA Triathlon National Championships in Burlington, VT and Milwaukee, WI each of the past 5 seasons.  He has done both the Sprint and the Olympic distance races at these events on successive days each time in 2014 and 2015.  He also lists Lake Logan, NC is a beautiful place to race and a great way to escape the August heat of Florida.  


    Mark still loves the excitement that can be felt moments before starting the swim.  He also loves trying to set new personal records.  He has raced in many states over the course of his career, but would one day like to race the Boulder, CO Olympic distance race.


    After 18 years, his advice to newcomers to the sport is to set reasonable goals, strive to improve some each year, and make multisport a lifestyle. Additionally, he recommends cross training and having fun in the off-season. Finally, finding a good training partner is very helpful.


    Mark has improved his cycling dramatically over the years and attributes Power Cranks to be very effective for these gains.  Despite finishing near the very bottom of his first ever race, Mark is now a podium regular.  In 2015, Mark was ranked 348 out of 2765 men in the 50-54 year old age group, narrowly missing out on being named a USA Triathlon All-American (top 10% of age group).  In 2016, Mark enters a new age group with the goal of being named a USA Triathlon All-American.


    Mark has been a member of G3 since 2011 and is one of its most accomplished members.  Good luck Mark in 2016 and beyond.

  • 04 Feb 2016 8:38 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Welcome Katherine to the G3 family.

  • 27 Jan 2016 5:30 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Welcome Matt to the G3 family.
  • 21 Jan 2016 12:51 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Welcome Peter McDonough to the G3 Family!

  • 16 Dec 2015 4:19 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Rudy Project has a few holiday specials they are running. They are as follows:

     

    Deal 1: The team can get up to 71% to 74% off certain sale items. This runs through the holidays

    Deal 2: Team can get 66% off of certain Wingspans/ Wing57s. This runs through the holidays

    Deal 3: Every order of $200 or more gets a free pair of casual glasses- This is indefinite.

    ...

     

    Link to website: www.e-rudy.com/vip
    Sponsorship Code: G3TRI
    (please rememer not to share code with non-G3 members)

  • 24 Jun 2015 4:12 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Race Report – Heartland Triathlon – 6/21/2015


    It was a hot, muggy Father’s Day in Sebring, FL.  G3 was well represented with 6 participants in the Olympic distance race and a single participant in the Sprint distance race (plus a spouse).


    First and foremost, a big shout out goes out to Miki Castaldo and Aimee Howe, who each completed their first Olympic distance race.  Miki completed the course in 3:07:11 and Aimee in 3:08:52.  For Aimee, this was good for 2nd in her age group.  Congratulations to you both!


    Also completing his first ever Olympic distance race (although not his longest race as he finished IM 70.3 FL earlier this year) was Richard Smith at 2:36:46.


    G3 would like to formally welcome back the most fun and adventurous couple back into the mix, Jim Gregorios and Heather Voet.  They each completed their first ever Iron Distance race in January of this year and vowed to never again get back into the water.  We knew they couldn’t stay away!  Jim and Heather each finished, as usual, with joy on their faces, Jim in 3:15:16 and Heather in 3:23:02.  This is amazing considering just one week ago they participated in a grueling Spartan race in Breckinridge, Colorado.


    Finally, despite a flat tire, dropping his chain twice, and other mechanical issues on his bike that began at mile 21, Eric Castaldo finished in 2:34:15.  He was most happy that these issues happened to him and not to his wife Miki!


    In the Sprint race, Derek Sain finished in 1:14:41, good for 5th in his age group.   G3 would also like to congratulate Derek’s wife Sarah Sain who finished in 1:40:02.

  • 24 May 2015 1:30 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    5/23/2015


    It was a beautiful morning in Crystal River for the first sprint race of the season for club sponsor, DRC Sports.  G3 had an impressive turnout with 15 G3er’s who took part in the festivities.

     

    Mark Szymanski turned in the fastest time of the day for any G3 member at 1:11:15, finishing 11th overall and 1st in his AG.

     

    G3 had 4 male members in the 40-44 AG and all finished in the top 10 of this very competitive AG.  Eric Castaldo finished 2nd, Scott Thomas 3rd, John Bongiovanni 6th, and Craig Petrus 10th.

     

    Sharon Byun added another podium finish to her impressive 2015 season as she took home the top spot in her AG with a time of 1:18:02.

     

    Jake Thompson finished in 1:20:02 and Jay Blankenfeld in 1:23:25 in the 35-39 AG.

     

    Jim Bledsoe finished in 1:25:51, good for 10th in another extremely competitive AG (45-49).

     

    Jim Eckert finished 4th in his AG.  Jill Cunningham was hot on his heels finishing only 18 seconds behind Jim to earn a podium slot (2nd) for her AG.

     

    Wendy Wiggs took home 4th in her AG at 1:41:15.

     

    Chanda Stebbins who won the free race entry completed her first triathlon as a member of G3.  Welcome to the G3 family Chandra.

     

    Karen Allman took home the silver in her AG at 1:49:16.

     

    Last but certainly not least, Blake Lowery, who was 2nd overall trailing by about 60 seconds to the race leader going into the run unfortunately had to withdraw as he aggravated a calf injury.  Get well soon Blake with the world championships approaching in September.

     

    It was a huge turnout for G3 and a very successful day for everyone.  As always, DRC puts on a first class event and we look forward to seeing an even bigger G3 contingency for the next Crystal River Race!

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