Great Weekend showing for Rasmussen Tri Team

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It was a wild week-end of racing and the Rassy Tri team notched some great performances on Saturday and Sunday. Rassy athlete, Mike Morrison, crushes Kansas Half Ironman and Micah Moore flies to the fastest run split in a loaded Copper Creek Tri. Mo(o)re on that later.

Saturday at the Clive running festival, Loran Storts brought home a 8th place overall finish, running 5:57 pace for a 10k and beating up on a bunch of 20 and 30 year olds. Storts’ full week-end was finished up with a 3rd place finish in the 40-44 year old age group and 23rd overall at Copper Creek.

On Sunday, the fireworks were blasting away….both before and during the Copper Creek Tri. After getting thunder-stormed out last year, almost 500 participants showed up to get their Hy-Vee Triathlon tune-up. TJ Tollakson flexed his pro-triathlete muscles on the bike to take home first place overall. The Top 10 overall was stacked with some of the best elite triathletes in the Midwest and country. Nathan White finished 2nd place, and Jason Maurice 3rd. both of these 20-somethings have the potential to be pro’s someday as they got off the bike and tracked down 4th place, JJ Bailey, over the 5k run.

Rassy Tri Team’s Micah Moore (former U of Colorado runner, turned Tri-Geek) finished 8th and turned in the fastest run split on the day of 17:10. (Tollakson ran 17:58). After swimming 750 yards as hard as you can and riding 13 miles over a hilly course at threshold pace, Micah’s 5:31 per mile splits were pro-level, for sure. Rassy’s Doug Vanderweide continues to be one of the top and most versatile athletes in the country at any distance, finishing 9th. Patrick Riley and Joel Rinderknecht turned in very solid performances, finishing 13th and 16th overall and 3rd and 4th in their age groups.

Rassy Tri-Chick, Lisa Marshall, scorched the women’s field with the fastest female run of the day and finished 3rd overall. Amy Hanrahan took home 2nd in the 30-34 age group.

Kansas 70.3:

About 150 Iowans made the trek down to Lawrence , Kansas for the 2nd running of the Kansas 70.3 Half Ironman. The pro-field featured 2-time Ironman World Champions, Chrissie Wellington and Tim Deboom, the amateur field was stacked even higher and tighter. Rassy athletes, Mike Morrison, Ben Garrett, Steve Feltz, Mike and Kristin Collet, Jan Mohs, Reed and Kristin Rinderknecht, were among the 2,000 participants.

Mike Morrison is making some serious waves in 2009 already with an overall win at the Jordon Creek Duathlon and a 3rd place overall finish at the Pigman Sprint, came out of the gate charging from the start and finished strong in a personal best, 4 hours and 12 minutes, 4th place overall amateur and 2nd in his age group to the number 1 ranked (35-39 year old) triathlete in the country, Tim Hola, from Colorado. Reed Rinderknecht finished 5th in the 35-39 age group in 4:29. Coming out of the water in 11th place (Morrison) and 9th place (Rinderknecht) the two worked themselves into the top 5 with strong bike performances over the tough 56 mile time trial. Morrison’s 1 hour 24 minute run vaulted him into his Top 5 overall podium finish.

Mike Collet (4:37) made the largest jump in the 35-39 age group coming from 44th out of the swim to 9th off the bike and 8th at the finish line. Ben Garrett’s, 4:35, was good for 14th in the blazing fast 25-29 year-old age group and Steve Feltz, 4:36, worked his way up from 20th position in the swim to 6th position at the finish line in the 45-49 year old age group.

Jan Mohs took first in her age group, crushing the 2nd place finisher by 33 minutes. Kristin Rinderknecht grabbed 12th in the 35-39 female category and Kristin Collett 17th in her age group.

Let’s bring home some hardware at Hy-Vee on Sunday, June 28th! We’d love to see the rest of the Rassy Racing team on the Fuller hill as we suffer running up!

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