ROOKIE OF THE YEAR: GLENDA HAWLEY
After raising her family and being the caregiver to her father and mother in law, she saw some medical signs that she was not in as good of health as she could be. So she decided to take action. She lost 40 pounds and with the help of her personal trainer, she whipped herself back into shape. With new found energy she started to look for things to do. Of all the things she could have done, Glenda decided to start training for her first half marathon. She was very excited when she finished first in her age group with a time of 1 hour 57 mins. That was all it took, you couldn’t stop her now if you tried. Someone suggested that she should try a duathlon. the Dooby Du was her first race. We look back at this now and laugh, she was such a newbie! All she had was a 30 year old, 10 speed bike and the will to compete. After being passed by just about everybody on the bike course she was determined this would not happen again. So after a trip to Cyclewerks, for ALL the needed equipment, she hired Liz Young as a coach, joined Team Toledo, and never looked back. She is the Fit Family Series Champion for the state of Ohio in her age group. She has numerous duathlon and triathlon wins to her credit. The one she is most proud of, is her win in the Sylvania Triathlon where she competed in her first Olympic Tri. She said that was tougher than running a marathon! She did all of this in a little over a year, at age 61. Please help me congratulate our Rookie of the Year winner.
SPIRIT AWARD: BRETT LONEY
Our 2017 spirit award winner is a person who constantly gives back. You can see him volunteering at races as a course marshall. However if he isn’t there, you are likely to find him along the run course sitting high atop a dunk tank just waiting for you to come by. He always has a smile and an encouraging word for everyone as they pass.
VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR: RENEE SMALL
Our winner puts in many hours helping out with Team Toledo events. She can be found at open water swims signing people in, checking wristbands, answering questions, and signing up new members. She organized the Team Toledo kits, volunteered at expo’s and mini expo’s, and keeps us all updated with several weekly posts on the Facebook page. She led the Wednesday night track workouts last summer. She suggested and implemented the new Run Sign Up club registration format, making registration easier for members and the board. She leads Friday night swims at the West Y complete with drills and technique instructions. It is said that she is all about Big Red.
This award is given to the athlete who accumulated the most points in the Mid East Region for Team Toledo.
Our Male award winner is GERALD LAYHER
Our Female award winner is JENIFER WILES
FEMALE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR: JACQUI BARBER
It is said that she is an excellent representative of Team Toledo. She always takes the time to encourage and mentor all team members. While an exceptional athlete she is humble and considerate. She is committed to training. Her nominator she she can speak to this first hand as she is her training partner and while we train hard together multiple times a week she also manages to find time to train with other new riders who are trying to increase their skill level.
She was part of the support crew at Ironman Louisville this past October. She trained past when her race schedule demanded and came down for the race. She supported her racers all day and while they were back in the hotel showering she was down at transition picking up bikes and bags and bringing the items back to the hotel. many people seek her advice when it comes to training and she never fails to give solid advice and encouragement. She is also a longtime board member of Sylvania Masters swim club and acts as a stand in coach when necessary.
Her accomplishments include being the overall female winner at Island Lake Sprint Triathlon. A PR performance at Ironman 70.3 Mont - Tremblant earning her a spot at the 70.3 World Championships in Chattanooga. At Mont - Tremblant she had the 7th fastest swim time overall out of more than 2900 competitors. She won her age group at the Pterodactyl Sprint Tri in July. She competed at at USAT nationals in the olympic distance and took 4th place nationally in her age group and earned herself a spot on Team USA at the ITU world championships in Australia in September 2018. Finally she completed at 70.3 World hampionships in Chattanooga in September 2017 and had a solid performance placing her in the top half of her age group.
MALE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR: JONATHAN HOAG
He has been exceptional, placing a number of times in his age group. He shows a commitment to training through the hard work that he does and through his contributions to the tri community. His work at CycleWerks shows his effort to be an ambassador for the sport.
In 2017 he placed 1st in his age group and 2nd overall at Sylvania. He placed 1st in his age group and 3rd overall at Clark Lake. He placed 1st in his age group and 1st overall at Quarry Ridge. Finally he placed 1st in his age group and 1st overall at the South Fork duathlon. Please help me congratulate our Male Athlete of the Year.