ROOKIE OF THE YEAR: Frank Kinor Jr.
This years awardee started his journey in early 2019 as a personal goal to take on new challenges and continue his healthy life journey. He has reached out to members of our club for guidance and encouragement. He attended the open water swims, as well as the brick and bbq nights. He started with the spring duathlons and then tackled tris as the season progressed. He competed in the Dooby Du; Southfork, Dooby 2; and Whitehouse du’s. The quarry ridge; Sanford and Son; and Sylvania Tri’s. His best showing of the season was a first place division finish at the Sanford and Son Tri. He has been passionate and dedicated to his training, and to being fit MIND, BODY, AND SOUL. Please help us congratulate Frank Kinor Jr. our 2019 Rookie of the Year
SPIRIT AWARD: Kathleen Drummonds & Megan Gardam
Our first awardee has been an active member Team Toledo. Over the past year she has volunteered at multiple events. For those who attended the 70.3 in Traverse City you pretty much saw her everywhere. She participated in the weekend events, both wacky (the underpants run) and serious, and always had a smile on her face and word of encouragement for our members. She was at the race start body marking (“my marker makes you faster!), then made her way to the tent on the run course helping to cheer on all of our members. Please help us congratulate Kathleen Drummonds our first 2019 Spirit Award Winner.
Our second awardee has also been an active member of Team Toledo. Over the past year she has volunteered for the club along with competing in multiple events. She was in charge of putting together the new Team Toledo Traverse City shirts that many of you ordered, along with making certain that the club tent was present on that race course and well stocked for those who visited during the run or afterwards to cheer on our members. In addition she set up the club get together at the Toledo Walleyes game (let’s hope that we will have sporting events again so that we can have a repeat of these types of meet ups). Please help us congratulate Megan Gardam our second 2019 Spirit Award Winner.
VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR: Tom Fountain
This years awardee has been a long time member of Team Toledo and served on the board for numerous years. He is instrumental in putting together the open water swims and scheduling the lifeguards so that we are safe and allowed to swim. He also continues to be in charge of membership for our club. In the years our club was competing for the MERCS trophy he would diligently go through all the tri results and make certain that our members points were tabulated (a VERY tall task). As you can see he consistently puts in a lot of time behind the scenes, and we would like to thank him. Please help us congratulate Tom Fountain our 2019 Volunteer of the Year.
DUATHLETE OF THE YEAR: Eric Glinski
This is the first year for this award, but will continue to be one of our awards in the future. This years awardee has excelled in the duathlon setting over the past year. He won 3 out of 4 of our early season duathlons, won the Sylvania Olympic Duathlon, won the Napoleon Duathlon. Finished 2nd place masters at the Get Clean Duathlon in Michigan. Placed 2nd in his age group at the Duathlon National Championships in Greenville, NC and qualified for worlds. He was a member of the 2nd place relay team at the Traverse City 70.3. He has improved his biking and now consistently averages approximately 24mph in his races. He ranks 6th in his age group in the USAT Duathlon rankings and has achieved the “All American” Honor. Please help us congratulate Eric Glinski our 2019 Duathlete of the Year.
FEMALE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR: Diana Messer-Kruse
This years awardee is a strong triathlete. On any given weekend you might fid her at a local metropark cranking out 70+ miles on the bike and then running a few miles. She is always willing to offer advice, answer questions, and share her triathlon experiences. She qualified for and attended the world championships for the 70.3 distance in Nice, France. She also raced the USAT Olympic Nationals in Cleveland, OH and qualified to represent the US at the World Championships during the 2020 season. She also competed in the 70.3 distance in both Wisconsin and Santa Rosa placing 3rd in her age group at both events. Please help us congratulate Diana Messer-Kruse our 2019 Female Athlete of the Year.
MALE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR: Tim Messer-Kruse
This years awardee can be found not far away from Diana. He spends early mornings at the pool, weekends biking and running long distances right beside his training partners. He also qualified for and attended the world championships in the 70.3 distance in Nice, France. In addition he also raced the USAT Olympic Nationals in Cleveland, OH. He competed in the 70.3 distance at both Wisconsin and Santa Rosa. He placed 1st in his age group at the Quarry Ridge Triathlon. He ranks 18th in his age group in the USAT triathlon rankings. Please help us congratulate Tim Messer-Kruse our 2019 Male Athlete of the the Year.