Results of the 2017 USA Triathlon Florida Region North Florida Club Championship Race at Clermont, FL


Thursday, March 30, 2017; The Florida Region Club Committee is pleased to send congratulations to the 126 athletes representing 26 USAT Registered Clubs who competed recentlyUSA Logo for the Florida Region Club Championship Series Awards at the Florida Challenge Triathlon and the Great Clermont Triathlon in Clermont, FL on March 18th and 19th, 2017. See below for full Club results. The weather and race conditions were absolutely perfect for two fantastic days of competitive racing and Sommers Sports exceptional race execution and the army of encouraging volunteers made the days extra special.

Congratulations to Trimarni Coaching and Nutrition, Swim Like a Pro (SLAP) and Ocala Triathlon for taking the first place awards in their respective divisions I, II, and III. We also must give tremendous credit to Fred Sommer and his team at Sommer Sports for automating several of the back end technology processes. These programming improvements allowed a clean cut off Club Rosters on the Monday the week before race day and timely tabulation of the results so that awards could be presented during the race awards ceremony immediately after the conclusion of the races on March 19th.

Next up in the USAT Florida Region Club Championship Series is the 2017 USA Triathlon Florida Region South Florida Club Championship Race in Miami, FL at the 26th Annual Huntington’s Disease Triathlon on July 30, 2017. This race will include Sprint and Olympic Distance Races as well as special divisions and categories. For more information, please clink this link:

As always, we welcome your input. For more information, contact USAT Florida Region Club liaison, Roger McVeigh at

The final scoring by division for the North Florida Club Championship was as follows:

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USAT Florida Region Sunshine Leaders



We are so happy to announce our USAT Florida Region Sunshine Leaders! There were many amazing applications and it was truly a challenge to only choose ten. As the program grows and expands, we hope to continue adding leaders. The ten women chosen represent an incredible group of backgrounds, ages and stories. The women come from all around the state and will be working diligently this
year to bring more women into the sport through clinics and programs. They will also be a liaison to connect you with clubs and youth programs in your area. We know they will shine and will be a true leader in our state. Without further ado, I would like to welcome the following women into our inaugural sunshine leader program:

  • Skye Johnson, 41: Jacksonville
  • Elise Enloe, 62: Oviedo
  • Kayla Manning, 34: Orlando
  • Janet Carmen, 35: Satellite Beach 
  • Zoe DaSilva, 38: Boca Raton
  • Laurie Rose, 52: Naples
  • Suzanne Kyre, 52: Port Charlotte
  • Allison Linares, 44: Tampa
  • Sara McLarty, 34: Clermont
  • Karen Harbaugh, 49: Gainesville

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Win a Free Entry


Win a Free Entry to USA Triathlon Florida Region Long Course Championship or Club Regional Championship held in Clermont, FL. The races will be held on March 18 – 19, 2017. The Campaign must be entered by submitting a daily picture with your favorite Tri Uniform and post it on Social media such as Facebook and Instagram with the following hastags: #usatfloridaregion @usatfloridaregion #usatflregionlongcours

Contest Dates: Entries will be accepted online starting on Thursday, March 2, 2017, 9 am EST and ending Wednesday, March 9, 2017, 11:59 pm. All online entries must be received by Wednesday, March 9, 2017, 11:59 pm.
We look forward to your postings!


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1. Eligibility: This Campaign is open only to those who sign up at the USAT Florida Region Website ( and who are 18 years or older  as of the date of entry.The Campaign is only open to legal residents of Florida, and is void where prohibited by law. Employees of USA Triathlon Florida Region, its affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising and promotion agencies, and suppliers, (collectively the “Employees”), and immediate family members and/or those living in the same household of Employees are not eligible to participate in the Campaign. The Campaign is subject to all applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations. Void where prohibited.
2. Agreement to Rules: By participating, the Contestant (“You”) agree to be fully unconditionally bound by these Rules, and You represent and warrant that You meet the eligibility requirements. In addition, You agree to accept the decisions of USAT Florida Region as final and binding as it relates to the content of this Campaign.
3. Campaign Period: Entries will be accepted online starting on Thursday, March 2, 2017, 9 am EST and ending Wednesday, March 9, 2017, 11:59 pm. All online entries must be received by Wednesday, March 9, 2017, 11:59 pm.
4. How to Enter: The Campaign must be entered by submitting a daily picture with your favorite Tri Uniform and post it on Social media with the following hastags: #usatfloridaregion @usatfloridaregion #usatflregionlongcourse . The entry must fulfill all Campaign requirements, as specified, to be eligible to win a prize. Entries that are incomplete or do not adhere to the rules or specifications may be disqualified at the sole discretion of USA Triathlon Florida Region. You may enter daily to qualify. You must provide the information requested. You may not enter more times than indicated by using multiple email addresses, identities, or devices in an attempt to circumvent the rules. If You use fraudulent methods or otherwise attempt to circumvent the rules, your submission may be removed from eligibility at the sole discretion of USA Triathlon Florida Region.
5. Prizes: The Winner(s) of the Campaign (the “Winner”) will receive a comp entry to Somme’s Sports Half, Olympic, Sprint or Aquathlon. Actual/appraised value may differ at time of prize award. The specifics of the prize shall be solely determined by USA Triathlon Florida Region. No cash or other prize substitution shall be permitted except at USA Triathlon Florida Region discretion or transferred to another race. The prize is nontransferable. Any and all prize-related expenses, including without limitation any and all federal, state, and/or local taxes, shall be the sole responsibility of Winner. No substitution of prize or transfer/assignment of prize to others or request for the cash equivalent by Winner is permitted. Acceptance of prize constitutes permission for USA Triathlon Florida Region to use Winner’s name, likeness, and entry for purposes of advertising and trade without further compensation, unless prohibited by law.
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7. Winner Selection and Notification: Winner will be selected by USA Triathlon Florida Region Council – Race Committee under the supervision of USA Triathlon Florida Region Chair. Winner will be notified by social media within two (2) days following selection of Winner. USA Triathlon Florida Region shall have no liability for Winner’s failure to receive notices due to spam, junk e-mail or other security settings or for Winner’s provision of incorrect or otherwise non-functioning contact information. If Winner cannot be contacted, is ineligible, fails to claim the prize within [2 days] from the time award notification was sent, or fails to timely return a completed and executed declaration and release as required, the prize may be forfeited and an alternate Winner selected. Receipt by Winner of the prize offered in this Campaign is conditioned upon compliance with any and all federal, state, and local laws and regulations. ANY VIOLATION OF THESE OFFICIAL RULES BY WINNER (AT USA Triathlon Florida Region‘S SOLE DISCRETION) WILL RESULT IN WINNER’S DISQUALIFICATION AS WINNER OF THE CAMPAIGN, AND ALL PRIVILEGES AS WINNER WILL BE IMMEDIATELY TERMINATED.
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9. Terms & Conditions: USA Triathlon Florida Regionreserves the right, in its sole discretion, to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Campaign should virus, bug, non-authorized human intervention, fraud, or other cause beyond USA Triathlon Florida Region’s control corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, or proper conduct of the Campaign. In such case, USA Triathlon Florida Region may select the Winner from all eligible entries received prior to and/or after (if appropriate) the action taken by USA Triathlon Florida Region. USA Triathlon Florida Region reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to disqualify any individual who tampers or attempts to tamper with the entry process or the operation of the Campaign or website or violates these Terms & Conditions. [USA Triathlon Florida Region has the right, in its sole discretion, to maintain the integrity of the Campaign, to void votes for any reason, including, but not limited to: multiple entries from the same user from different IP addresses; multiple entries from the same computer in excess of that allowed by Campaign rules; or the use of bots, macros, scripts, or other technical means for entering. Any attempt by an entrant to deliberately damage any website or undermine the legitimate operation of the Campaign may be a violation of criminal and civil laws. Should such attempt be made, USA Triathlon Florida Region reserves the right to seek damages to the fullest extent permitted by law.
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Club Profile: SLAP Tri Team


Founded – 2017

Number of members – 50+

Annual Dues – $100

Description – SLAPPERS receive team visor, bag, & magnet and are invited to participate in any of the 5-10 group training sessions we host each month. Membership is designed to intorduce you to other endurance multi-sport athletes in the area.



Location – Clermont & Central Florida

Contact – Coach Sara McLarty at

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“Mastering” the Swim – proper breathing & rotation

The first steps in order to become an efficient swimmer are of course breathing properly and body position. Once we have become proficient at those, the next most important skill is body rotation. Rotation is an important part of freestyle as well as backstroke because by rotating our body to initiate the underwater pull, we put ourselves into a more favorable position to use our back muscles which will make our pull stronger. unknownThe question then becomes how much do we actually need to rotate? The majority of our stroke should take place on our stomach, not on our side. The best freestylers rotate their shoulders to either side about 30 degrees from the surface, meaning that they never even rotate halfway onto their side ( 90 degrees). So the goal is to rotate forward in order to lengthen the stroke and set us up for the best catch. The hips should rotate a little less than the shoulders because if the hips rotate too much, it will be difficult to maintain a steady kick. This is why a lot of swimmers will have a cross over/scissor kick when they go to breathe because the hips are rotating too much to the breathing side. As our arm enters the water as well as at the end of each recovery, we want to drive and extend our arm and shoulder forward. Our shoulders will naturally pivot and that is all the rotation that we need. It is also important to ensure that we do not internally rotate the shoulder as this can lead to shoulder impingement as well as an inefficient catch.

In Reality, body rotation doesn’t  just naturally happen. It  requires a lot of core strength and work, especially in the form of drills. When the rotation is fast and well timed, it will create a substantial force that enables the swimmer to cover more distance with each stroke. Here are some practical drills to help with body rotation, I recommend using fins in the beginning as it is easier to learn the technique.


Single Arm Drill

  • Swim with the Left arm, Breath to the left side. The right arm is by your side .
  • Swim with Left arm, Breathe to the right side. The right arm is by your side.
  •  Swim with Right arm, Breath to the right side. The left arm is by your side.
  •  Swim with Right arm, Breath to the left side. The left arm is by your side.

Shoulder Lift

  • Swim on your stomach, hands at your side using a steady kick. alternate lifting left shoulder out of the water while taking a breath and then do the same on the right. The key is keeping your hands at your side.
  • Next, do the same drill without lifting your head out other than every 3rd time to breath.

Heather Butcher is a USAT level 1 certified coachdsc_0004, USAT Youth and Junior coach and an ACE certified personal trainer.Heather has been doing personal training and Triathlon coaching for over 10 years and is the owner of TriFitSports personal training studio and multisport coaching located in Venice, FL.


Phone: (941) 416-4492

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USAT Florida Region Women’s Initiative call for Sunshine Leaders




Our 2017 Women’s Initiative theme is Women Who Shine. A primary goal we have in the Florida Region is to increase women participation in triathlon, and to draw women into a lifestyle of health and fitness. To do that, we are looking for 15 amazing leaders around the state like you to become a Sunshine Leader.


A Sunshine Leader is a woman who is an active USAT member, active on social media and in their community. They want to spread sunshine to others through empowering, motivating and sharing a positive message! Women that embody a healthy, fun and vibrant endurance lifestyle and that encourage and support others to do the same. Above all else, we are searching for women that are involved in their community and are willing to help other ladies get into sport. We are inspired by women that are persistent in their quest to be the best they can be. You don’t have to be fast, young or have magical powers to be a sunshine leader.

If you’re thinking about applying, some requirements we have:

  • Be an active USA Triathlon member in good standing
  • Host a USAT sanctioned triathlon clinic or event in your area for women – we will pay for sanctioning and provide you with SWAG!
  • Write a minimum of two articles (one could be an about you, how you got started and one can be promoting your event).
  • Share with us your training, racing and life stories! Anything you do that promotes the sunshine – #womenwhoshine @usatFLladies @usatflorida

WHY SHOULD YOU APPLY? If you know about the USAT Florida Region Women’s Initiative, you know we have been working for the past four years on fostering relationships with women around the state and encouraging women to tri it out! One of the primary benefits is that you’ll be surrounded by a team of encouraging and inspiring women. Of course, you’ll also receive some AWESOME SWAG and DISCOUNTS!


WHAT’S NEXT? If you are interested in applying, please complete the google form and submit it by February 24, 2017. If invited to become a USAT Florida Region Sunshine Leader, we will send you an agreement form that will set out the terms of the relationship for your review. Please send any questions to and be sure to include your name in the subject line.


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USAT Florida Region announces the 2017 Club Program and Championship Series

The USA Triathlon – Florida Region is pleased to announce that the 34th Annual Great Clermont Triathlon Festival on March 18th and 19th in Clermont, Florida and the 26th Annual Huntington’s Disease Triathlon on July 30, 2017 in Miami, Florida will serve as the 2017 USAT Florida Region Club Championship Races. 

Both of these races have a long and notable strong reputation in the Florida Region and offer Sprint and Olympic distance races to maximize Club opportunities for athlete participation.  Division winners and runners up in 3 divisions will be crowned and recognized as 2017 USAT Florida Region Club Champions in each of these two races.


In accordance with USAT Club Program rules, teams must have a current 2017 USAT Club registration in order to be eligible to receive points and club athletes must have with a valid 2017 USAT Annual Membership. 

For more details on Club Championship scoring, please go the USAT Florida Region website.

To form a new USAT Florida Region Club or to renew your USAT Florida Region Club registration, please click HERE and follow the prompts  

To register for either or both of these races, you may click on the following links: 

gct-2017-60034th Annual Great Clermont Triathlon Festival on March 18th and 19th in Clermont, Florida

Register for the Sprint Race 

Register for the Olympic Race 




26th Annual Huntington’s Disease Triathlon on July 30, 2017 in Miami, Florida


Register for Sprint and Olympic Distance Races


For more information, contact USAT Florida Region Club liaison, Roger McVeigh at


Renew  your USAT Club registration for 2017 Today and encourage your members and athletes to register early for the Championship Races and to renew their annual USAT membership.

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The foundation of YOUTH

p7100049Triathlon is not just for our “adult-folks”! The sport has grown tremendously through the participation on the “younger” generation. Help build a generation of healthy, active and responsible kids by signing your kids up for a triathlon near you!

Click on the banner below for the USAT Kidzone:


USA Triathlon Florida Region has compiled a list of opportunities for our youth triathletes to swim, bike and run in 2017. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERABe sure to register…who knows, maybe we have an Olympic gold medalist in training!

For more information on youth triathlon in the state of Florida:

Regional Youth Development Coordinator, Deb Peters

Email :

Phone: 813-731-8767


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Race to your present fitness, not your season Expectations


It’s early season and many of us are just gearing up for our season openers. So why stress trying to race to your season expectation in NOW? prince2-training-smart-goals-300x225If your target “A” race is fall half ironman, why would you overly stress about your performance in January/February?

Take what your body has to offer and build your summer and fitness wisely. If you work hard thru the remainder of the winter months and into spring, this will be a good test of your present fitness. Every race throughout the season should be looked at as a building block toward your target “A” race. Races give you an opportunity to apply what you’ve been working on in training and gauge your improvement.

2271f195ee6bfa9954c4bb5f8d92b30cDon’t go out in April expecting to be where you want to be in November! Take your season opening races for what they are, season openers. See where you’re at, and smartly build your fitness from there.

Here are some early-season triathlon training tips  on to help you plan for a successful year.

Fred “Cube” Mehrer tricoachflorida-coach-fred-mehreris a USAT Level 1 coach and the owner & of From 5k to Ironman, beginner to advanced, Fred can get you across the line, no matter what the distance! #FeelTheBurn

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Collegiate Conference Championship Race Dates for 2017

CollegesThe collegiate conference championship race dates for the Florida region have been set for 2017. Our Florida universities will go head to see who will dominate for bragging rights in the Sunshine State!


Then, on April 22nd, they all come together to prove that Florida will weigh supreme when our collegiate teams battle the rest of the nation at the USA Triathlon Collegiate Club Nationals in Tuscaloosa.

For more information:

Any questions regarding the FCTC should be directed to Jodi Hovius, FCTC Director at



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