TOUGHMAN Utah 2016

The weeks leading into TOUGHMAN Utah 2016 the main concern was that Lake Utah was low due to the drought conditions. This led the race directors Aaron Shamy and Joel Hinkley to come up with an alternate plan, to make the swim into a 1.2m run and the TM series Qualifier into a Duathlon. The reputation of TOUGHMAN UT is that the bike course is “The Fastest in the West” and this year was no exception with Yu Hsiao and Sarah Crowley (a Trisutto coached pro) winning the  male and female overall races with a 3:47 and 4:06 respectively.  Shamy said he hopes more people appreciate the sport of triathlon as it grows and becomes more accessible to more potential racers.

“You live in a community of amazing athletes who go out every day to push themselves to mental and physical limits,” he said. “We have people coming in all over the country to race in this Toughman event. But most of them are local people who, they’ve got family, they put kids to bed and then they’ll go get on their trainer. They keep themselves fit and ready.”

“We continue to grow in both popularity and the number of races because we represent grass roots triathlon but with a standardized format. Athletes that register for a TOUGHMAN race know that they will get a safe, great race experience at every TOUGHMAN venue. Having a brand that caters specifically to age groupers and families is good for the sport.” 

Over 100 age group qualifiers will receive invitations for the TOUGHMAN Half Iron National Championship on Sept. 18th in New York where they will compete for a cash purse of $4950. Athletes in the open division will compete for over $30,000 worth of awards. 

About the TOUGHMAN Half Iron Series

The TOUGHMAN Series is currently 17 races in the US with locations in: Veracruz Mexico, Puerto Vieja Costa Rica, Lake Havasu AZ, FL, Columbus Ga, Indianapolis IN, Tupper Lake NY, Sherwood WI, Ocean Shores WA, Chisago MN, Antofagasta Chile, Pell City AL, Provo UT, Santa Fe NM, LENOIR CITY, Tennessee, Mayaguez. Puerto Rico. The series Championship in Stony Point New York, (just 20 miles north of NYC), gets 1400 volunteers and has a scenic bike course with over $30,000 worth of age group awards as well as a $4950 cash purse (top 5) for qualifiers!  

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