Lisa Becharas receives USAT All-American Recognition

Lisa Becharas receives USAT All-American Recognition

Lisa Becharas of Bloomington-based Grim Reaper Fitness has been recognized as an All American by USA Triathlon (USAT) for the 2014 season. Becharas, competing in her first triathlon season, is ranked 1st in the state of Illinois in the 24-29 Age Group and 3rd in the five-state USAT Mideast Region. An assistant track coach at Illinois Wesleyan, Becharas didn't begin racing until mid-season, but won the overall women’s titles at the Iron Abe … [Read more...]

Grim Reaper Fitness wins USAT Mideast Region Club Racing Series Championship

Grim Reaper Fitness wins USAT Mideast Region Club Racing Series Championship

Grim Reaper Fitness, a Bloomington-based, multisport training and racing club, has won a USA Triathlon (USAT) Mideast Region Club Racing Series championship. Grim Reaper Fitness, which finished 2nd at USAT Club Nationals in Chicago this August, was formally recognized Monday as the Division III champion in the five-state USAT Mideast Region. Individual club members earn points for participation and performance, and points are also awarded … [Read more...]

Quinn places 12th in AG at Cozumel

Quinn places 12th in AG at Cozumel

David Quinn posted strong legs in the swim and bike to finish 12th in his age group at Ironman Cozumel Sunday. David finished 12th in the 45-49 Age Group and 159th overall in the field of nearly 3000 athletes. In the swim, David came out of the water at 55:12, good for 10th place in AG. David rode the windy bike course in 5:58:50, but fell to 28th. He then turned in a 3:54:14 marathon time to vault back up into 12th place. The winning … [Read more...]

Pam Walden completes 1st Ironman

Pam Walden completes 1st Ironman

Another Reaper has ticked an Ironman competition off her bucket list. Pam Walden traveled to Tempe, AZ, for Ironman Arizona and completed the competition in 16:05:31 on Sunday. Pam had a consistent race, finishing 106th of nearly 200 competitors in the women’s 45-49 Age Group. She completed the swim in 1:42:17 and fell back in the pack a bit with a bike time of 8:07:29. During the run, however, she jumped 22 places in her AG with a time of … [Read more...]

The Athlete Factory becomes premier sponsor of Grim Reaper Fitness

The Athlete Factory becomes premier sponsor of Grim Reaper Fitness

Grim Reaper Fitness, a multisport training and racing club, was the USA Triathlon (USAT) 2nd place finisher at Club National and the Mideast Region Division III champion. Many of its athletes participated in a customized strength training program for endurance athletes at The Athlete Factory. "The Athlete Factory provides GRF a world-class facility with incredible owners and coaches," Grim Reaper Fitness founder Erik Rankin said. "They are … [Read more...]

Reapers run Jingle Bell & St. Jude’s 5K

Reapers run Jingle Bell & St. Jude’s 5K

Reapers continue to run as the weather gets colder as a handful competed in two local events over the weekend. Rachel Matyasse set a personal record (PR) to place 5th overall in the women’s division of the Bloomington-Normal Jingle Bell 5K, an Arthritis Foundation fundraiser, on Sunday. Rachel ran a 22:17 in capturing 1st in the 30-34 Age Group. Julie Sibley finished 5th in 35-39 with a time of 24:05. On the men’s side, Paul Swanlund was the top … [Read more...]

FOODIE FRIDAY: Grilled Lamb and Greens Waffle-wich

FOODIE FRIDAY: Grilled Lamb and Greens Waffle-wich

So the inspiration for this Foodie Friday comes from 2 of my friends. When you get a picture like this AND get a shout out on Facebook asking for inspiration for a plethora of greens, you help a sister out! Although, I have some fear they might have wanted something a little less involved. I mean, there were no requirements placed on me. I don’t really do half-ass kinda work, so unless its clear, I am probably gonna go for broke. Every. … [Read more...]

Reapers Running into Fall

Reapers Running into Fall

Although triathlon season has largely wound down, Reapers were scattered all over competing this past weekend. The best finish of the weekend belonged to Carey Weaver who won the 55-59 Age Group and placed 5th overall at the Fall Finale Duathlon at Tremont. Carey completed the 3 mile run/14.4 mile bike/1 mile run format in 1:08:23, a little more than 6 minutes behind the winner. At the Heartland Harvest 5K in Normal, Jason Sturdyvin and … [Read more...]

Reapers complete Chicago Marathon

Reapers complete Chicago Marathon

Celeste Kudrys posted the top time among a contingent of four Grim Reaper Fitness athletes at the Chicago Marathon Sunday. Celeste, who recently qualified for the 2015 Bostom Marathon, ran a 3:32:24 to break into the top 1,000 women’s finishers. Nearly 41,000 racers competed, including 18,500 women. Celeste was 998th amonth women and 183rd in the 35-39 Age Group. Celeste was paced by Coach Dave Quinn, who finished at the same 3:32:24 … [Read more...]

Gotta run…I’ll grab a bar!

Gotta run…I’ll grab a bar!

How many times have you needed to grab something real quick as you head out the door to your workout...starving, needing some fuel but not too much. You have zero time to make something and just need it to #getinyourbelly 10 minutes ago. I have a little treat for you that was sparked by my friend Mr. Chris Daniels (otherwise known as CD). He sent me a photo awhile back of a little coconut chocolate creation he was making. I mean, this guy has … [Read more...]