INNSBROOK, MO – Bloomington-based Grim Reaper Fitness finished 3rd at USA Triathlon (USAT) Club Nationals Saturday.
The multisport club had 25 members compete across five races to place 3rd in Division IV, which is comprised of clubs of 30 to 88 members.
“I am proud and thrilled for all our club members,” club founder Erik Rankin said. “I think it’s awesome for all of us – with our jobs and families – to be able to compete for a championship, as a team, at a national level.”
Jason Huber, David Quinn, and Kris Hohulin led the way for Grim Reaper Fitness, winning their respective divisions. Huber, of Bloomington, won the 35-39 Age Group at the 70.3 or half ironman distance (1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike, 13.1 mile run) and was 9th overall, finishing with a time of 4:49:22.
Quinn (Bloomington) and Hohulin (Watson) each won their age division in the Aquabike race, which consisted of a 1.2-mile swim and 56-mile bike. Quinn won the 50-55 Age Group with a time of 3:18:11, while Hohulin took the women’s 40-44 Age Group in 3:53:10.
While race awards were given to the top three finishers in each division, participants earned points for their club by finishing in the top 10 of the division.
Others winning Age Group race awards included:
- 3 distance – Bryan Heppe (Normal), 2nd in 35-39, 4:53:45; Jason Sturdyvin (Normal), 2nd in 30-34, 5:23:54; Celeste Kudrys (Bloomington), 3rd in 35-39, 5:53:15.
- Aquabike – Kelly Ruiter (Normal), 2nd in 30-34, 3:45:10.
- Sprint (500-yard swim, 19-mile bike, 3.4 mile run) – David Cate (Bloomington), 2nd in Clydesdale (220 pounds and over), 1:53:23.
- Duathlon (1-mile run, 19-mile bike, 3.1-mile run) – Jason Hebel (Bloomington), 3rd in 35-39, 1:52:06; Natalie McKee (Bloomington), 3rd in 35-39, 2:10:15; Stephanie Heppe (Normal), 3rd in 40-44, 2:16:11.