MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Twelve members of Team Cyclewerx competed in the 24th annual Memphis in May Triathlon Sunday. This year over 1,500 competitors from all over the US, Canada, British Columbia, and Australia competed. The triathlon consisted of a 1 mile lake swim, a 40k (24.8 mile) bike, and a 10k (6.2mile) run.
Alex Schneider and Brandon Dragone of Cape Girardeau competed in the Male 20-24 category. Both had outstanding races. Although Schneider is a natural swimmer, his run was the best event of the day, producing the 6th fastest run split of his category. Schneider finished 14th in his category and 107th overall. Dragone flew through the bike course, having the 8th fastest bike split of his category. Dragone finished the race in 16th place for the Male 20-24 category, 131st overall. Both Schneider and Dragone finished in the top 10 percent overall.
Sikeston's Chris Hodgkiss competed in the Male 30-34 category. Hodgkiss finished the race 42nd in his category and in the top 25 percent overall (337th place).
Brad Blackman of Sikeston competed in the Male 35-39 category. Blackman finished 28th in his category and in the top 10 percent overall (134th place).
Brooke Marriott, also from Sikeston, competed in the Female 25-29 category. Marriott used the race to jump start her training program after delivering her daughter four months ago.
The event was a comeback race for Sikeston's Tim Ross. Five years ago, Ross was diagnosed with a form of emphysema, and began cycling to save his life. He has since undergone a lung reduction surgery where nearly half of his right lung was removed. His run of bad luck didn't stop there. Since his surgery, Ross has been the victim of two serious bike accidents, one resulting in titanium plates in his face, the other in a broken fibula. Despite these setbacks, Ross continues to persevere, constantly striving to better himself. By choosing to compete in one of the nation's largest triathlons, Ross made his statement; he's a survivor, in training to become a champion. Ross competed in the triathlon as the cyclist of a Co-Ed Relay Team. Also competing on Ross's team was Adam Lofton and Megan Nelson, both of Sikeston. Nelson, former coach of the Sikeston Sharks Swim Team, competed as the team's swimmer. Lofton pushed the 10k run, producing the fastest run split of the team category, bringing the team to a third place finish in the co-ed team category.
Competing in the Men's Team was Clay Tummins, David Burdick, and Alex Ramsey of Cape Girardeau. The relay got off to a good start with Tummins competing as the swimmer. Burdick performed well for the team, having the 3rd fastest bike split in the team category. Ramsey finished out the event with the 10k run. Together, the three finished 3rd in their category.
Keith Hente of Sikeston Competed in the Memphis in May Mountain Bike Triathlon. This event consisted of a half-mile swim, 10 mile mountain bike, and 3 mile trail run. Hente finished 14th in the Male 35-39 category and 64th of over 170 competitors.