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Muncie Endurathon History
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As one chapter comes to a close; another exciting chapter opens. We welcome Ironman Muncie 70.3 to one of the oldest triathlon venues in America this weekend with the first race way back in 1980!
Tell us all some of your fondest memories of coming here, living here, barely finishing in the heat or qualifying for IMH in the early days.

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Re: Muncie Endurathon History [Stindiana] [ In reply to ]
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Steve,

Loved the original. Did it in 99, 01, and 02; but my favorite was 2001. It was my breakthrough AG race in which I won and a springboard to a lackluster pro career. I do have to say, luck was on my side a bit that year. Michael Smith took a wrong turn on the run which enabled me to end up leading, unbeknownst to me. Had we gotten into a footrace, not sure I could have taken him.

THE Endurathon always showcased some of the best of the midwest: Labinksi, Forsee, Smith, Gollnick, Bruskewtiz, Zemaitis, etc.

Here's to many more years of success to the new Muncie!

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Re: Muncie Endurathon History [irontri] [ In reply to ]
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Nice win! We all call that intersection; Smitty's corner! Mike ended up just about my drive-way before he realized the error.

Not possible for it to happen to a nicer guy and he took all the ribbing with a smile. He is a class act all the way!

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USAT RD Century Club
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Re: Muncie Endurathon History [Stindiana] [ In reply to ]
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The Endurathon is by far one of my most favorite HIMs. I can"t bring myself to register for the "new" Muncie. I don't mind change, but I'll pass on this one going forward...



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I raced my first one in 1992.

The wind was blowing and there were whitecaps on the water. I kept breathing to the right (only way I knew how) and getting a mouthful of water. Took me 1:15 to complete the swim, my first ever 1.2 mile swim.

Got out on the bike and the sun & heat arrived. Did not know how to fuel for 56 miles so I cramped on the bike.

Then had to run/WALK most of the 13.1 miles in the 95 degree heat. Loved the country roads for the run course including the bridge over the creek on the back side. Was walking behind a very nice woman wearing the Tinley purple print two piece tri outfit when she let out a huge fart. Neither one of us said a word or even acknowledged it happened, we just got on with the day.

Finished my first Endurathon in a bit over 7 hours, received my plaque which I still have to this day.

GREAT RACE in a GREAT PLACE.
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Re: Muncie Endurathon History [Stindiana] [ In reply to ]
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Other than a few skipped years (injury), I've been racing Muncie since 1996 Long Course Worlds
(I think I've done 11). Muncie was my first 1/2 IM.

When it became a 70.3, I swore, I was writing you off for selling out to IM.
But last month, I paid the $241.25...(I did win $1000 one year, 1st female elite,
guess I'm slowly paying it back...lol).

I'm going to miss the "smaller" feeling. I always LOVED Muncie and considered it
a top notch race, organized, volunteers, food. I love everything about your race, even
the sun on the last leg of the swim.
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Re: Muncie Endurathon History [Stindiana] [ In reply to ]
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Did the race in 1981 - back 30 years later - Looking forward to a great event!
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Re: Muncie Endurathon History [Stindiana] [ In reply to ]
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Do you have any links to race results for 92, 93 and 94 by chance?
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Re: Muncie Endurathon History [tigerpaws] [ In reply to ]
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Those years we were still paper. I would have to look in the in the old history boxes but I was not in leadership until 94.
Here are some little tips for the triathletes this weekend:

Even though Muncie Multi-Sport does not operate the July 9th event at Prairie Creek Reservoir we have done the 1/2 distance here in Muncie countless times and 4 times as the RD. Here are the top 10 lessons learned from nearly 50 finishes as a team and over 20 years of races in Muncie:
10. Drink and eat on the bike…you will need it on the run.
9. Arrive early, anything after 5am and your late!
8. A hat on the run is a must. It keeps the flies from driving you crazy.
7. Run the downhills hard. If you don’t, the uphills will crush you.
6. The event really begins at mile 11 of the run.
5. The sun will be in your eyes on the swim course on the way back in. Know the course!
4. Even if it is a cool morning, the sun will come out-it will get very hot. Drink early and often.
3. The lake is shallow enough for the water temp to move up and down quickly.
2. Bring extra nutrition for Mile 11 and Mile 12 of the run. You’ll need it.
1. Save 5% of your energy for the last hill on the run! It sucks but leaves you with the last bit to the finish line!




Good luck. See you at the MMS races! Here are our remaining races this year:

July 16: Summit Lake Optimist Triathlon

Aug. 13: Central Indiana Orthopedics & Sports Medicine/Muncie August Triathlon
Good tune-up for a late summer Full triathlon!
Sept. 3: T3 MultiSport/Muncie Labor Day Weekend Triathlon
USAT/MidEast Collegiate Triathlon Conference Championships
Oct. 1: Powerman Muncie Triathlons and Duathlons
2011 Mideast Region Duathlon Championship
Oct. 29: IU Health/BMH Muncie Mini Marathon

STIndiana
America Multi-Sport, Inc.
America's Half June 10, 2017
USAT RD Century Club
http://www.americamultisport.com
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Re: Muncie Endurathon History [Stindiana] [ In reply to ]
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Nice guerilla marketing :)
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I can't remember the exact year I did this race, I think 2005, but I do remember the conditions well. The only way I found the place was by following cars with bike racks on the roof because it is in the middle of nowhere and the roads are poorly marked.
The water was too warm for a wetsuit. Being a lousy wetsuit dependent swimmer, I had to really suck it up especially since there was a thick fog and I could barely make out the orange blow-up thingy across the reservoir that we were told to use for sighting.
The sky was significantly overcast so I kept my cycling shoes barely sticking out of my bag at T1. Sure enough, the heavens opened as I got on the bike and rode but at least the shoes were dry to start. Not only did it rain, but there was lightening and thunder. I kept wondering if the race would be stopped, but the lightening abated and only the constant drizzle remained.
As I hit the run, the sky cleared and I got a full 2 hours and change of unmitigated sunlight and blazing temperatures.
Still, despite the conditions, I have to say this was hands down the best venue I've raced and those white sponges in the ice water on the run course were the best! Food was great and I have to say I really enjoyed the endurathon. I'm sorry I haven't made it back but maybe next year.
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Re: Muncie Endurathon History [Stindiana] [ In reply to ]
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Muncie used to be my "A" race of the year in the late 80s through the mid 90s. It was always at the end of August then. I remember well the sun in the eyes coming back during the swim, the heat, the wind and the post-race meal under the trees. Ironically, since Muncie is now a WTC event, I started focusing on IMs as my "A" races and I eventually stopped racing Muncie. My Muncie highlight was likely '99 when it was the National Long Course Championship. I had just become a Master and I won the 40-44 title thanks to John Brockenbrough racing elite. I'm likely done with WTC events but I wish all the Muncie participants well and hope they enjoy the event like I did!
Last edited by: Mark Lemmon: Jul 7, 11 10:06
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Re: Muncie Endurathon History [Mark Lemmon] [ In reply to ]
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History:
1980. My friends John, Frank and Paul read the SI story about the 1979 race and thought; we can do half of that in Muncie. We have Prairie Creek Reservoir, a perfect loop around the lake for the bike and they all had plenty of run knowledge after training at the lake for the first few Indy Mini marathons.

50 athletes did the 1980 and 1981 versions.
Don Winant won both and Cathy Miller was the ladies champion. Any know if she was the first women to do a half?
Many of the athletes stopped at mike 30 of the bike and eat pb&j sandwiches.

Great stuff!

STIndiana
America Multi-Sport, Inc.
America's Half June 10, 2017
USAT RD Century Club
http://www.americamultisport.com
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Re: Muncie Endurathon History [Stindiana] [ In reply to ]
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Did the Endurathon back in 1999. It was my first attempt at that distance and I crashed and burned on the run. Loved the race and still have my finishers plaque. Can you tell me where I can find the results?
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Re: Muncie Endurathon History [ssheets128] [ In reply to ]
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Good question. I have a paper copy in my files but ....after that?

Good question.

STIndiana
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America's Half June 10, 2017
USAT RD Century Club
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Did my first Muncie in 1989. All I can really remember was the heat and lack of shade on the run. They had these trash cans filled with ice water and towels, every mile i grabbed a new one and put in over my neck. I finished my first 1/2 IM and made it back one more year before I moved to Texas. Somewhere I have that white with pink t-shirt to this day. Good memories of all my Friends with the Central Ohio Triathlon Team doing that race.

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