The New Southeast Region

Dear USA Triathlon members,

In order to create more equitable member representation, USAT has decided to merge the states of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi and South Carolina into a new Southeast Region.


As the growth of the sport of triathlon continues, this merger will ensure that programming is bigger and better than ever!

Since we will now have more distance to cover with our programs, the need for volunteers is greater than ever. Presently, the Southeast Region consists of the following volunteers.

  • Hector L. Torres (Paratriathlon, Coaches, Education Initiative)
  • Thomas Reilly (Regional Officials Coordinator)
  • Lacey Chimienti (Women’s Initiative)
  • Deb Peters (Youth Initiative)
  • Heather Butcher (Youth & Coaches Initiative)
  • Shana Fitch (Youth Initiative)
  • Linden Fenton (Race Directors)
  • Matthew Hert (Clubs)
  • Michelle Hill (Administration)
  • Andrew Everest (Administration)

We will soon be reaching out to all of the certified coaches, clubs and race directors within the new Southeast Region to inform them of the programs we have in place and how they can be implemented within their area.

Our 2018 Regional Races so far are:

  • Regional Championship (Olympic Distance) – St. Anthony’s Triathlon
  • Club Regional Championship (Olympic and Sprint Distance – St. Anthony’s Triathlon

If you have any questions or are interested in volunteering, please do not hesitate to contact me.


Hector L Torres

USAT Elite Coach, USAC Lv 2, USAS and USATF & MS 

USA Triathlon Southeast Regional Representative
Southeast Paratriathlon Development Coordinator
617 Virginia Dr.
Orlando, FL 32801
P: 321-443-0073

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2018 Race Director Summit


The newly revamped USA Triathlon Race Director Summit will be held Feb. 23-25, 2018 in Colorado Springs, Colorado, at the U.S. Olympic Training Center. This event is a new spin on the industry-leading event for race directors to learn from each other and network with peers from across the country. Attendees will participate in group sessions where they will work together to identify pain points in the industry and collaborate on solutions.

Registration is now open, and participants have the opportunity to stay at the U.S. Olympic Training Center where Olympic hopefuls live and train. Room reservations can be made during Summit registration and include meals and airport transportation. Additional housing is available at the Antlers Hotel in downtown Colorado Springs. Shuttle service will operate between the Antlers and the CSOTC on Saturday and Sunday.

“We feel the national meeting provides a great opportunity to network with other directors from across the country and provides valuable education. We have attended every annual meeting since becoming certified race directors and will be attending again this year!”          —Andy Vidro, member of the Race Director Committee, and Level 2 Certified Race Director.

Click HERE for more information or to REGISTER!


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2017 USAT Florida Region Hall of Fame Inductees

Message from you Chair

We are pleased to announce the First Class of 2017 for induction in the USA Triathlon Florida Region Hall of Fame. Hector L Torres, chair of the USA Triathlon Florida Region, says, “If we were to review the goals and purposes of the Hall of Fame, these four individuals would meet the criteria”. The 2017 Hall of Fame Dinner is going to be held this Saturday, December 2, 2017, at the Hampton Inn in Coconut Creek, FL. If you are interested in attending, we only have a few seats left. You can attend by registering at: Click Here .

About the USA Triathlon Florida Region Hall of Fame of 2017 Inductees:

Jennifer Hutchison

In 1998, Jennifer completed her first triathlon to better relate to the triathletes who were coming to her for sports nutrition guidance. Little did she know that her career as a Registered Dietitian would turn her new-found passion of triathlon into a full-time career as a professional multisport coach. 


Jennifer has been USAT certified since 2000. She is one of 20 to hold the highest USAT Level 3 Elite Coaching License and was one of the first USAT Youth/Junior Certified Coaches. Jennifer works with competitive age group and elite/ professional athletes through her business Ironclad Coaching and is very passionate about youth/junior and U23 athlete development. As a coach, Jennifer has an exceptional track record producing five individual Collegiate National Champion titles (three are University of Florida graduates), the 1st Women’s NCAA Triathlon Champion, a Junior National Champion, U23 National Champions, ITU Junior World Championship Silver medalist and a World Cup Champion. Jennifer is a founder and head coach for the junior high-performance team Triton Elite Multisport and based on her success in the 2014 season was selected a recipient of the United States Olympic Committee’s Developmental Coach of the Year.

Fred Ryzmek

Fred has been involved in race directing and sports promotion in the Tampa Bay area for over 35 years. He turned to the sport of triathlon by doing an event in 1981 in San Diego. He has produced over 300 events from 5k’s to ultra’s and from triathlons, to duathlons and adventure runs. He has worked with World Triathlon Corporation and North American Ironman producing events at different venues all over the United States.

He is an experienced race director that started and produced many events including such triathlons as the Escape from Ft De Soto, Top Gun and the Suncoast Triathlon. He has also produced over 100 5k events in the Tampa Bay Area. He is a certified race director with USAT. He believes the operations of his events are the key to their success and produces every event with that in mind. “You’re only as good as your last event.”

Norm Seavers

In 1976-77 Jim Fixx’s “The Complete Book of Running” was published and America started running and so did Norm. He ran in numerous 5k’s, 10k’s, and ran his first marathon in 1984 and got his first taste of endurance sports. Norm relocated to Florida in 1986, and Mike Plant’s book, “Iron Will” resurrected thoughts of the 1982 Hawaii Ironman telecast. Norm went on to complete his first sprint triathlon in 1987 and over the years moved on to longer triathlons and completed his first Ironman distance event in 1994 in Clermont.

In early 2000, the sport of triathlon helped him recover more quickly from a cancer diagnosis and treatment than he believes he would have without the sport.  He has been honored to have been accepted into the USAT Century Club in 2016 (document to have completed 100 tris). He earned an invitation to the USAT Age Group Nationals (Omaha) in 2015 and 2016, as well as in 2016 earned his way into the World Long Course Championship in Penticton, Canada by way of a top 10 AG finish at the Miami Man Long Course National Championship.

Norm is a US Masters Swimming Adult Learn to Swim Certified Instructor and a Triathlon Council Coordinator for Diversity in Aquatics. He is a Brand Ambassador for Special Compass which assists differently abled athletes to experience the joy of running (pushed), cycling (pulled behind bike, swimming (towed in raft) and adventure racing. Norm is also National Ambassador for the Black Triathletes Association.

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Sunshine Leaders: Try @ the Y

Awesome to see the success of a USAT – Florida Region program and a USA Triathlon key initiative! Thanks to the hard work of Sunshine Leader, Zoe Da Silva and Program Leader, Lacey Chimienti. #Womenwhoshine

22554741_10154902522617681_4164940405022613673_nOn Saturday 14th October, 19 ladies lined up at the start line of Boca Raton’s first ever ladies only Triathlon at the Peter Blum Family YMCA. For 15 of them, it was their first ever triathlon. The other 4 had completed a couple of small local events.

Some of the the ladies has their own programs to follow, but 10 of them needed assistance with their swimming, cycling or running, so embarked on a 6 week coaching course leading up to the race to prepare them for all they needed to know. We covered technique and drills in all 3 sports, transition practice and we even did a run through of the route a week before.
Race day arrived and they were ready and eager to go. The ladies were set off in 15 second increments in the pool. The swim course snaked along the lanes and the ladies swam a total of 150 yard before exiting the pool and making their way to transition. Once on the bike, they cycled 2 laps of the local neighborhood which covered 4.5 miles, with the help of the Doghouse team ensuring everyone was kept safe. After heading back into transition, the ladies took off for their run. The run course entailed a short stretch up to a local school and then returning to the YMCA for a final lap of the field where their supporters were waiting for them. The run was lead by the GO! Athletics team and as a total of 1 mile. 22310704_10154902528712681_4253335972112021566_n
All in all, the ladies all tried very hard and all finished with a big smile on their faces. The accomplished so much over a short space of time. One of the ladies couldn’t even put her face in the water 6 weeks ago, and went on to finish her first ever Triathlon. I couldn’t be any prouder of them all. Well done Ladies!
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Message from your Chair! October 2017

Hello Florida Members,

I hope you are all having a good day and recovering from all of these storms. For those members who have family in Puerto Rico, Mexico, and Texas; I hope they are doing well.

USA Triathlon Hall of Fame – Deadline

On October 15, 2017, is the last day to submit your nomination for the Hall of Fame in the Florida Region.  To find the applications, please click hereHOF_FloridaRegion

USA Triathlon Florida State Championship

USA Triathlon is hosting their second Florida State championship in Miami, FL. To register, please follow this link:


  • USA Triathlon Annual Membership
  • Proof of High School program enrollment*
    • Options for Proof of Attendance (choose one)
      • School ID, report card, another form of identification verified by high school
      • Eligibility Form

2017 USA Triathlon National Elections

Swim, Bike, Run….VOTE! #makeyourvotecount

VOTING OPENS SEPTEMBER 15, 2017, and ends OCTOBER 15, 2017, at 11:59 p.m. CDT.
To learn more about the candidates, please visit the following website & VOTE for your candidate to represent the Florida Region!


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Message from your Regional Chair

Hello Members,
I hope all of you are safe, as many of us are working through the wind, water, and other Hurricane Irma destruction. Of course, my number one priority is you, the USA Triathlon Florida Region members and your families. So if there is anything you need during this time, please don’t hesitate to reach out.
I’m so proud of the efforts you all have put forth ahead of, during, and now after the storm, to continuously show your support for our community and live our sportsmanship values. I sincerely thank you for your dedication to the sport.
Please keep in close contact with your local Triathlon Clubs, race directors and council members.  You and your loved ones continue to be in my thoughts and prayers and again I thank you for your support.
Hector L Torres

USAT Elite Coach, USAC Lv 2, USAS and USATF & MS 

USA Triathlon Florida Region Chair
617 Virginia Dr.
Orlando, FL 32801
P: 321-443-0073
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Hurricane Irma – Please be safe!

Hello Florida Triathletes,
As the storm draws near, I encourage you to listen to the authorities and be safe. Please make the arrangements necessary to protect yourself and your family. My prayers goes out to all of you.
Hector L Torres

USAT Elite Coach, USAC Lv 2, USAS and USATF, CSCS, MA & MS 

USA Triathlon Florida Region Chair
Florida Paratriathlon Development Coordinator
617 Virginia Dr.
Orlando, FL 32801
P: 321-443-0073
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Hurrican Irma

Hello Athletes,

As you are aware there Hurricane Irma is on her way. It is the strongest hurricane ever recorded in the Atlantic Ocean outside of the Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico.

A Category 5, it is currently heading toward Southern Florida; the Florida Keys announced a mandatory visitor and resident evacuation will begin Wednesday morning. Miami-Dade County’s emergency management Twitter posted a list of evacuation centers today, and Miami’s mayor has said evacuations for the city will begin Wednesday.

Irma is expected to reach Florida by this weekend, and if you could be affected, begin preparing now. If there is an order to evacuate, do not ignore the order. If there is an order to stay at home, sometimes that can be safer than leaving.

Please stay tuned to your local and please be safe. In behalf of the entire Florida Region and USA Triathlon. Please be safe!


Hector L Torres

USAT Elite Coach, USAC Lv 2, USAS and USATF & MS 

USA Triathlon Florida Region Chair
Florida Paratriathlon Development Coordinator
617 Virginia Dr.
Orlando, FL 32801
P: 321-443-0073


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Florida to host Sarasota-Bradenton Triathlon Festival

SBtrifest web bannerTake part in an exciting weekend of racing and watch top international triathletes compete at the first annual Sarasota-Bradenton Triathlon Festival on October 7-8. Nathan Benderson Park is the site of this two-day celebration of all things triathlon, with racing opportunities for, age-group, collegiate and elite athletes alike.

NtnlChampLogo_Draft_Legal_Sprint_2017Registration is now open for the USAT Age Group Draft-Legal Sprint Triathlon World Qualifier and Age Group Non Draft Open Sprint Triathlon. Register today to be part of one of the nation’s largest multisport festivals!

For more information on the event, click here!

Let’s make sure the Florida Region is well represented!

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For Women Only – Triathlon Issues

At a recent women’s triathlon clinic, attendees wrote down their fears or concerns about training and completing a triathlon. There are definitely a few things about triathlons that aren’t pretty or feminine. Let’s explore a few.

First, I hate the woman who shows up to race with hair, makeup, lipstick, nails and jewelry. Your bling could attract sharks or alligators. The rest of us hit “snooze” at least one, crawled out of bed, skipped a shower (deemed not necessary before OWS) maybe brushed our teeth, donned our tri kit so carefully laid out the night before, and rushed out the door. Are you wearing your tightest sports bra that keeps the girls from even the tiniest bounce or are you going to be the one that spectators are nodding their heads up and down with each stride as you bounce your way to the finish line?

But just as you are ready to leave you remember what you forgot to do BEFORE putting on your tri kit. Those of us with a bit more “body” need to smear an anti-chafing product with sexy names like “Butt Butter” in those areas that will experience friction. Sweat plus friction equals painful chafing, blisters or boils. So, prior to donning that tri gear, generously lubricate with “product” to armpits, under the twins, inner thighs and butt cracks.

When you arrive at the race site, like a felon on probation, you are issued fashionable ankle bracelet with a timing chip attached. Next is body marking, a ritual resembling marking cattle headed to market. For sophisticated triathlons, this might be accomplished with temporary race tattoos, but for common sprints, you are marked with your race number on one or both arms by a Boy Scout volunteer who has never played with a permanent black marker before. Wait until after your body marking experience to apply sunscreen or you’ll have a smeary black mess on your arms and legs. Remember to remove your markings after the race with baby oil, alcohol, or lots of elbow grease before work the next day when someone asks you late in the day why you have a number on the back of your leg.

women-only-e1480301490827-300x300.jpgAlright. You racked your bike and meticulously set up transition. Everyone is taking pre-race selfies. If you’re lucky enough to have a wetsuit, you now look like a stuffed sausage in black casing. There’s still about 20 minutes to race start, so it’s time to find a bathroom – – or portapotty alley. Darn, should have done that BEFORE the wetsuit. Everyone else has the same idea, so you start to panic as you nervously stand in line for a stall. If you are lucky, there might even be toilet paper, but it’s not a bad idea to bring your own roll to every race. Don’t count on washing your hands either, did you bring hand sanitizer too?

You head to the swim start where the beach is now littered with triathletes in waves of USAT_Nats_16-160048-5-19colorful swim caps. Again, for most of us, swim caps and goggles are not flattering, so you’re glad you don’t have your phone, but all the spectators do, so it’s another opportunity for that last pre-race photo, and don’t forget to wave to the drone.

Your wave is called and a herd of splashing women attack the water like a Black Friday sale at Macy’s. Women will usually at least attempt to apologize for kicking or hitting you, but that’s all part of the sport. Hopefully you survive the swim leg, and drag yourself out of the swim like a drunken sailor and attempt to jog to transition. Like a busy day at the mall, do you remember where you parked your bike? You recklessly attack your meticulously arranged transition setup with discarded swim gear, and take off with your bike, helmet and shoes. But where are you going? Bike out? Mount past the line, and you’re off.

The best time to eat and hydrate is during the bike. But that means you have to pee again. Do you stop? As gross as it may sound, you have limited options. One is to pee while pedaling. Because blood travels away from the digestive tract to support working muscles when you swim, bike or run, proper digestion is reduced, which can lead to intestinal discomfort and emergent bathroom needs. While that bike seems to last forever, you are relieved to see transition again.

Off the bike, you’re off on the run, and darn, you still have to pee. Many women have a little issue here with stress urinary incontinence. It’s okay, let it flow, let it go! At the next water stop, take two cups of water, drink one and just pour the other water over yourself. No one will notice. Stay hydrated.

USATriathlon_NationalsNow is the most important part of the race, approaching the finish line. With your wet, matted hair, in your sweaty, peed on tri-suit, in soggy, hot, blistery shoes, approach that finish line like you are on a pageant stage. Even if you’re in pain, smile like a princess. Celebrate, dance and cheer! And if your hair, makeup and jewelry still look perfect, I still hate you.


Elise Enloe is a triathlon coach with Tri with Us and a Sunshine leader for the USAT Florida Region located in Oviedo, FL.  You can reach Elise via email at

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