Triathlon Business International (TBI), the industry organization dedicated to promoting the sport and the business of triathlon, is now taking submissions for the best published triathlon article and photo of the year, and the Ron Smith Triathlete of the Year Awards.With nominations due by 18 December 2013, finalists and winners will be recognized at the Triathlon Business International Awards Celebration taking place at the 4th annual Triathlon Business International Conference in Marina del Rey, California, on 26-28 January 2014.Best Triathlon Article and Photo selection criteria:Triathlon article or photo must be published and have appeared in a print or online media outlet in the 2013 calendar year.Individual writers and photographers may self-submit as long as the article/photo was published. Publications may submit an article or photo on behalf of the author(s) or photographer(s). Proof of publication must be provided with the article. A PDF of the article must also be submitted. If the article has been published online, a link to the article must be included.Publications may enter multiple submissions, but only three submissions are allowed per author or photographer. If a writer is also a photographer (or vice versa), he/she may submit no more than three article and three photo.Submissions must include the name, email address and phone number of the author or photographer.Male and Female Ron Smith Triathlete of the Year Award nomination criteria:Named after Ron Smith, one of triathlon’s earliest pioneers, the award recognizes a male and female triathlete who best demonstrate a combination of strong moral character, athletic performance and professionalism in the sport of triathlon. TBI is looking for triathletes who are not only strong competitors, but also are a role model to all; and who help promote the sport and pave the way for future triathletes.Submissions should include: submitter’s name, phone number and email address; name of nominated male or female triathlete; and no more than 250 words about why he/she is a candidate for the Ron Smith Triathlete of the Year award.Submitters may nominate one female and one male.Nominations close on Wednesday 18 December 2013. The Best Article, Best Photo and the Ron Smith Triathlete of the Year will be selected from all nominations by the National Voting Panel consisting of Triathlon Business International founding members and additional members prominent within the industry.All submissions should be sent via e-mail to nicole[at]triathlonbusinessintl.com.Positioned as ‘the only industry event devoted to the business and sport of triathlon’, the Triathlon Business International Conference will feature an impressive line-up of keynote speakers, valuable networking events, as well seminars and panels critical to the industry. One of the key tracks for 2014 will target Event Directors.The final night of the conference will be highlighted by the Triathlon Business International Awards Celebration. In addition to recognizing the best triathlon article and photograph, the Triathlon America Awards Celebration will honour the best retailers, manufacturers, products and athletes in the triathlon industry in 2013.Conference dates, location and costs:Date: 26-28 January 2014Location: Marina Del Rey Marriott – Marina del Rey, CaliforniaTri industry companies can register now for the Early Bird Special.Cost: Triathlon Business International Members –US$495 (until 25 November 2013)Non-members – US$695 (until 25 November 2013)Prices increase on 26 November. Registration includes all conference events, meals and one ticket to the Awards Celebration. Non-member registration includes a 1-year TBI membership.www.triathlonbusinessintl.com Related
Richie Gustin slips beneath Justin Mitchell as they battle for the lead in the Deery Brothers Summer Series for IMCA Late Models at Independence Motor Speedway Saturday, April 22. Gustin went on to record his career first series win. (Scott Swenson photo)INDEPENDENCE, Iowa (April 22) – Richie Gustin is glad he reconsidered his plans Saturday.After initially expecting to take the night off from racing, Gustin decided to make the trip to Independence Motor Speedway for the Deery Brothers Summer Series for IMCA Late Models.By night’s end, he was standing in victory lane celebrating the first series win of his career.Gustin made his way past race-long leader Justin Mitchell with 11 laps to go in the 40-lapper to drive to the milestone victory.Pole-sitter Mitchell assumed command early with Gustin in tow. The leader reached slower traffic after just 10 laps with Gustin remaining in pursuit the entire time.Gustin stuck with him and was eventually able to work the low side past Mitchell exiting turn two on lap 29. He led the rest of the way to secure the $2,000 payday ahead of Mitchell.Travis Denning, Luke Goedert and Curt Martin completed the top five in the caution-free feature.Tyler Bruening crossed the line third, however his rearend axle housing failed post-race inspection.Gustin became the fourth different winner in as many series events this season and the 98th different feature winner in the 31-year history of the Late Model tour.Thirty-five Late Models signed in to compete Saturday night.Gustin, Goedert, Rick Wendling and Cayden Carter earned $50 each from Malvern Bank for their heat race wins.Goedert was also the winner of the $250 Sunoco Race Fuels feature qualifier drawing.The series visits Dubuque Speedway Sunday, April 23 for a $2,000-to win event to conclude the Highway 20 Triple Crown weekend.Heading into the final installment of the Triple Crown, Gustin holds a two point lead over Carter.Feature results – 1. Richie Gustin, Gilman; 2. Justin Mitchell, Cedar Rapids; 3. Travis Denning, Sterling, Ill.; 4. Luke Goedert, Guttenburg; 5. Curt Martin, Independence; 6. Jake Neal, Omaha, Neb.; 7. Cayden Carter, Oskaloosa; 8. Jesse Sobbing, Malvern; 9. Rick Wendling, Hazleton; 10. Joel Callahan, Dubuque; 11. Matt Ryan, Davenport; 12. Jeremiah Hurst, Dubuque; 13. Luke Pestka, Robins; 14. Kyle Hinrichs, Swisher; 15. Darrel DeFrance, Marshalltown; 16. Jeff Tharp, Sherrill; 17. Jay Johnson, West Burlington; 18. Chad Holladay, Muscatine; 19. Paul Conrad, Colo; 20. Troy Hovey, Decorah; 21. Rob Toland, Colona, Ill.; 22. Jeff Aikey, Cedar Falls; 23. Curt Schroeder, Newton; DQ Tyler Bruening, Decorah.1st heat (top three) – 1. Wendling; 2. Hinrichs; 3. Mitchell; 4. Schroeder; 5. Sobbing; 6. Hovey; 7. Sean Johnson, Independence; 8. Bryce Carey, Ionia; 9. Ben Seemann, Waterloo.2nd heat – 1. Goedert; 2. Callahan; 3. Jay Johnson; 4. Hurst; 5. Conrad; 6. Toland; 7. Brian Hunter, Independence; 8. Brunson Behning, Davenport; 9. Gary Webb, Blue Grass.3rd heat – 1. Carter; 2. Denning; 3. Martin; 4. DeFrance; 5. Ryan; 6. Rory Metcalf, Iowa City; 7. John Emerson, Waterloo; 8. Kyle Krampe, Baxter; 9. Jon Passick, Waterloo.4th heat – 1. Gustin; 2. Neal; 3. Pestka; 4. Bruening; 5. Andy Eckrich, Oxford; 6. Aikey; 7. Holladay; 8. Tharp.1st “B” feature (top five) – 1. Sobbing; 2. DeFrance; 3. Ryan; 4. Schroeder; 5. Hovey; 6. Metcalf; 7. Emerson; 8. Sean Johnson; 9. Krampe; 10. Seemann; 11. Carey; 12. Passick.2nd “B” feature – 1. Hurst; 2. Bruening; 3. Conrad; 4. Toland; 5. Aikey; 6. Eckrich; 7. Holladay; 8. Tharp; 9. Behning; 10. Webb.