53 Columbia triathletes earn national title

Thursday, August 14, 2003 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 8:05 p.m. CDT, Friday, July 18, 2008

It didn’t take long for the Columbia Multisport Club to make a name for itself.

CMC, a club of triathletes, won the USA Triathlon Division I National Club Championship on Sunday at the Boulder Peak Triathlon in Boulder, Co. The competition consisted of a nine-tenths of a mile swim, a 26-mile bike ride and a 6.2-mile run.

CMC, which was formed in April 2002, participated in the national event for the first time.

Club Vice President Dwayne Miller said he was ecstatic with the club’s performance.

“They really did a bang-up job,” Miller said. “It was nice to see so many people working so hard.”

CMC finished with 37 1/2 points, topping Michigan’s Ann Arbor Triathlon Club which finished with 15.

Fifty-three of CMC’s 300 members raced against about 40 other clubs from across the nation, according to Miller. At least 250 club members are required to compete in Division I.

Team points were earned based on participation, performance and club travel distance. CMC received four travel points and 23 1/2 points because all CMC participants finished the race.

Three CMC athletes placed in the top five in their divisions earning the team 10 performance points.

Molly Vetter placed second in the women’s 20-24 division in 2 hours, 21 minutes and 51 seconds, Mark Wilson placed fifth in men’s 40-44 in 2:17:31, and club President Mark Livesay placed fourth in the Clydesdale division for men weighing more than 200 pounds at 2:31:18.

The race was the first time most CMC members performed in a team competition. CMC member Tod Holdorf said team competition helped his teammates push themselves.

“I know of several people who had poor swims and wanted to quit but kept going,” he said.

CMC was created to promote physical activity in mid-Missouri.

“It’s about a healthy lifestyle and is very social,” Livesay said.

Miller said he remembers how his triathlon involvement began.

“I was a couch potato when I saw the Iron Man on TV,” he said. “I sold my motorcycle and bought a small truck to carry my bicycle.”

Miller said the club started out small but quickly grew when the members found out about the national club championship.

“As word got out that we were trying to form a Division I club, it snowballed into a 300-plus organization,” Miller said.

The location of the national championship changes each year, and Livesay is trying to bring it to Missouri in 2005. He said if the competition came to Missouri, it would be at Innsbrook Resort in Wright City.

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