Check out CATAPULT VP Mark Barr in the TMC News this week as he prepares for the Paralympics in Rio this September!

CATAPULT represents in style at 2016 Shadow Creek Triathlon

July 10 2016 - CATAPULT had a great showing at the 2016 Shadow Creek Triathlon with a relay team consisting of Team USA Rio bound athlete and CATAPULT VP Mark Barr along with visually impaired athletes Robert Peck (on the bike) and Alex Hordge (on the run).  Robert and Alex were guided by CATAPULT co-founders Jarrett Hubert and Chris McClendon. 

The morning started off fast as Mark set a blazing pace on the 500 meter swim coming out of the water in second place of the Men's relay division.  He quickly handed over the timing chip to Robert who crushed the bike course on the tandem, averaging 22.1 mph on the 13.2 mile two loop course within the Shadow Creek neighborhood.  After a seamless transition, Alex Hordge took off on the run with guide Chris McClendon.  Alex has improved his running skills tremendously over the past six months since he started training with CATAPULT.  Alex improved his 5k PR by 7 minutes - finishing the 3.1 mile run in just over 30 minutes!  What is even more amazing is that his prior PR was on a cool morning at the ABB 5k in January and his most recent PR came during a very hot and humid July morning at Shadow Creek - way to go Alex! That training is paying off!  

Overall the boys finished in 5th place in the relay division, just missing the podium.  They still have a lot of work to do as a team but both Robert and Alex showed massive improvements on both the bike and the run from their last event Sylvan Beach.  These guys continue to show us what can happen with a lot of training and a little bit of encouragement from their teammates at CATAPULT.  Way to represent!  

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PC Triathlon Results:
1 Erich Manser  1:13:52.8
2 Mark Barr  1:26:51.4
3 Tina Ament  1:42:42.1
4 Maribel Vasquez  1:46:10.2
5 Kate Katulak  1:59:35.3

1 Robert Peck  2:02:19.6
2 Richard Zambrano  2:03:54.6
3 Alex Hordge  2:22:48.1
4 Jessica Callahan  2:46:50.8

Marathon team
Kyle Rubidoux (VI) Boston
David Kuhn (VI) Chicago
Tim Paul (VI) Chicago 

Half Marathon team
Jennifer Clark (AKA) Fort Worth
Hailey Danisewicz (AKA) Chicago
Levi Kane (AKA) Chicago
Mark Barr (AKA) Houston
Matt Oliver (VI) San Diego
Ashley Eisenmenger (VI) Chicago
Maribel Vasquez (VI) San Diego
Jessica Callahan (VI) Houston
Robert Peck (VI) Houston
Alex Hordge (VI) Houston

April 22, 2015 - CATAPULT athlete Matt Oliver recently took on the 2015 Boston Marathon in April with guide and CATAPULT co-founder Jarrett Hubert.  Most athletes are happy just to get to Boston and finish the race, but not Matt.  Matt had big plans for that day, which included taking the podium in the visually impaired category.  The day was not ideal conditions whatsoever.  Heavy rainfall, cold temps and a headwind along the entire course (Boston is a point to point race) made race day difficult for even non-visually impaired runners.  Matt took the course on in style, setting a steady pace the entire way and finishing in a very impressive 3:13:08, good for second overall in the Visually Impaired Category.  Matt enjoyed the awards ceremony where he got to meet his hero - Meb, who finished 9th overall in the elite division that same morning.  

More about Matt Oliver:  Matt is a VI athlete from San Diego, California.  He has been running for the past three years, often using Jarrett or CATAPULT guide Matt Vance as his eyes for many races.  Matt has completed four marathons, including a PR race of 2:50 at the 2015 Marathon National Championships for Blind Runners at the California International Marathon (CIM) in Sacramento, CA.  Matt is a hopeful for the 2020 USA Paralympic Marathon team and his next race is the 2017 Houston Marathon with CATAPULT.