FS Series has been a long time sponsor for our Elite Team and it is always fun to race one of their events. Jason and Brent have wonderful courses set up and Dawn Dixon does an excellent job with the many volunteers required to make a race day successful!
I have heard about the infamous Belt Buckle prize of the Battle of Buckhorn race but have never been able to make the timing of the race work for my schedule until this year. Most times when you build something up in your mind, the reality is not as good. This was not true for Battle of Buckhorn. FS Series folks do not disappoint. The swim was well organized from well spaced wave start to the direction of the swim being modified race morning so that we wouldn’t be swimming into the sun on the return leg back to shore, thanks Brent! The bike course was fun. The turns were well marked and well staffed by volunteers (shout out to Whit Hughston!) The elevation on the bike was enough to make sure you are working hard but no crazy climbing. The run had a slight uphill that you run twice but the 2 loop course makes sure that you have plenty of friends to cheer on as you run by each other multiple times.
But the thing that really sets this race apart is the awards ceremony! FS actually gives prize money for the Top 3 Overall and Top 3 Overall Masters. Prize money is rarely seen, so this is always fun for athletes:) And even if you are not speedy enough to manage an overall podium finish, FS still has plenty of awards left to give. There is also prize money for the fastest swim split (male and female), fastest bike split (male and female) and fastest run split (male and female). And to show that FS Series keeps up with the current trends in our sport, there was also a Strava segment on the bike that produced KOM (King of the Mountain) and QOM (Queen of the Mountain) awards from those who had properly prepared their Strava account beforehand.
Thanks again, FS Series for another wonderful event and another year of sponsorship for our team. You guys rock!!