Posted by Editoress on 03/19/10
MelRad Racing, also known as Mel's Rad Racing Team, has announced the roster of athletes chosen to race as part of the professional and amateur squad in 2010.
The team is led by reigning 3-time USA Overall XTERRA Series Champion and 3-time XTERRA World Champion Melanie McQuaid. Melanie returns in 2010 planning to race events on the XTERRA and Ironman 70.3 calendar while dabbling in mountain bike events. While focused making an effort to win a fourth world title, Melanie is personal coach or mentor for all members of the MelRad Racing team and will help all to have the raddest season ever. For information on Melanie please visit www.racergirl.com.
The team concept was embraced by team sponsors. “Melanie has been the face of off-road triathlon for years and AVIA is fully supportive of her effort to give back to the sport through the development of the MelRad Racing Team. The MelRad athletes are not only fast, but are terrific ambassadors for the sport and their communities.” - Shawn Frack, Sports Marketing Manager, AVIA.
An invitation was extended to professional athletes Sara Tarkington and Emma Garrard to MelRad Racing for the 2010 season after they displayed raditude in 2009. With a goal of finding and developing the next generation of top professional athlete, Melanie chose two rad female competitors with potential for top podium positions at the Maui World Championships. Sara Tarkington, aka "Tark", is based in Boulder, Colorado where she came to triathlon from a running background. Emma Garrard was the 2007 amateur USA Champion, switching to the pro ranks in 2008. Originally from Anchorage and now in Park City, Utah, Emma divides her time between XTERRA and Winter Triathlon where she was second at the US Championships earning her a spot on the US World Championships team. For more information on pro and amateur athletes on the MelRad Racing squad please visit www.melrad.com.
Melanie McQuaid - Victoria, BC
Sara Tarkington - Boulder, CO
Emma Garrard - Park City, UT
Alexia Droz (Team Captain; 35-39 AG) - Northwest Region
Becky Batizy (30-34 AG) - Mountain Region
Greg Seaman (50-54 AG) - Midwest Region
Heather McNamara (45-49 AG) - Midwest Region
Brian Corff (30-34) - Mountain Region
Tim Holland (25-29) - Northwest Region
Rob Jackson (35-39) - Northwest Region
Meiling Yee (45-49) - Southwest Region
Marcus Barton (40-45) - Southeast Region
Fred Smith (30-34 AG) - Southeast Region
Kristin Jo Markham (20-24 AG) - Southeast Region
The MelRad Racing Team will be attending all events on the XTERRA US Series, select Ironman 70.3 events and US Cup mountain bike events. The first team event will be the XTERRA West Championships in Lake Las Vegas, NV.
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