Written By Justin Hatten, CTB
One of the values at AM Transport Services is community as employees participate in local events throughout the year.
On August 5, AM Transport Carrier Managers Joe Eagleson, Sam Rodgers and Colby Shawver took part in the seventh annual Richland County Recreation Council White Squirrel Triathlon with Eagleson pedaling 14.6 miles on his bicycle, Rodgers competing in the 5K run and Shawver swimming 200 meters for the “Transport Bandits.”
The trio placed third out of seven teams in the male division with a time of 1:15:04.80, behind Unfair Advantage (1:08:22.60) and Splash, Flash and Dash (1:12:56.95).
Competing in his first triathlon, Eagleson finished the leg in 46:30 on his Kona Jake CX, a cyclocross bike built to withstand terrain that varies from asphalt and gravel to dirt and mud.
“The White Squirrel Triathlon was a blast,” said Eagleson, who puts in 50 to 75 miles a week, riding to work nearly every day. “I enjoyed how many competitors encouraged each other throughout the bike portion the most. I heard ‘Good job’ or ‘Keep it up’ plenty of times, even though everyone was huffing and puffing their way down Saint Marie Road.
“The main preparation I made was riding up hills to get ready for the Saint Marie Road hill that I would have to ride over twice.”
Rodgers runs 15 to 20 miles each week and recorded a 3.1-mile time of 22:40 during his first triathlon.
“Definitely not the last,” Rodgers said. “I will be doing some full triathlons in the future for sure.
“It was a great experience and a fun atmosphere. Everyone involved was very friendly and welcoming. They gave out some awesome swag to participants. It was absolutely perfect weather to be out and about.”
With the temperature in the 50s the night before and at race time Saturday morning, Shawver braved chilly water at Olney’s Musgrove Aquatic Center to clock a time of 4:57.
“It was pretty frigid but after the initial shock, the adrenalin kicked in and took over,” said Shawver, who swam several times a week in the pool at his house training for his triathlon debut. “I loved it. A lot of the community was cheering on everyone. I will do it next year also.”
Commitment is another AM Transport value, which the “Transport Bandits” showed while working as a team to earn a top-three finish.