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2015 Vineman Monte Rio Triathlon

May 19, 2015

We are proud to be returning as a sponsor of the 3rd Annual 2015 Vineman Monte Rio Triathlon!

The Vineman Monte Rio Triathlon exposes its athletes to all that we love about Sonoma County: the beauty of the Russian River in the swim, the ocean views on the bike ride to Jenner, and a majestic redwoods canopy on the run course. All that is missing from a perfect Sonoma County experience is a winery. Seemed like a natural fit for Rodney Strong. -Mark Mathewson, Director of Direct to Consumer

This year we have seven Rodney Strong team members competing in the sprint and Olympic distances. They’ve been training for months so we asked a few questions about how it’s going and what they’re most excited about for the triathlon.

When: May 31, 2015
Where: Monte Rio, Sonoma County
What: Sprint and Olympic distance triathlon
Olympic distance is 1.5K swim, 40K bike and 10K run
Sprint distance is 750 meter swim, 20K bike and 5K run
Who: There are still a few spots available for the Olympic distance! More information here.

Rodney Strong Team:
Amie Lane (Marketing Admin Assistant)
Marco Brunamonti (Pricing Analyst)
Mark Mathewson (Director of Direct to Consumer) and his wife Catherine DuBay
Pauline Block (Events Coordinator) and her husband Zachery Block
Rachel Russell (Hospitality Center)

AMIE LANE
How’s your training going?
Training is going well! It’s definitely been a challenge but it’s great to see the advancement in what I’m able to do. I ran 2 miles the fastest I ever have since high school. It’s also really helped training with Pauline, it makes it so much more fun!

Which part of the triathlon are you most looking forward to?
The end of it! I’ve never done anything like this in my life before. The only thing I’ve ever done is a 10K.

Have you done Vineman before? Why are you doing Vineman this year?
No, I have never done Vineman. I wanted to try it to see how far I can push myself (especially since there is a sprint distance option this year which is a good starting point) and doing it with coworkers seemed fun!

PAULINE BLOCK:
How’s your training going?
Training is going well! I have always been a runner, so I am focusing on the swimming & biking portions of the race. It is awesome to have Amie to train with. Partner training always make being accountable a lot easier, for me at least.

Which part of the triathlon are you most looking forward to?
I am looking forward to the swim being over. I have never really swam for fitness so am slightly worried about that part. It will be nice once that portion of the tri is done.

Have you done Vineman before? Why are you doing Vineman this year?
I have never done Vineman. I thought this would be a good opportunity to try something new with my fellow co-workers!

MARCO BRUNAMONTI:
How’s your training going?
Currently I am walking/running about 3 miles each day during the week and 6 miles a day on the weekends. I hope to get on the bike and in the water soon!

Which part of the triathlon are you most looking forward to?
The swim! I grew up swimming competitively and playing water polo so I feel at home in the water. And of course the post-race meal!

Have you done Vineman before? Why are you doing Vineman this year?
I did the vine man last year and have competed in the full Vineman as part of a relay in the past. It’s a great race and I have only had positive experiences. Competing in the Vineman this year is mostly to give myself a goal to work towards. With a newborn in the house it is easy to forget about exercising. The Vineman is giving me a goal to work towards is helping me find time to exercise.

Good luck to all of the Vineman competitors – see you at the starting line!