Haven Barnes
Professional Triathlete
47 Sandra Lane
Manitou Springs, CO 80829

2007 Goals:

The 2007 season goal is to accumulate enough ITU points to continue my push toward the 2008 Olympic Trials. I am planning on racing many times both domestically and internationally and aim to be ranked in the top 100 or better in the world by the end of the 2007 season.

12th ranked American and 115th in the world in ITU points (June 2006)
3rd place finish Honolulu Pan American Cup (May 2006)
6th place finish Ixtapa Pan American Cup (May 2006)
13th place finish Pro National Championships in Long Beach, CA (June 2006)
Qualified and competed in four World Cup events in 2006 (Doha, Edmonton, Salford and Tiszaujvaros)

– Website featuring sponsor links, photos, results, commentaries, and race schedule
– Featured athlete on Outdoor Life Network coverage of Honolulu Triathlon 2006
– Featured athlete on Altitude Sports (CO) coverage of State Games of America 2005
– Featured athlete in Inside Triathlon (Lake Havasu Triathlon – July ’05)
– Result listing in Inside Triathlon (Memphis in May – Aug. ’05)
– Listed as Age Group All-American in Inside Triathlon 2004
– Pictured on advertisement

Tate Behning Triathlete

Hometown – Pella, IA
Resides – Boulder, CO
Date of Birth – 10/11/1981
Height – 5’10” Weight – 150 lbs
College – Wartburg College, IA
Years in Triathlon – 2

 Triathlon Results:
Harvest Moon Half Ironman – 6thOverall
– Great Colorado Triathlon – 4thOverall
– Dutchman Triathlon – 4th Overall

Running Results:
NCAA National Championship Qualifier, Cross-Country
– 2-time IIAC Conference Champion (Track) and 5-time All-Conference
– 24th Overall, 2nd American, 2nd in
-20-24 age group, Honolulu Marathon (2:40.10)


  • 26th Overall, 2005 Bolder Boulder
  • 8th Overall, 1st in 20-24 age group, 2005 Cherry Creek Sneak 5mi (26:45)

2006 Race Schedule:

·      ITU Ixtapa (Mexico) Pan American Cup Triathlon, May 27, 2006
·      ITU Long Beach, CA Pan American Cup Triathlon, June 24, 2006
·      ITU Bellingham, WA Pro National Championships, August 6, 2006
·      ITU Boston Pan American Cup Triathlon, September 3, 2006
·      Weschester Triathlon, New York, September 16, 2006


Occupation: Project Manager, The Van Heyst Group, Inc.

Education: BS, Business Administration, Wartburg College, IA. Graduated Magna Cum Laude and was named Outstanding Management Student

Hobbies: Soccer, Snowboarding, Guitar, Piano

Mike SharkeyDuathlete

Multisport Elite Team
Age: 26
Resides in Arvada, CO
(303) 842-6541



  • 2006 USA Triathlon Mideast
    Overall Duathlon Champion
  • Rattle Snake Duathlon – Overall Champion
  • Rattle Snake Triathlon Relay – Overall Champions
  • ITU Continental Cup (Triathlon) – Mexican Pro Nationals – 23rd
  • ITU Continental Cup (Triathlon)  – Rotan, Honduras, 14th
  • ITU Triathlon World Amateur Championships 45th Age Group
    (8th Fastest Run, 10th Fastest Bike)
  • 2005 Denver Athletic Club Sprint – 3rd Overall
  • 2005 USAT Rocky Mountain Regional Championships – 4th Overall (Fastest Run, 4th Fastest Bike)
  • 2005 Ordinary Mortals Triathlon  – 8th Overall (Fastest Run, 2nd Fastest Bike)

Elite Riptide Multisport Athletes:

Cortino Garcia
Brandon Rakita
Haven Barnes
Tate Behning
Mike Sharkey
Josh Merrick
Matt Balzer
Peter Mallett
Sean Wendt Coach/Manager

Riptide Multisports Junior Triathletes
The Riptide Multisports junior team will be attending all designated Tier-1 national junior events. The Tier-1 probable schedule for 2007 includes
Des Moines, Pittsburg, and the National Championship in Longmont Colorado.
Junior Elites:

13-15 and 16-19year olds:

Shea Wilfong 19 – 17th at Junior Nationals
. Lindsay Baker 17
Sam Sutherland 17 – 20th at Junior Nationals, previous 13-15 National Champion.
Jerry Medford 18 – 19th at Junior Nationals.
Ryan Russ 15 – 4th at Junior Nationals.
Bryn Morales 15 – 7th at Junior Nationals.

Cailley Wendt 14 – 15th at Junior Nationals.
Lindsey Schmidt 15 – 16th at Junior Nationals.
Linley Wendt 15 – 5th at Junior Nationals.
Rhys Rathbun 14 – Flat tire at Junior Nationals, but finished 16th.

Blake Forland-18
Bryant Jacobs-14
Ian Miller – 15
Thomas Hill – 15
Jack St. Marie-15
Anna McHugh – 15
James Hill – 13

We have other 13-19 year olds athletes
that are being recruited for 2007


• 2nd place team at 2006 Triathlon Junior National Championship (13-19 year olds).

• 6 athletes ranked in
the top 10 nationally:

13-15 females:
Ryan Russ, 1st; Bryn Morales, 3rd

13-15 males: Rhys Rathbun, 8th; Linley Wendt, 9th

16-19 males: Shea Wilfong, 6th

• 3 swimmers currently qualified for 2007 USA swimming sectional championship

• Several top 3 finishes in 2004, 2005 and 2006 at the USA state swimming championship

All athletes have at least 1 more year in their age category.

Give it 100% plus…



  • NCAA National Championship Qualifier 1500m
  • School Record Holder, Colorado School of Mines – (3:51.5 1500m)
  • NCAA Regional Championships Qualifier – Cross Country (10K)
  • 1st Place, Denver Race for the Cure 5K
  • 2and Place, Denver Running of the Green 7K
  • 1st Place Blaster Dash 5K
  • 7th Place, Sioux Falls ½ Marathon

2006 Race Schedule 

  • ITU Rotan Bay Islands (Honduras) Pan American Cup Triathlon – March 25, 2006
  • ITU Ixtapa (Mexico) Pan American Cup Triathlon – May 27, 2006
  • USA Triathlon Duathlon Mideast Championships – August 27, 2006
  • Sioux Falls ½ Marathon – Sept 10th, 2006
  • Golden Leaf ½ Marathon – Sept 23rd, 2006.
  • ITU Duathlon World Cup – London, England – October 22, 2006
  • Powerman Malaysia – November 11, 2006

Matt Balzer – Triathlete
Date of Birth – 2/7/1981
Resides – Golden, CO
Height – 5’10”
Weight – 150 lbs.
College – Colorado School of Mines
BS in Chemical Engineering with a minor in Economics

Notable Accomplishments

06’ Rattle Snake Triathlon ( Aurora, CO) – Overall Champion (Fastest Bike Split)
06’ Rocky Mountain State Games ( Colorado Springs, CO) – 5 th Overall
06’ Treasure Island Triathlon ( San Francisco, CA) – 5 th Overall
06’ Escape to Miami International Triathlon ( Miami, FL) – 6 th Overall

2006 Race Schedule

 USAT Age Group National Championships
Rattle Snake Triathlon
Treasure Island International Triathlon
Escape to Miami International Triathlon
Rocky Mountain State Games
The Great Colorado Triathlon
Table Mountain Triathlon
Twin Peaks Triathlon
Prospect Lake Triathlon
Commerce City Triathlon
Blaster Blast Triathlon


VP – Sales and Marketing, MMSwest
Assistant Track and Field Coach, Colorado School of Mines

I am a former collegiate sprinter and javelin thrower who instantly fell in love with the sport of triathlon during my first race in early 2006. Ever since that first race I have been training hard to earn my USAT elite license. With hours of dedication to my training, and the unbelievable support of my coach and fellow athletes at Riptide Mulitsports I accomplished my goal and will compete in 2007 as an elite triathlete. I am very excited about my future in the sport, and I will be competing in many National and International ITU triathlons in the coming years.


Peter Mallett – Triathlete

Hometown – Manchester, NH
Reside – Arvada, CO
Date of Birth – 4/20/1983
Height – 5’9” Weight – 143 lbs
College – University of New Hampshire, NH
Years in Triathlon – 2

Notable Accomplishments

  • 2nd overall at sprint distance Boston Triathlon, MA (2005)
  • 11th at Stroke and Stride, Auckland, NZ (2006)
  • 4th at Mooseman Triathlon, Bristol, NH (2006)
  • 1st at Hyannis Triathlon, Hyannis, MA (2006)

2007 Goals

Make a strong push onto the ITU circuit
Race competitively and work toward ranking on the continental cup circuit
Compete at Nationals in Hawaii
Work toward bid at 2008 Olympic trials and ultimately
2012 Olympics


Scholarship runner at University of New Hampshire – D1 XC/track and field
NCAA Northeast All Region Cross Country Athlete – (10k, 2001)
Foot Locker High School Northeast Qualifier 33rd place (1999)
Varsity swimmer at Manchester Central High School
BA in English Lit at University of New Hampshire (2005)
Traveled abroad as an undergraduate to Cambridge England
Traveled abroad on a working holiday to New Zealand

Competitive Outlook:

Throughout the three disciplines in triathlon my running ability proves to be the obvious strength. The races I have run at the university level show evidence that I have the potential to run stride for stride with the best runners in the sport. My swim stroke has also been refined through several years of competition. With intensified focus on the bike and swim leg I feel that I am capable of racing with the sports elite at the Olympic level.

2007 Goals

1. Obtain immediate coaching assistance, build solid base
2. Gain consistent experience as an elite, and score points on the ITU circuit

Long Term Goals

1. Develop structure and consistency in training
2. Advance towards qualifying for USAT Bronze team
3. Qualify for World Cup and possibly World Championship
3. Train for U.S. Olympic trials and spot on 2012 Olympic team

Branden Rakita – Professional Triathlete

Hometown: Durango, CO
Resides: Manitou Springs, CO
Years in Triathlon: 9, 3 rd pro year

Notable Accomplishments
5 th Tri-Cal Pro Series 2006
3/25 ITU Honduras – 8 th
4/17 Tri-The-Rim – 1 st
5/6 Wildflower LC – 14 th
5/14 ITU Honolulu – 10 th
6/4 Escape from Alcatraz – 16 th
7/23 Boulder Peak – 10 th
8/27 Chicago Triathlon – 15 th
9/9 Pacific Grove – 6 th (Fastest Bike)
9/17 ITU Westchester – 15 th

2007 Goals

Top Placing at ITU Continental Cup Races to improve my World Ranking, qualify for ITU World Cup Circuit and Olympic Trials

Top Placing at prestigous non-drafting races as well

Media Coverage

Triathlete Magazine July 2005 No. 255 – Featured athlete in National Collegiate Championship Race Coverage
Inside Triathlon Magazine Nov 2002 Vol. 17 Issue 11 – Photo page 33
Seen on Escape from Alcatraz National TV Broadcast 2005, 2006
Featured Athlete on Outdoor Life Network TV Broadcast of Honolulu ITU 2006
Featured Athlete on Comcast TV Broadcast of Boulder Peak Triathlon 2005
Feature Article in Durango Herald January 22 nd, 2004


Personal: Born and raised in Durango, CO, graduated Cum Laude with a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Colorado State University.

 Athletic Background: Started competitive swimming at 8…competed in Ironkids Triathlons, placing 3rd, 1996 and 1997 Colorado State Champions in Cross Country, Qualified for Rocky Mountain Division Junior Olympic Nordic ski team. Spent 2004 at former USAT National Training Center as a part of National Triathlon Development Team.

Amateur Career: Picked triathlon back up in 2000 after participating as a little kid, competed in Keystone Xterra, then competed at 2001 Lake Placid World Qualifier, qualified for 2001-2004 ITU World Championships for 20-24 age group for Team USA, 2001-2002 USAT All American, 2003 Honorable Mention, 2004 Inside Triathlon All-American, USAT U23 Series Champion 2004, USAT ITU-style All-American 2004

Cortino R. Garcia – Elite Triathlete

Exercise Physiology and Endurance Coaching Director,
USA Triathlon Level II Coach, CSCS
Hometown: Salt Lake City, Utah
Years in Triathlon: 14 – now in 4 th year as Elite

2006 Race Resume
Date Event  
10/15/06 Denver Marathon 14th, 1st in age group
8/20/06 Rattlesnake Team Triathlon 1st
8/5/06 Bridgeport Continental Cup ITU Tri
7/15/06 Xango Echo Lake Triathlon 3rd Elite/Overall
7/4/06 Evergreen Firecracker 5K 4th, 1st in age group
6/25/06 Prospect Lake Sprint Tri 6th Elite
5/27/06 Ixtapa Continental Cup ITU Tri
5/13/06 Barking Dog
5/6/06 Ogden Half-Marathon 4 th Overall
4/29/06 Deer Trail Road Race

2006 Coaching and Professional Exposure Opportunities


ATP Winter Multisport Camp



USOC Altitude Training Symposium

USAT Special Invitee


Prospect Youth Triathlon

Course Lead Out


USA Tri National Development Camp

16-24 yr old Coach


Riptide Winter Training Camp and Swim Analysis

Assistant Coach


Art and Science of Triathlon Conference



Several ATP Open House and Guest Speaking events



Races Expos and Veloswap


Media – Ten articles by or about Cortino and/or his services in four publications in 2006.


Cortino’s entry into triathlon, as an athlete and then as a coach-athlete, began with a desire to better understand training and performance techniques while competing in endurance sports. He started with running, added cycling, then swimming and water polo, and finally combined the three with triathlons (with a sprinkling of soccer, cross country skiing, rock climbing, snowshoeing, mountaineering, speed skating, telemark skiing, ultimate, and mountain biking). As he understood sport performance better, and as his own racing performances improved, he found himself assisting others to improve their training and performance through various coaching opportunities. At the same time, he wished to enter the highest tier or triathlon competitions – draft legal elite racing. He has found success in both areas since and plans to continue to build both his racing and coaching experience in 2007.

Joshua Merrick – Triathlete

Date of Birth: 09/02/1981
Height: 5’11’’
Weight: 155lbs.
Years in Triathlon: 1 year (1 year in Duathlon)

Adams State College, CO.
— BS Exercise Physiology/Psychology
Regis University, CO.
— DPT Doctorate of Physical Therapy (grad. date May, 2009)
Phone: (303) 916-3310
Recent Article about Josh:

Triathlon/Duathlon Results:

  • Xterra USA National Championships Qualifier 2006
  • 1 st place- Steamboat Springs Triathlon, Steamboat Springs, CO.- August, 27 th, 2006
  • 12 th place- Xterra Crested Butte Bank Trails Triathlon, Crested Butte, CO.- July 30 th, 2006
  • 13 th place- 5430 Peak Triathlon, Boulder, CO.- July 23 rd, 2006
  • 14 th place- Xterra Buffalo Creek Triathlon, Bailey, CO.- June 10 th, 2006
  • USA Triathlon Rocky Mountain Regional Duathlon Championship Male Overall Champion , 2005
  • 1 st place- Leadville Hill Altitude Duathlon, September, 25 th, 2005
  • 1 st place- Fall Frenzy Duathlon, September 11 th, 2005
  • 1 st place- Rattlesnake Duathlon (USA Triathlon Rocky Mountain Regional Duathlon Championship), Aurora, CO.- August 28 th, 2005
  • 1 st place- Aspen High Country Duathlon, Aspen CO.- August 20 th, 2005

Track/Cross-Country Results: Adams State College

  • 6-Time All-American
  • 2003 NCAA DII National Cross-Country Team Champions
  • 5 th place- 2004 NCAA DII National Cross-Country Championships
  • 2 nd place Steeplechase- 2005 NCAA DII National Track and Field Championships
  • 2003 Joe I. Vigil Award Recipient – in recognition of strong character and high ideals

2007 Race Schedule:

  • Barkin’ Dog Duathlon
  • Littlefoot Triathlon
  • Buffalo Springs 70.3 Triathlon
  • Boulder Peak Triathlon
  • The Great Colorado Triathlon
  • Rattlesnake Triathlon