Endurance Awards

Hi! My name is Rudy Garcia-Tolson. I'm 11 years old. My whole family was invited by the Challenged Athletes Foundation to attend the Eighth Annual Competitor Magazine Endurance Sports Awards Banquet at Sea World San Diego on February 26th. I couldn't believe all the great athletes who were there!

Here I am with two of the award winners, the great Kenyan runner Henry Rono (left) and the three-time winner of the Tour de France, Greg LeMond (right). That's me wearing pinstripes in the center.

Lew Friedland (right), President of the World Triathlon Corporation, named 1979 Ironman champion Tom Warren (left) as the eighth inductee into the Ironman Hall of Fame.

My triathlete relay teammate Scott Tinley (pictured) was one of four people inducted into the Triathlete Magazine Hall of Fame. The others were Julie Moss, Jim Curl and Carl Thomas.

Speaking of Challenged Athletes, the Challenged Athlete of the Year was my friend Melanie Benn. Despite losing both her arms and both her legs, she still did the 1.2 mile swim at the San Diego Triathlon Challenge. Melanie is my hero!

For the first time, Ironman announced age group achievement award winners. They were Missy LeStrange (left) and Bill Bell (right).

Active.com hosted on-site voting for the Endurance Athletes of the Decade. Paula Newby-Fraser (left) was the unanimous choice for the women while Mark Allen (right) was edged out by cyclist Lance Armstrong. Mark accepted for Lance because Lance was off racing in Europe.

I like Triathlon Legend award winner Greg Welch (right) because he's not much bigger than I am. With him is Mr. T himself, Tim Twardzik of Mrs. T's Pierogies.

Okay, so I didn't win anything as big as Dick Hoyt (left) or Hawaiian Ironman race director Sharron Ackles (right).

Did I mention that I won a lot of stuffed animals in the Sea World Arcade? I was really good at shooting hoops.

The day after the banquet, I ran the mile at the Spirit Run in Laguna Beach. The race director? Competitor Magazine's Race Director of the Year Kathy Kinane.

The Triathlete Magazine Long Distance Triathletes of the Year were Peter Reid (far right) and his wife Lori Bowden (second from right). They hung out at the Sea World arcade with 1997 Ironman Champion Heather Fuhr and her husband and coach-to-the-stars Roch Frey. I bet they didn't win as many stuffed animals as I did! Dick Hoyt and his son Rick Hoyt were named Competitors of the Year. Dick pulled Rick in a raft during the Ironman swim, then rode and ran with Rick as well. Dick Hoyt is definitely a committed dad!

Actor, triathlete and relay partner Real Andrews bid $4,200 on the lease-the-Isuzu-of-your-choice. All the money went to the Challenged Athletes Foundation courtesy of Isuzu. Thanks, Isuzu!

For their great years, Hunter Kemper and Karen Smyers were named the U.S. Olympic Committee Triathletes of the Year.

1999 Athletes of the Year

COMPETITOR MAGAZINE RACE DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR

KATHY KINANE

COMPETITOR MAGAZINE LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

DAVE MCGILLIVRAY

USA TRIATHLON JUNIOR MALE TRIATHLETE OF THE YEAR

BRYAN ROTHER

USA TRIATHLON JUNIOR FEMALE TRIATHLETE OF THE YEAR

COURTNEY BENINGTON

USA TRIATHLON MALE MASTERS TRIATHLETE OF THE YEAR

GAR HACKNEY

USA TRIATHLON FEMALE MASTERS TRIATHLETE OF THE YEAR

JAN GUENTHER

USA TRIATHLON MALE GRAND MASTER TRIATHLETE OF THE YEAR

ROGER BROCHENBROUGH

USA TRIATHLON FEMALE GRAND MASTER TRIATHLETE OF THE YEAR

MADONNA BUDER

USA TRIATHLON OVERALL MALE TRIATHLETE OF THE YEAR

PAUL FRITZCHE

USA TRIATHLON OVERALL FEMALE TRIATHLETE OF THE YEAR

KAREN MCKEACHIE

USA TRIATHLON MALE DUATHLETE OF THE YEAR

CHRIS TOLONEN

USA TRIATHLON FEMALE DUATHLETE OF THE YEAR

MARJAN HUIZING

USA TRIATHLON MALE PROFESSIONAL ROOKIE OF THE YEAR

JOHN O'KEEFE

USA TRIATHLON FEMALE PROFESSIONAL ROOKIE OF THE YEAR

SHEILA TAORMINA

USA TRIATHLON MALE PROFESSIONAL DUATHLETE OF THE YEAR

PAUL THOMAS

USA TRIATHLON FEMALE PROFESSIONAL DUATHLETE OF THE YEAR

KIMBERLY BRUCKNER

COMPETITOR/ACTIVE USA ATHLETES OF THE DECADE

LANCE ARMSTRONG & PAULA NEWBY-FRASER

COMPETITOR MAGAZINE ADVENTURE RACER OF THE YEAR

PAUL ROMERO

TRIATHLETE MAGAZINE HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES

CARL THOMAS

JIM CURL

JULIE MOSS

SCOTT TINLEY

COMPETITOR MAGAZINE RUNNING LEGEND

HENRY RONO

U.S. OLYMPIC COMMITTEE MALE TRIATHLETE OF THE YEAR

HUNTER KEMPER

U.S. OLYMPIC COMMITTEE FEMALE TRIATHLETE OF THE YEAR

KAREN SMYERS

IRONMAN MALE OUTSTANDING AGE GROUP ACHIEVEMENT

BILL BELL

IRONMAN FEMALE OUTSTANDING AGE GROUP ACHIEVEMENT

MISSY LESTRANGE

COMPETITOR MAGAZINE MEDIA AWARD WINNER

SAL RUIBAL/USA TODAY

TRIATHLETE MAGAZINE FEMALE LONG DISTANCE TRIATHLETE OF THE YEAR

LORI BOWDEN

TRIATHLETE MAGAZINE MALE LONG DISTANCE TRIATHLETE OF THE YEAR

PETER REID

IRONSPIRIT AWARD

KATIE KNIGHT- PERRY & RALPH PERRY

COMPETITOR MAGAZINE 1999 COMPETITORS OF THE YEAR

DICK HOYT & RICK HOYT

COMPETITOR MAGAZINE CYCLING LEGEND

GREG LEMOND

COMPETITOR MAGAZINE CHALLENGED ATHLETE OF THE YEAR

MELANIE BENN

COMPETITOR MAGAZINE TRIATHLON LEGEND

GREG WELCH

IRONMAN TRIATHLON HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE

TOM WARREN

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