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
COMPETITOR MAGAZINE LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
USA TRIATHLON JUNIOR MALE TRIATHLETE OF THE YEAR
USA TRIATHLON JUNIOR FEMALE TRIATHLETE OF THE YEAR
USA TRIATHLON MALE MASTERS TRIATHLETE OF THE YEAR
USA TRIATHLON FEMALE MASTERS TRIATHLETE OF THE YEAR
USA TRIATHLON MALE GRAND MASTER TRIATHLETE OF THE YEAR
USA TRIATHLON FEMALE GRAND MASTER TRIATHLETE OF THE YEAR
USA TRIATHLON OVERALL MALE TRIATHLETE OF THE YEAR
USA TRIATHLON OVERALL FEMALE TRIATHLETE OF THE YEAR
USA TRIATHLON MALE DUATHLETE OF THE YEAR
USA TRIATHLON FEMALE DUATHLETE OF THE YEAR
USA TRIATHLON MALE PROFESSIONAL ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
USA TRIATHLON FEMALE PROFESSIONAL ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
USA TRIATHLON MALE PROFESSIONAL DUATHLETE OF THE YEAR
USA TRIATHLON FEMALE PROFESSIONAL DUATHLETE OF THE YEAR
COMPETITOR/ACTIVE USA ATHLETES OF THE DECADE
LANCE ARMSTRONG & PAULA NEWBY-FRASER
COMPETITOR MAGAZINE ADVENTURE RACER OF THE YEAR
TRIATHLETE MAGAZINE HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES
COMPETITOR MAGAZINE RUNNING LEGEND
U.S. OLYMPIC COMMITTEE MALE TRIATHLETE OF THE YEAR
U.S. OLYMPIC COMMITTEE FEMALE TRIATHLETE OF THE YEAR
IRONMAN MALE OUTSTANDING AGE GROUP ACHIEVEMENT
IRONMAN FEMALE OUTSTANDING AGE GROUP ACHIEVEMENT
COMPETITOR MAGAZINE MEDIA AWARD WINNER
SAL RUIBAL/USA TODAY
TRIATHLETE MAGAZINE FEMALE LONG DISTANCE TRIATHLETE OF THE YEAR
TRIATHLETE MAGAZINE MALE LONG DISTANCE TRIATHLETE OF THE YEAR
KATIE KNIGHT- PERRY & RALPH PERRY
COMPETITOR MAGAZINE 1999 COMPETITORS OF THE YEAR
DICK HOYT & RICK HOYT
COMPETITOR MAGAZINE CYCLING LEGEND
COMPETITOR MAGAZINE CHALLENGED ATHLETE OF THE YEAR
COMPETITOR MAGAZINE TRIATHLON LEGEND
IRONMAN TRIATHLON HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE