Local Athletes take Top Honors at Triathlon

The Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse of Washington County (AODA) paired up this past Saturday with local sponsors; West Bend Mutual Insurance Company, Meadow Creek Elk Farms, Washington County Parks and Planning, Johnson Bus, Mid-Cities MotorSports, Hartford Savings Bank, Road ID and Hammer Nutrition, to hold the first Under-the-Influence-of-Adrenaline triathlon in West Bend. Proceeds from the Triathlon will be used to support AODA’s prevention and early intervention services. 

On the southeastern shores of West Bend’s Little Cedar Lake and the surrounding rolling hills of the Kettle Moraine, over 325 athletes endured the cold weather to test their strength and endurance on a chilly Wisconsin day. Participants for the quarter mile swim, thirteen mile bike and 5K run were vastly supported by area businesses to promote healthy living. With a great turnout of both sponsors and volunteers for this event made the event a success and proved to be what many may call “the sport of the new millennium”.

Meadow Creek Elk Farms, owned locally by Bob and Diana Susen, not only had the pleasure of sponsoring the event as a whole through a generous donation of their coveted elk burgers for participants and volunteers, but also individually sponsored four athletes that took remarkable results and high honors for the event.  Each athlete has been using the all-natural velvet antler supplement manufactured by Meadow Creek Elk Farm, which has proved its results through this event. The team consisting of brothers, Brad Riekkoff, and Peter and Paul Reis placed second in the event, with Paul taking a first place time of 38.58 minutes for the bike portion and Peter taking a second place with a time of 7.23 minutes for the swim. Placing in the top 10 has been de-je-vue for eldest brother, Brad, who placed 7th in the Naturalmania Nationals, a natural body building competition.  “It’s been a while since I’ve participated in any events like this, I totally enjoyed getting back in the swing of things, and it was especially rewarding to compete with my brothers.”  

In addition to sponsoring the brothers, Meadow Creek Elk Farms also sponsored athlete and natural fitness enthusiast, Diana Behrend. Behrend, of Slinger, completed the entire course herself placing 6th in her division, with an overall time of 1.50.34.  Behrend is a featured athlete on their website, boasting how velvet antler has increased her stamina and endurance during the circuit of events she has been participating in over the last year.  Velvet antler, a two thousand year old supplement used in the Orient is sparking a modern day interest with athletes and health conscience consumers as a performance enhancer for those wanting to compete and stay in the zone.  Elk velvet antler is becoming a hit with athletes who want to increase their strength and endurance using a natural product. Clinical research has proven that velvet antler improves muscle endurance, and the increase of blood supply to the muscles acts as an anti-inflammatory, allowing athletes to recover faster from training sessions.   Achieving success for most athletes means consistency in training and keeping the body in a fine tuned balance at all times.  With many supplements on the market today to improve the recovery times during training, velvet antler is again proving to play a significant part of the winners circle.

The common effort by The Council on Alcohol and other Drug Abuse of Washington County (AODA), through the Under-the-influence-of-Adrenaline, and each of its sponsors focused on the healthy and natural living of all. Bringing health and fitness awareness to the community is a reward that was given to everyone involved. Thanks to sponsors like Meadow Creek Elk Farm, the status quo of living will be raised to a healthy status quo of living. For more information on the natural, healthy benefits obtained through elk products, visit www.elkantlers.com.


(Written by Stephanie Broughton)

August 31, 2009