Based in Joplin, MO the team participates in triathlon, running, cycling, mountain biking, and other endurance events. We strive to support beginner to advanced athletes and welcome athletes all of sizes, shapes, and abilities! Join us!
The 2019 Team Benefits
Team is just a fancy name for a club. If you are 18 years of age or older, a human, like people, and enjoy or want to learn an endurance sport then the team is for you!
The team is comprised of a lot of different members: male and female, ex-couch potatoes, ex-athletes, moms, dads, college students, retired members, those who are trying to lose weight, those trying to gain weight, some who race and some not interested in racing. The team is friendly, supportive, and inclusive to everyone so you should check us out!
From Afar Membership
We also have a "from afar" team membership for anyone not in the Joplin area or not planning to attend training groups but want to be a part of the club.
Why it’s Rufus herself: Ruth Sawkins, racer, race director, mom of 3, and ice cream eater. She has been racing triathlon since 2000. She always loves to meet new people!
"This was the first time I rode your event ride...Over the years I have participated in many rides...both charity and non-charity....I was blown away when I got to the finish and checked in and was given a finisher medal...I only have them from half-marathons...what a pleasant surprise!!!!" -Svitak Freedom Ride Participant
"It's the best course, most well-run and organized, and most fun triathlon in the area" Summer Roundup Triathlon Racer
"You are the best!!! extra-ordinary is all I can say....I will spread the word in NorthWest Arkansas that this is a MUST ride. I am so glad I signed up1! THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH!!-Svitak Freedom Ride Participant
"Everything is FANTASTIC! The course is great. Slip n' slide at the end is rad. Yummy food afterwards is awesome. Can't get better than this!" Summer Roundup Triathlon Racer
"Shout out to Ruth Sawkins and her Awesome Rufus Racing Team! Ruth taught me how to run AND ride a bike AND Seriously believe in myself!"-Cindy P. Kansas
"Nice finisher's medal, great people at the Undercliff water stop!! Just a fun time with a lot of friends and very well put together!! Very organized!"- Svitak Freedom Ride Participant
"Last year was fun......but, this new shake up is way better! It much more challenging! Great job!"- Charles B. Let's Get Awesome! participant