About | Rufus Racing

Rufus Racing


Founded in January 2009

Rufus Racing, LLC is based in Joplin, MO and is an endurance sports event management company that produces high quality events in the fours state area. All events are associated with corresponding national governing body (USA Triathlon, USA Cycling, USA Track and Field, US Adventure Racing Association). This insures a safe and quality race and also gives participants an opportunity to be ranked on a national level against other age group amateurs.
Rufus Racing also is home to an endurance sports racing team: triathlon, running, cycling, and other endurance sport events. Team membership is around 200 athletes. 

About The Owner/Founder: Ruth Sawkins

Where did the name Rufus Racing come from? Rufus has been Ruth's nickname since college (however when she is coaching the team prefer to call her Ruthless) so when you meet her feel free to use one of her "other" names.

Sawkins is a graduate of Missouri Southern State University with a degree in Health Promotion/ Wellness and a minor in management. Before starting Rufus Racing, Sawkins worked as Webb City Youth Soccer League Director and at the YMCA as a Program Director in Carthage and Joplin. She oversaw multiple programs including youth & adult sports, tournaments, fitness events, and bike rides/5ks. Sawkins has experience as an ACSM (American College of Sports Medicine) certified personal trainer, USA Triathlon level one certified coach, and USA Triathlon Race Director.

Ruth’s main passion is to introduce people to endurance sports. She knows anyone can be an endurance athlete and loves helping people realize that and reach their goals. Sawkins herself is an avid endurance sports athlete, racing since 2001. She has participated in several triathlons including the 2016 Long Course World Championship and Ironman Louisville, century bike rides, multiple half and full marathons, and some adventure racing.

If you see her at a race, come introduce yourself. She always likes to meet her athletes.

Sawkins’ guarantee to you when you participate with Rufus Racing:

  • Participant first mentality
  • A fun experience, not just a race
  • A well marked safe course
  • Good swag!
  • High Return on investment (ROI)
  • Training so that ANYONE can participate and finish an event

"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