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 my nickname since college (however when I'm coaching the team prefers to call me Ruthless) so when we get to meet feel free to use one of my "other" names.

My background- I'm a graduate of Missouri Southern State University with a degree in Health Promotion/ Wellness and a minor in management. I started racing triathlon as a junior in HS in 2000. I was 25 years old and a brand new mom when I started Rufus Racing. I remember sitting on the floor in our living room on the laptop and used some of my Christmas money to register my business and buy my DBA. That was January 11, 2009.

My main passion is to introduce people to endurance sports. I know you can do this and I'm here to help you!

I'd love to meet you! Come introduce yourself, send me an email, FB message me.

I guarantee when you come do a Rufus Racing event, you'll get my best every time! Happy 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