This award was developed to recognize one club member picked by the banquet committee
with approval from the MMTC Board of Directors. This award can be presented to a past
or present club member or club sponsor. The awardee must have been active in the club,
supporting other members and representing and promoting MMTC and a healthy lifestyle
based in endurance sports and/or triathlon. This honor was first bestowed in 2009.
2013 - Mark Yost
Mark has been an inspiration to all of us. Not only is he a 3 time Kona finisher, he has
generously imparted his knowledge of the sport to all who asked and listened. He embodies
the sport of Triathlon. Mark joined MMTC in 2006. Eagleman 2006 was his first triathlon
ever and it was his first real involvement with Club. In the past 8 years with MMTC,
he has raced 10 full Ironman races, 12 half ironman races, and 13 Olympic distance races.
He has qualified and raced at Kona three times (2009, 2011 and 2013) and at the 70.3 Ironman World
Championships three times (2008, 2009 and 2010). He has had three podium finishes at the Lake Placid
Ironman and, at one time, had the fifth fastest AG time at Placid for the 50-54 AG. He has
been a USAT All American since 2009, ranking as high as 35th nationally and has been invited
to join Team USA for the 2014 ITU
Long course (70.3) world championships in China in September 2014. Mark has contributed to
the club mainly by helping people with their training plans or race execution/strategy. In
the past 3 years, He has drafted about 20 training plans for MMTC members. One of the Club
members he worked with ran a marathon PR this year and qualified for Boston for the first
time ever, at age 51. Mark was also the recipient of the Mentor of the Year in 2011.
2011 - Robert Vigorito
As written by Club President Dave Wheeler:
"My first encounter with this year's winner was in 2002 at my first triathlon, Make A Wish.
As I crossed the finish line, there he was with a smile and a handshake of congratulations.
My second encounter was in 2003 at one of my first club meetings. He talked for quite a
while, but I was mesmerized. His passion for the sport was intoxicating and I was on the
edge of my seat during the entire talk. Everyone there was fixated and asked lots of
questions afterwards. You could just tell there was something special about him. He has
made contributions to the sport from which we all benefit. Year after year, he makes
significant contributions to the club as a sponsor and motivates us all at the races he manages.
It is with pleasure and gratitude that I present this years winner Rob Vigorito, or as many of us know him Vigo."
2010 - Chip Warfel
Our 2010 inductee into the Mid Maryland Triathlon Club's Hall of Fame
was the Club Vice President from 2005 through 2006. He then became Club President in 2007,
serving through 2010. He had a vision to grow our club and partner with more
community sponsors. Through his efforts, the club grew to 500 members and we found
many more corporate sponsors to share our vision of promoting the sport. Our second
inductee into the MMTC Hall of Fame is Chip Warfel!
2009 - Sadj Bartolo
Our 2009 inductee into the Mid Maryland Triathlon Club's Hall of Fame has been a
club member since the beginning, serving the members of MMTC tirelessly
and without hesitation. She is always impressive with her enthusiasm and support of
others in our club. She has raced and won more age group awards then anyone else in
MMTC history. This triathlete raced her first Half Ironman in 2008 at Timberman and
her second last year at Augusta 70.3, setting a new age group record at the age of 68.
She has served on the MMTC BOD (most recently as president from 2004 through 2007) and
also served as lead volunteer coordinator of the MMTC mentoring program. Our first
inductee into the MMTC Hall of Fame is Sadj Bartolo!