Some people do triathlon.
Ruth lives it.
Having served as Co-Race Director for the 2013 TRIFEST for MS and Race Director for the 2015 TRIFEST for MS, Sawkins returns to the 2016 TRIFEST for MS as Race Director. 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, a 200+ member endurance team based in Joplin, Missouri, Sawkins worked as Webb City Youth Soccer League Director and at the YMCA as a Program Director in Carthage and Joplin, Missouri. She oversaw multiple programs including youth and adult sports, tournaments, fitness events, bike rides and 5ks. Sawkins is 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: cycling, running, triathlon, adventuring racing, and mountain biking. 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 17. She has participated in several triathlons, century bike rides, multiple half and full marathons, and some adventure racing.
USAT Level I Certified Coach
Road Race Management Race Director Certified
Experience managing events form 50-3000 participants
Trained USAT referee and coach
Producing and managing races since 2006
Endurance runner since 2000