OCALA, FL (March 14, 2013) - Dirk Bockel of Luxembourg powered to a victory in the HITS Half in Naples, FL in early January and recently set his sights on making an appearance at the HITS Ocala event March 23-24. Next weekend, Bockel will test his luck again in the Half distance race alongside over 400 like-minded athletes.
With four top-ten finishes at the Ironman World Championships in Kailua-Kona, HI and an appearance in the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing under his belt, Bockel, 36, is ranked third in the world this year and posted a final time of 3:50:40 in Naples. This season HITS offered two "home-town" races for Bockel, a resident of neighboring St. Augustine, and after dominating in Naples, he has high hopes for HITS Ocala.
Bockel expressed a personal interest in delivering the sport of triathlon to the masses and was instantly hooked on both the race experience and the "a distance for everyone!"™ mantra adopted by HITS Triathlon Series.
"Naples was my first time racing with HITS and I hoped it wouldn't be my last," he said. "This series is going to be a major competitor - it's a great system that brings triathlon to the people and welcomes a mix of both professionals and beginners. That's pretty unique and something that we should build on."
HITS Triathlon Series will offer five distances in Ocala, including a Sprint, Olympic, Half, and Full as well as the popular HITS Open, and will welcome over 1,100 athletes to a weekend of racing. The event will continue to grow the sport of triathlon as athletes young and old who never thought a triathlon was in their future will race on the same courses as some of the sport's elite.
For more information on HITS Ocala, including 2012 results, course maps and more visit: HITSTriathlonSeries.com.
About HITS, Inc.
HITS, Inc. is a special events management company primarily focused on producing endurance sports events and hunter/jumper horse shows. Based in upstate New York in the village of Saugerties, HITS is dedicated to creating high-quality events in desirable destinations with unmatched, professional operations. For more information about the HITS Triathlon Series, please visit HitsTriathlonSeries.com.
Dirk Bockel celebrates his 70.3 win at HITS Naples in January 2013 - Photo by AL Larson Photography