This year, the board has decided to conduct the elections differently from previous terms. We are taking nominations only for the offices of president and vice-president. Actually, only one election will be conducted from a pool of candidates nominated for the office of president. The top vote-earner will be named president, and the nominee earning the second-highest number of votes will be the vice-president. Once elected, those two officers will hand-pick people to serve as secretary, treasurer, and the other director-level positions required to manage the club’s functions.

All registered 2016 Sunrise members are invited to vote in the Sunrise Tri Club Election for Club President 2017-18. This election runs until December 5, 2016, 12:00 a.m. CST.

We are using an online election system to tabulate our votes. Ballots were emailed on November 21, 2016, 6:00 a.m. CST to registered 2016 Sunrise members. Each was assigned a unique voter key which can only be used to vote once; voting choices will remain anonymous. Do not forward this key as proxy voting is not permitted for this election. If you are a registered club member but did not receive a ballot via email, please contact Eric Sullivan at for a unique voter key.

Sunrise Tri Club President 2017-18

Chris Avery

avery-photo1Thank you for this opportunity to represent our wonderful club! I have lived in the area since 2012 as an active duty military member at Barksdale AFB with the good fortune of knowing I will be stationed here for at least the next two years. I have met many of you since my first River Cities Triathlon in 2012 and participated in many local and not-so-local races both with Sunrise and the US Military Endurance Sports Team. Both have allowed me to serve as the race director for the Barksdale AFB Half Marathon, the coordinator for the Try to Tri Series in 2015, and the bike course director for Shrineman 70.3 the past two years.

Triathlon has led me to many new friends, a healthier life, my wife of just over two years, and our twin daughters on the way. Much like Eric and his fellow officers have worked hard for the last two years, I want to keep growing the benefits for our local tri-community while continuing to make it a beginner friendly environment. Sunrise welcomed me with open arms 4 years ago, and I want to do the same for those looking to start in triathlon. I would like to see the beginner’s clinics again next year, leading into a beginner focused race at the Town South Pool. I would like this to build into the traditional Sunrise Tri Series, with a new host venue of the new YMCA. This would take advantage of a number of benefits, namely more bathroom facilities, smoother roads for the bike, and the Clyde Fant trail for the run. Lastly, I cannot applaud the club leadership enough for the success of the Shrineman 70.3 race, donating over 22 THOUSAND dollars to the Shriner’s Children Hospitals over the last two years. I would work to continue to build this marvelous event into the cornerstone event for the USAT South Midwest Region.

I have had the wonderful opportunity to gain so much from the sport of Triathlon and Sunrise and I look forward to this opportunity to give back to the club!

-Chris Avery

Dozer Reed

dozer_pic_1First, allow me to say what an honor it is just to be nominated. This club has meant so much to my recovery and the recovery of other warriors in our community. I cannot say thank you enough for what the club has done nor what it means to me.

With that, most of you know me or have seen me at races. What many of you do not know is that I was injured in Iraq on January 29th 2005. I broke my back and damaged my spinal cord in multiple places. Just walking was a struggle. Then I became a Peer Mentor with the Wounded Warrior Project and found hope. I began to cycle and eventually, was able to run again.

I was encouraged to attempt a triathlon and like most of us was immediately addicted. It wasn’t to the competition or Rusty’s amazing jambalaya, but to the comradery surrounding this amazing Sunrise family. I was immediately embraced as a brother and made to feel welcome. That was something missing in my life after separation from my unit. Let the healing begin. Since then, I have participated in every sunrise race and witnessed firsthand how the club runs and what is required for smooth operation. I will use my experience from the sunrise races to continue our legacy as well as utilizing positive aspects from the other races I’ve been to continue our growth.

So, with that, let’s talk about the family. Our Club continues to grow and with that the positive impact we have on our community. As your leader, I will do my very best to be everything I can be for you guys. I am a fulltime volunteer with WWP, the Combat Vets Motorcycle Association, and Boy Scouts of America. I know the commitment that is necessary and I believe I have the time necessary. After all, there’s nothing we won’t do for family.

Last October, I became the 1st Para-triathlete to ever complete the Great Floridian Ultra Triathlon 140.6. Obstacles are just something that stands in the way between us and greatness. A positive attitude, perseverance, patience, and determination combined with the strength of the heart and human spirit will push us to new heights. I will strive to go beyond barriers, to encompass our community with the love and support we give each other.

Again, thank you for your consideration.

Dozer Reed
Peer Mentor
National Campaign Team
Wounded Warrior Project