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September 26, 2007                                                                                                                 



                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Indianapolis-Based Athletes Aid a “Wounded Warrior”


Local multisports community help wounded soldier get back on his feet 

INDIANAPOLIS – Circle City Multi-Sports Club (CCMC) – a not-for-profit organization based out of Indianapolis that is dedicated to promoting friendship and fitness through the sports of triathlon, duathlon and adventure racing – along with Roark Custom Titanium Bicycles and A-1 Cyclery, have joined forces with USA Triathlon (USAT) to donate a bike and wind trainer for a severely wounded soldier stationed in Iraq.

Thomas Nagel, president of CCMC received an e-mail early this month from USAT Mideast Region president Mark Lulling, asking for a donation of a bike and wind trainer for First Sergeant Chris Self, a member of the 1st Battalion, 5th Special Forces Group in Fort Campbell, Ky. Nagel immediately sent an e-mail to Kevin Smeltzer and Chris Wiggins, two of his good friends and sponsors of the CCMC, looking for help. Smeltzer, program director for Roark Custom Titanium Bicycles in Brownsburg, Ind., and Wiggins, owner of A-1 Cyclery in Indianapolis, Ind., responded to Nagel’s e-mail almost simultaneously. Smeltzer offered to donate his own bike and Wiggins said he would supply the wind trainer. Self had been severely wounded during his first tour of duty in Iraq, eventually loosing his right leg below the knee due to injuries that he suffered in a firefight on Dec. 28, 2005. Despite being fitted for a prosthetic leg shortly after the amputation in July of 2006, Self was recently re-deployed to Iraq for his second tour of duty. Before being deployed, Self contacted the Nebraska non-profit organization Wounded Warriors because he had taken up multisport and wanted to stay in shape during his deployment. Unfortunately, he lacked the proper bike and trainer to bring with him. Wounded Warriors, whose mission is to provide support to the families of those who have been wounded, injured or killed during combat operations, contacted USAT Southeastern region president Matt Bonvicin asking for help. Bonvicin, in turn, contacted Lulling. After advising Lulling that CCMC could arrange for both items, Nagel helped coordinate the timing and logistics of getting the items ready.

“The goal of Circle City Multi-Sports is to enable those with different athletic capabilities the chance to participate in multisport,” Nagel said. “Given Chris’s story, and the fact that he’s sacrificing his life by going back to Iraq for a second time, we’re more than happy to do whatever we can to help him train while he’s overseas.”

Jim Zoellner, director of operations for Roark, also assisted in the group’s effort to aide Self. Upon hearing about the project, Zoellner informed Smeltzer about a titanium frame that had recently been returned to the shop and could be used instead of Smeltzer having to give up his own bike. The Roark team retrofitted the frame with some very nice componetry and had it delivered to Nagel.

Nagel, whose regular job is as the vice president of sales and marketing for Vitran Express, a regional freight hauling company based out of Indianapolis, made the arrangements to have the items shipped directly to Ft. Campbell. Self received his bike and trainer before being deployed, and now has the items with him in Iraq.

Lulling commented that he was blown away by the response he got from his fellow USAT members. “I guess I never realized just how wonderful a community of athletes I am privileged to be around,” Lulling said. “This has started a new movement within our organization to reach out to these amazing warriors and I’m so thrilled at being able to help them continue with the multisport lifestyle.”

The mission of the Circle City Multi-Sport Club, a 501(c)(3) organization based out of Indianapolis, Ind. and affiliated with USAT/Mideast Region, is to promote friendship and fitness through the sports of triathlon, duathlon and adventure racing.  The club provides information, motivation, training support and social activities for athletes of all ages and abilities. For more information, log on to or contact Thomas Nagel at (317) 213-2940.





















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