Team Langer

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About


About
Team Langer was created in 2018 by Nick Langer and his daughter, Ellery. Ellery is the inspiration of the team; Nick is just a means of transportation. Inspired by a father/son duo, Nick ventured into the sport of triathlon in 2000. When Ellery was born in 2012 and diagnosed with cerebral palsy, it was the same duo, Dick and Rick Hoyt, that inspired Nick to pursue Ellery's inclusion in similar events. Ellery participated in her first triathlon in 2016 at the Pardeeville Triathlon, thanks for the support of myTeam Triumph. After acquiring their own racing cart and equipment for Ellery (through the Hoyts), Team Langer was created. Their mission is to raise awareness of inclusion of people with disabilities, while at the same time helping other families affected by childhood disabilities by collecting funds through charitable events, sponsorships, and donations.

Our Story


Our Story
​​​​After a wrestling injury in college and getting out of shape, I found myself channel surfing in the summer of 2000 and was intrigued by the story of a father that pulled his son in a raft for 2.4 miles of swimming, biked 112 miles with him on an adapted bike, and ran a full marathon pushing him in a running cart on the island of Kailua Kona at the IRONMAN World Championships. I said to myself two things. First, if this man can accomplish this feat, surely I can get off the couch, get back into shape, and attempt my own Triathlon. And second, maybe someday, when I get married and have kids of my own, how cool would it be to cross the finish line of a triathlon with them.

That day I set out to lose weight, get back into shape, and began training. The following year, I completed my first triathlon, and continued to race the shorter sprint and olympic distance races. In the fall of 2002, I completed my first Ironman in Florida. I began to see improvements and even started having success, winning a few races along the way. I met my wife, Nicole, in 2004. In 2005, we traveled to Hawaii for the short distance World Championships (no, not the Ironman), and came back engaged. We married in the fall of 2006, and our son, Rowen, was born in 2009. Throughout all of this, I continued racing. At one of my first races after he was born, I was able to carry him across the finish line, just as I had hoped to someday do. It was Father's Day! And I won! Life was great.

After Ellery was born, things slowed down a little bit as we adjusted to our new life. Life wasn't so great anymore, as our lives were inundated with doctor appointments, therapies, dealing with insurance, and the added weight of what life will not be like in the future. It wasn't until I was reminded of the original inspiration of why I started the sport of triathlon in the first place that I realize there was some good that could come from the situation we were in. I pushed through and continued racing.

Regardless of the fact we were expecting our third child, Avery, in the spring of 2015 Nicole convinced me to pursue my passion and attempt another Ironman. It had been 13 years since my last race at the distance. Having 3 kids, all under the age of 5, made the task of training and racing a difficult one. Add in fact one of the kids has special needs and another was less than 6 months old made it even more . . . fun. Crossing the finish line at the Ironman Wisconsin in 2015 was more than an accomplishment for me. It was an accomplishment for our family. A friend captured a candid moment between my wife and me immediately after the race, while she had all three kids in tow, with a caption, "THEY did it."

Shortly after, a friend pointed me in the direction of myTeam Triumph. Their mission is to enrich the well-being of individuals with diverse abilities and foster lifelong relationships through community athletics. Through them, Ellery and I were able to participate in our first triathlon together in the summer of 2016, where I was able to pull her in a raft and cart, and push her on the run. The smile on her face as we crossed the finish line together had me hooked. From that moment I knew I wanted to make this more of a regular occurrence not only for Ellery, myself, and our family, but to help others in similar situations. This was the birth of Team Langer.

Someday Team Langer will participate in an Ironman. Unfortunately all participants are required to be 18 years old, so for now, that will have to wait. But we have plenty of time to prepare for that and participate in the shorter distances and work our way up to that. Keep an eye out for Team Langer at upcoming races. Our goal is to include Ellery in events, just like the rest of her family. But we also hope to inspire other people, while at the same time help families like ours where help is needed.

Team Members


ELLERY LANGER

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NICK LANGER (DAD)

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Events


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Team Langer Fundraiser hosted by East Madison Toyota

Join us Sunday, April 7th, from 2 - 6 PM at Full Mile Beer Co. & Kitchen in Sun Prairie for a social gathering fundraiser. Money raised will be used to assist families in the local area impacted by childhood disabilities. Get to know about Team Langer. We will have raffle prizes you can purchase tickets for. Details on specific prizes to follow, but will include items donated by several local sponsors (Saris, East Madison Toyota, Trek Bicycle Madison East, Indulge Spa, and others). Full Mile Beer Co. and Kitchen will also be donating a percentage from total sales of food and beverages for the afternoon. Come for some great food and drinks, enter to win some prizes, have a great time, and help families in need.


  • Date: 4/7/2019 02:00 PM
  • Location: Full Mile Beer Co. & Kitchen (Map)

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Equipment


ATHENA

Bike/Running Cart

“Goddess of many things, including wisdom, courage, strength, and inspiration.”

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KRONOS

Racing Bike

“The King of the Titans and the god of time.”

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2019 Race Schedule


2019 Race Schedule
May 5th - J-Hawk Earlybird Triathlon
● Whitewater, WI

June 2nd - Lake Mills Triathlon
● Lake Mills, WI

June 9th - Ironman Wisconsin 70.3
● Madison, WI

July 6th - Pardeeville Triathlon
● Nick and Ellery
● Pardeeville, WI

September 8th - Ironman Wisconsin
● Madison, WI

2018 Race Results


J-Hawk Earlybird Triathlon   May 4th

J-Hawk Earlybird Triathlon May 4th

1000 yd swim/26 mile bike/10k run.

2:00:07

2nd Overall, 1st place in M35-39



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Lake Mills Triathlon - June 5th

Lake Mills Triathlon - June 5th

400m swim/16 mi bike/5k run

1:04:21 

9th Overall, 3rd place M35-39

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Ironman Wisconsin 70.3

Ironman Wisconsin 70.3

1.2 mi swim/56 mi bike/13.1 mi run

4:31:09

11th Overall,  3rd M35-39

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Pardeeville Triathlon

Pardeeville Triathlon

1/4 mi swim/15 mi bike/5k run

1:20:58

146th/147th Overall

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Tri-Ing 4 Children Triathlon

Tri-Ing 4 Children Triathlon

1.5k swim/40k bike/10k run

2:02:17

7th Overall, 3rd M35-39

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Ironman Arizona 70.3

Ironman Arizona 70.3

1.2 mi swim/56 mi bike/ 13.1 mi run

4:35:13

13th Overall, 4th M35-39

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Contact


  • PO Box 253 Windsor, WI 53598-0253