The GCU coed triathlon club team is brand new this year to the club roster! What do we do? We challenge, inspire and progress together so that we gain the ability to both complete and compete in triathlons and duathlons of every distance throughout Arizona and the nation.
Why triathlon? This one sport, containing three events – swim, bike, run – will test your mind, body and heart to a completely unique level. Students seek this sport because at its core, it challenges you to become your best. You can go all in and decide to chase the podium, but it’s equally admirable to set your goal of learning the sport and completing your first-ever sprint triathlon. Regardless of where you are at, when you cross that finish line knowing you’ve laid down your very best effort, you create experience and momentum that can be translated to how you approach every other area of life – with determination, positivity, and a purpose to make each moment count.
So what are we about? We race fast and we live the values of servant leadership, empowering teammates, and becoming our best. Lopes Up!
Ignite the Fork Sprint Triathlon
San Diego, CA
YMCA Sprint Triathlon
Havasu Sprint Triathlon (Collegiate Conference Regional Championship)
Lake Havasu, AZ
Bartlett Sprint Triathlon
Rio Verde, AZ
USAT Collegiate National Championships
USAT Collegiate National Championships
Cactus Man Sprint Triathlon
Malcolm McGuire begins his first season as head coach of Grand Canyon University Triathlon in 2017. He joins GCU as a USAT Level 1 Endurance Coach, HSA Nutrition Therapist, and B.S. Business Administration. His focus? Developing GCU Triathlon into a major player that can compete on both the local and national circuits!
His purpose for GCU Triathlon is to guide student-athletes; teaching them to balance the demands of student life while serving as community catalysts that serve others and become their best through a foundation of quality training and nutrition.
Since starting his coaching career in 2014, McGuire has led 150 students and athletes to their best performances which include a 3rd place men’s podium at 2017 USAT Collegiate National Championship, 60 first time finishes in every distance of endurance racing, 1 duathlon win, 1 olympic triathlon win, 1 Spartan Ultra Beast sub 9 hour finish, 2 Ironman sub 11 hour finishes, 6 Ironman finishes, 28 top 3 age group finishes, and 12 top ten overall finishes.
McGuire himself is a triathlete, 2 time Ironman and 3 time USAT All American currently training under a California based professional development program to race Ironman at the elite level. He brings this value of experience and advanced knowledge in endurance training, strength training, recovery, and nutrition to GCU Triathlon.
Jacob Windauer is a Grand Canyon University student who coaches and races for the GCU triathlon club team. The program is growing quickly and aims to be established as a ranked USA Triathlon team by the fall of 2018. The team holds a lot of promise with many open positions available.
Coach Windauer has raced successfully as a triathlete for the past six years in the Northwest and currently races for an Olympic Development triathlon team based in Rocklin, Calif. He wants the GCU triathlon team to have an atmosphere that provides an opportunity for triathletes to reach their goals in the sport. These goals can range from completing a race for the first time to reaching the podium at national competitions. He wants to build a platform for competitive triathlon racing and make GCU competitive in male and female college divisions. His primary goal is to grow GCU athletes as individuals through a sport rooted in integrity and mental and physical toughness.
Coach Windauer is studying biology with an emphasis in pre-medicine and will graduate with honors in the spring of 2020. His twin brother, Nicholas, also races for the Olympic Development team and GCU’s triathlon team. Originally from Montana, Coach Windauer grew up playing soccer before transitioning to triathlon in 2013. His hometown’s small population of dedicated triathletes created a competitive atmosphere that developed his ability in the sport quickly. Since then, Coach Windauer has made podium at multiple Junior Elite and collegiate-level races, as well as several races in Arizona.