Ironhead Race Productions: Jack & Esther Weiss
Jack Weiss grew up in Brooklyn New York and is a professed Yankee fan to this day. He joined the Air Force in 1963. He served 24 years and retired as a Senior Mast Sergeant, an E8. While in the service he served both in the United States and several locations in Europe, primarily in the financial fields for the Air Force. While in the service he met and married Ester. They have a son, Norman, currently a Major in the Air Force. While in the service he was mostly a runner and cyclist. He did his first triathlon in 1980, the Heart of Dixie triathlon in Mississippi. He started to Race Direct multisport events for the Air Force in 1984. In 1993 Jack moved to Euless where he currently resides.
In 1993, Jack Wiess formed Ironhead Race Productions, which currently produces 23 events each year. He was selectedTriathlete Magazine's Race Director of the Year in 1993. He has served on the USAT South Midwest Region Board for 8 years and was president for 3 years. He served on the USAT national board from 1997 until 2005-8 years with 5 years as Treasurer. He was active in establishing the USAT Race Director Certification program and is currently the Chair of the Race Directors Commission.
Jack is also a Level 2 USAT Certified Coach. Jack was a 2011 Hall of Fame designate for the Runner &Triathlete magazine. Ester met and married Jack while they were both in Europe serving in the Air Force. Ester and Jack left the service and moved to San Angelo in 1987. Even though Ester was working full time, she became very involved in the management side of multisport helping Jack produce events.
Esther Weiss became active in officiating and she was instrumental in helping many new officials get started. Ester officiated her first event, Nemaha Ridge Triathlon in Edmund Oklahoma in may of 1993. She was a very active USAT Official having officiated 79 events in 15 years, including 4 lronman World Championships in Kona and the National Duathlon Championships in 1998. In March of 1997, she progressed upward in the officiating ranks to Category 1 which is the highest level. She was made the USAT/SMW Regional Coordinator of Officials and served in this capacity for 2 years 2000\-2002.
She was recognized for her many efforts in 1994 as as ‘Official of the Year" by USAT In 1996 she was recognized as "Distinguished Service in Officiating” by USAT.