Tony is a father, husband, avid runner, pediatric neurosurgeon and the CEO of OSF Neuroscience Service Line and the IL Neurological Institute. As a former collegiate athlete and lifetime runner he was drawn to the challenge of the ultra marathon 6 years ago. He prefers the 30, 50 and 100 mile race distances. Tony says, “I’m fascinated by what makes people tick and how they tolerate adversity. Running ultras is truly a spiritual experience. It’s about finishing the race – not the time. Running keeps me grounded. It makes me a better husband, father, friend, neurosurgeon and person.”
Loree not only makes a big impact at the Ironman distance; two ag wins in her last two IM's and two qualifications for the IM World Championships but even closer to her heart is the important work her organization the Heart & Hope Foundation does. This retired dentist was also named 2016 Washington State Citizen of the Year. We could go on and on but suffice to say she's one of the speediest, kindest women around. Loree's currently training for the 2017 IMWC in Kona in October.
Natasha is a mother, wife, chiropractor and ART practitioner and triathlete. She brings her passion and energy to all aspects of her life and loves racing because it gives her a goal to work towards. Tash enjoys the quick intensity of the sprint distance and is excited to race her first 70.3 in 2017. While training for a longer event, she aspires to continue to find balance in life, sport and work, stay injury free and most importantly have fun. Her favorite race is the Wasa Lake sprint in BC where she raced with her brother and beat him! Fortunately, it doesn't look like he holds a grudge (see bio pic).
Chris is a Wisconsin transplant lured out to the Northwest by Microsoft and has since planted roots and taken advantage of the northwest weather that’s conducive to year round training (usually!). He leans toward distance events and is building up to hit the start line at IMCDA fit, healthy and ready to go. Fun fact: Chris comes to this sport naturally; his mother has done IM Wisco twice and qualified for 2017 IM World Champs in October!
Susan is a married mom of two teens and has always been active. She's long been known as one of the top distance runners in the state (two Olympic trials under her belt!) but a little known fact is that she was a ferocious swimmer through high school. She decided to give triathlon a go a few years ago as a way to cross train and as a surprise to no one (except perhaps herself) found her place atop the podiums quickly. She’s focused when training and racing but off the course she has a passion for good coffee, IPA’s and a rousing game of dominoes. She’s got several races on the calendar in prep for 70.3 World Champs in Chattanooga.
Rhonda is a wife and mother of three who loves to spend time with her awesome family, run a lot, travel the world (recent trip to Antarctica anyone?), read and listen to NPR and podcasts. She’s run 14 marathons, including Boston 7 times and the Comrades Ultra. She aspires to run all six world marathon majors. Rhonda says, “I love varied workouts and a methodical approach to getting to the start line prepared, healthy and rested. I’m looking for longevity so I want to train smart and stay strong with less injuries.”
Joel is a husband, licensed psychologist, runner and dog lover. Originally from NYC, he loves his adopted hometown of Seattle (a runner’s playground) but you’ll never find him rooting against the Giants or Yankees. Joel is logging miles (and miles), getting strong and staying healthy in prep for a marathon later this year.
Alycia is a 28 year-old professional triathlete and is pursuing her Doctorate Nurse Practitioner degree while residing in Salt Lake City, UT. She started competing as a professional triathlete in 2016, accomplishing several podiums along the way including one national title. In addition, she was named USAT’s 2016 Elite Duathlete of the Year. Alycia has big goals for 2017 with a busy race schedule mixed in amongst her school responsibilities. Alycia meets every challenge head on and takes the steps necessary to succeed.
Delwen charges full steam into most things in life. Her reputation as a hard worker is well earned and while she’s methodical about her training she’s equally up to keeping things light and fun. She’s a fantastic runner and peppers the year with 5k’s to keep those fast twitch muscles twitching while focusing on the next 70.3. She had a strong 2016 and looks forward to the challenges of 2017.
Owen is a Family Medicine Resident who is passionate about public health, community health and wellness. He’s also passionate about his wife Lexi and training and racing to his fullest potential. Needless to say his life can get a little crazy and sleep is an almost constant goal. Despite this, he’s managed repeated podium and overall top 3 finishes at some of the most competitive 70.3’s around. He grew up swimming, can hammer the bike with the best and posts a 2:32:18 best marathon. He’s got 70.3’s on the schedule for 2017 all in prep for a strong performance at 70.3 World Champs in Chattanooga in September.
Shelagh is a former collegiate volleyball player who traded in the round white ball for a cool new bike, wetsuit and running shoes. She discovered triathlon as an outlet to balance the stress of a demanding job and hasn’t looked back. She did her first 70.3 in 2016 and has a couple on the calendar for 2017. Shelagh admits that it can be a puzzle to fit smart training into a busy life/work schedule but through dedication and a customized plan she’s seeing improvement and above all else having fun. “It’s all about figuring out how hard you can push yourself. I like to think that limit is always a little bit higher than it was yesterday.”
Lauren is a Boston transplant living and loving in Seattle with her husband (bonus: also a runner!), and two rescue dogs, Molly and Zoe. An avid runner since college, she’s competed in many marathons including the Olympic Trials and appreciates challenging herself, while feeling strong and having fun. As she gears up for a possible fall marathon her goals are to run consistently, remain healthy, all the while having fun. Her favorite race is the Boston Marathon!
Blake lives and works on the Eastside of Seattle and is very busy as a real estate agent in the red hot housing market of the region. He approached Hallie in early 2015 with the dream of completing an Ironman not only for himself but to honor a dear friend. In 2016, he successfully crossed the finish line at IM Cozumel. He's staying active and fit in 2017 and looks forward to racing in the next year.
Kyle is a naturally gifted runner living on the Eastside with his wife and two young kids. He’s a 2-time IM finisher, has multiple 70.3’s under his belt and qualified for Boston with a speedy 2:57 marathon last July, 5 weeks after crossing the line at CDA 70.3. Kyle's focused on running roads and trails in 2017 and maybe, just maybe, trying a cyclocross race in the fall.
Robert is a father and husband as well as a hard charging business executive with a serious tennis game. If that's not enough he's also a talented duathlete with the ultimate goal of competing in a 70.3 in the next couple of years. He’s got a lot of plates in the air at all times but always manages to get his training in whether it’s in Seattle or far off places while he’s traveling.
Sara is an engineer, dog lover (Bailey!!) and proud Univ of Michigan alum (Go Blue!). She sees the good in everyone and everything and always has a smile for her teammates. Sara has a heavy workload, is always on the go and found running and later triathlon helped to keep her focused and happy. She’s a proud IM finisher and is working towards a couple of 70.3’s this year.