Jenn competed in her first nationals’ race at the age of just 11 and has become a 5-time Junior National Champion and 7-time Junior All American triathlete, representing Team USA. After an injury sidelined her in 2014, she has set her 2015 goals to race well to qualify for her pro card, and get a podium finish at the 2015 ITU Aquathlon World Championships. Follow Jenn on twitter and instagram @howlandjenn.
Nick completed in his first triathlon in 2004 and like many other triathletes, was instantly hooked on the sport. Since then, he have competed in over 80 running races and 60 triathlons; including 4 Ironman’s, racing at the ITU World championships as part of Team USA in 2013, and most recently competing in the UltraMan World Championships in Kona, Hawaii in 2014 where he place 6th overall.
In 2007 Nick received his USA Triathlon Level 1 Coaching certificate in hopes of helping other triathletes achieve their race-related goals and has furthered that education with a USA Cycling Level 3 Certificate in 2008 and moving up to a USAT level 2 coach in 2011. Follow Nick on twitter @nlogantri.
Ashley Crossman, Ph.D. is a certified RRCA running coach and ACE personal trainer. She owns her own coaching business, She Runs Strong, and has been the running coach for two charity training teams in Phoenix, Arizona: the MS Rockstars (benefiting the Multiple Sclerosis Society) and SoleMates (benefiting Girls on the Run). Ashley has been running for over 15 years and has completed ten marathons, a dozen half-marathons and numerous smaller races. She has recently taken up triathlons and just completed her first half Ironman and first Ironman. Ashley is also a contributing writer to Active.com and sheknows.com.
Jack spent several years racing downhill MTB, reaching the US elite national circuit, but suffered a terrible injury at the U.S. National Championships.
After returning to the USA after professional MTB racing in Europe, he transitioned to triathlon in Austin, Texas. From there it has been a journey from the first sprint to competing in 8 Ironman races and winning quite a few races along the way. Jack is also coaches athletes who are serious about training and reaching their goals. In his nearly 20 year racing career, he was won over 50 races and competed in many national and world championship events. Follow Jack at http://www.cycle2tri.com
Holland finished her first triathlon in 2004 when she was only 6 years old at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. Her parents (Pamela and Allyn Smith) were very competitive triathletes and they both inspired Holland to live a healthy and active lifestyle at a young age.
Competing as an Age Group Elite triathlete in 2014, Smith competed against some of the top amateur elite athletes in the country; placing 6th at the Hy-Vee 5150 National Championships in the elite category. During the 2014 season, Holland competed in 10 triathlons and was victorious (placed top 3 overall) at nearly every race. She also qualified to compete for Team USA at the 2015 World Triathlon in Chicago. Follow Holland at http://www.hollandsmithtri.com
Nick began his pro triathlon career in 2013. Coming from a swimming background it was just a matter of learning to ride and run, and lots of hard work! With a few top-15 finishes in his first two seasons as a pro Nick is looking for a break-through year in 2015. Along with his training and racing he works hard to share his passion for the sport of triathlon with others through his coaching. Working as a USAT and USAC certified coach Nick coaches many levels of athletes and masters swim. Follow Nick on Twitter @piratenick and on Instagram @nickbrodnicki
Kristen Lawrence is an elite level marathoner from Virginia who competed as an elite in the Boston Marathon in April 2015. She hopes to qualify for the U.S. Olympic marathon trials in 2016 and next up on the calendar is the Philadelphia Marathon in the fall of 2015. Among her PRs are: 10K- 37:05, 13.1M- 1:20:08, 26.2M- 2:47:09. Follow Kristen on her website at www.kris-lawrence.com.
John is a age-group triathlete and USAT coach. Along with his wife, Tara, John blogs about everyday challenges, successes and pitfalls pertaining to training and family at FamilySportLife.net. John has transformed his life over the last decade, losing over 70 pounds and becoming a highly competitive triathlete, typically finishing in the top 10% overall. An engineer by trade, John takes a very analytic approach to training and fitness. Notable in 2014, John competed in American-Zofingen, Ironman Lake Placid and the NYC Marathon. Follow John on his blog: http://www.familysportlife.net
Mother of 4 children, Sara is equally passionate about training and racing as she is her family, it helps her to be a better mom and wife. Sara has qualified for the Boston Marathon 5 times and run 20 marathons, including 2 marathons in just one weekend in 2014. Sara also qualified at the Long Course Nationals in Grand Rapids in 2014 for the U.S. AG National team competing in Germany in 2015. Follow Sara on instagram @randosa6 or her blog http://runr3.blogspot.com
Travis began his journey into endurance sports by participating in Tough Mudder races. He competed in the 24 hour World’s Toughest Mudder, which left him wanting more. In his just his first season of triathlon racing, Travis finished second in his AG at Prairieman Half-Ironman. He has his goals set on a pro card in coming years. You can follow Travis on twitter or instagram @travisvancetri or his FB @travisvanceracing
Lauren began training in 2009, and now competes in triathlon, ultramarathon, and participates in other fitness activities such as yoga, barre, and boot camp classes whenever she can. She has completed three 50Ks, 11 marathons, around 30 half marathons, nine triathlons (Olympic and Sprint distance), and dozens of other races. She completed her first Half Ironman70.3 Raleigh in 2014. You can follow Lauren on Twitter or instagram @mostlyirun or her blog www://mostlyirun.com