TRIstacey Athletes

Emily Dean- Recent UNC grad Emily Dean lowers the median age of our stellar roster and shows us all that the future of the sport is with the “kids.”   Emily will race local Sprints, Olympics, and her first 70.3 this year as part of the roster.  Don’t let her charm fool you before she rips off your legs on the race course.

Dayna York- Certified former mermaid and collegiate swimmer, Dayna joins us in 2014 for her first Iron journey to Ironman Chattanooga.   Expect to see her shine along the way at Raleigh  70.3 and a few tune up events.   For the sake of us all, we hope her enthusiasm and willingness to improve are contagious!

Stuart Brooks- Former Wrestler and new try guy, Stuart comes to the roster in 2014 with big goals for Raleigh 70.3  Last year he debuted at the half distance and this year he prepares to excel at the Olympic Distance and a full fall marathon.   He is most notable for his tireless smile and great bartending!

Jon Armstrong- Jon “boyscout” Armstrong returns to the roster as he trains for the Umstead 100 mile race in 2014.  Jon brings a long history of triathlon training and racing to his game as he returns to Ultra running and Raleigh 70.3 for this season.

Coleman Whittier- TRIstacey business sponsor  and former collegiate gymnast, Coleman returns to structured triathlon training for 2014 after knee surgery.  Look for Coleman’s spring-time return to racing in local Sprints and Olympic-distance races.  Coleman was our 2013 top fundraiser for the Tour de Cure and champions the cause of Diabetes type I and II at every turn.  THank you, Coleman!

Marian Bergdolt- former Collegiate 5k runner, gymnast, bike racer, swimmer and über athlete.   No doubt that  Ramblin Rose Series won’t want her back after  this year.  She won it handily!  Look for her A game at 70.3 Raleigh.

Gene Caffrey- Gene is a seasoned Ironman athlete and champion of defying Multiple Sclerosis.  He races to honor all patients suffering from MS and to wisely challenge his body on the race course.  Gene brings a background in many sports, competitive power lifting, and track running.  For every day he races and trains with MS, Gene champions the cause and feels he has already won the race in many ways before even toeing the start line.

Bess Andrew- Bess is on her way to her first full Ironman at PPD B2B.  She is a local triathlon coach in Wilmington NC and was born to motivate others.  Look for her to shine on race day and blind you with her determination.

Tim Wilson- He’s not just a great accent!  New British triathlete Tim is a super cyclist turned triathlete.   2012 marked his first open water race and it seems he’s hooked.  Watch him blow by you on the bike. Then let him surprise you with his run!

Jenn Mayfield- Jenn comes to the roster from a strong swimming and water polo background.  Her sweet nature may fool you but her strong swimming and open water skills are no joke.  Jenn competes at every distance from sprint to full Iron-distance race and has PR’d at all distances since joining the roster.  Look for her mermaid debut in the 5 mile St Croix Open Water swim, October 2014!

Bilal Saib- Irondentist and 2012 Ironman Florida finisher.  If you ask him nicely, he will make you Turkish date balls, but count on a toothbrush with those treats!   Bilal brings strong talent from tae kwon do and gymnastics.   We welcome him as a Silver Sponsor this year and bear his logo on our swim caps and bike jerseys. Swim fast for Bilal!

Mark Luckinbill- aka, Lucky.  Lucky is a low 3+ hr  marathoner with sub 10 Ironman on the mind.  You know him as a founder of Race, board member of Inside Out Triathlon Team, and standout of local rides, both mountain and flat.   He makes start ups and parenting three kids look easy as he stays Ironfit all year long.  Look out for him.

Jessica Henry-  Mother of 3 and survivor of a horrific 2012 bike crash,  Jess joins us for a rebuild year.  She will tackle sprints, olympics and perhaps a 70.3.   She has the build to intimidate, the talent to match, and now the smart training to execute.

Caroline Kratz-  Caroline returns to tri’s after the birth of her 5th child.  This former World Cup rower will over power you in all three sports, tower over you with her 6 feet of greatness, and offer up a gentle smile and some modest comment.  As a TRIstacey athlete, she won the Beaver Dam Triathlon overall in 2011a and 2013, PR’d her 70.3 races, and raced her first Ironman race.  2014 will bring her to Olympic Distance Triathlon Worlds, representing team USA!!!  Consider yourself warned.

Anthony Fleming- Pilot, busy dad, marathoner and Ironman.  He is still discovering his potential and will enjoy a toasty 2014 Ironman Texas!  Look for him at the Marine Corps Marathon this fall and watch him blast off into 2014 Ironman training.

Jenny Bradley- 2013 Gold Sponsor and former ball sports girl turned runner.  Jenny is a family mediator and lawyer and her practice supports TRIstacey Coaching with generous sponsorship.  Jenny continues to set PR’s at all running events and has set her sights on 13.1 at 2014 Rock n Roll Marathon.

Sara Nicholson-  Sara comes to our roster after her first Ironman as a finisher.  Be forewarned that in 2014 she’s out to compete.   Her background includes life as professional musician, mother of two, and life  happily married to her high school sweet heart.  Don’t be fooled by her kindness and gentle manner!

New gent in town Michael Wells joins us in November 2014.  You know him as President of the Inside Out Sports Triathlon Club. We know him as pure potential.   Look for him at Duathlon Worlds in Spain in 2014!

Kyle Habecker- Kyle brings huge talent in all three sports to both road and off-road triathlon racing. This year, he returns to the woods for X Terra racing where he can shine with his mad mountain biking skills and nimble trail running.   Kyle has a cool job at Performance Bikes, so chat him up about anything bikes before he drops you!

Cristina Butler- A true mix of sugar and steel, this soft-spoken military Mom brings great determination to her 70.3 training and longterm Iron-distance goals.   She brings a new face and a great outlook to the roster, showing us all the art of both leadership and trusting enough to follow a coach.

Ashley Low- super smart, dedicated high school runner for Trinity School, Ashley brings youth and dedication to the roster.   She has set her sights on 5k PR’s for the fall and this is the summer of making it happen.   Look for her to guest star at Godiva Track meets and local 5ks.   She will wow you with her beauty, impress you with her speed, and blind you with her finishing smile.

David Sonntag- David is living proof that power-lifting athletes CAN come to love multisport training and pain that lasts greater than 30 seconds.   David truly shows the best of both worlds with his new-found passion for swim, bike, run and the endurance lifestyle.   Look for him to star at the NYC triathlon, ride his road bike in the Blue Ridge Brutal, and explore other options come autumn.   David’s panache inspires us all  to abandon our tri-slob style habits!