Richard Elwell- Founder and Owner of Studio Revolution in Raleigh, NC. Richard debuted this year at the White Lake International Triathlon and will soldier onto Augusta for his first 70.3 He brings a road cycling background, huge strength, deep knowledge of biomechanics. At his studio in Raleigh, he specializes in functional strength training and speeding athlete recovery from workouts.
Sylvain Lefebvre- elite age grouper Sylvain Lefebvre joined TRIstacey in May of 201 and has been a dark-horse winner every since. He placed 2nd in the NCTS for men 25-29, 7th overall at Patriots half Ironman, 2nd in his age group at Stump Creeky International, and PR’d at every distance from 5k road race to half Ironman triathlon. His 2.26 age group win at Pinehurst Triathlon was a brilliant. Look for him in 2014 as he races Elite Amateur and takes top honors.
H. F. Mason- don’t call him Harvey! Gold Level Sponsor. This southern gentleman from Mississippi is a newbie stepping up to the 70.3 distance from a running and football past. Good thing he has great faith in both God and his coach! He turned in a 5:39 half at Panama 70.3 with a broken collarbone and minimal training!!! Welcome, HF.
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. He smashed his age group at Wrightsville Beach triathlon and PPD B2b Aquabike. Watch him blow by you on the bike. Then let him surprise you with his run! Off to St. Croix 70.3 in 2013.
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 Raleigh 70.3 2013 as her next personal record.
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. Swim fast for Bilal!
Bill and Cole Warren have returned as TRY IT athletes and Cole is an alum of 3 years. They do the “Du” circuit as well as local 5k’s. Call them cute and cuddly, but they are serious athletes!
George Marut- Extraordinary athlete with Iron-will and talent. George comes to triathlon from tai chi and ball sports, which still gives no reason for his marathon debut at 3:15. Off to Ironman Coeur D’Alene for George this year. We are thrilled to have such talent.
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 Reach.com, 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.
Alan McCleary- new to the roster for 2013, Alan adds dignity, smarts, and salt ’n peppa hair to our roster. A retired biochemist, he is a focused cyclist with eyes on Mountain Centuries in NC this spring.
Oscar Alvarez brings cuban fury and humor to us for 2013. His sights are set on Raleigh 70.3 and a host of races between now and then. A former elite golfer, he baffles us with his natural tri talent. He calls himself a newbie but now you know better.
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.
Kim and Penn Holderness join us for TRY IT Raleigh 70.3 as a busy couple with tri dreams, gorgeous children, and a wildly fun competitive spirit. They make beautiful videos as owners of Greenroom Communications. Penn is an anchorman on NBC 17 but he is much more than a pretty TV face!
Kari Obermeyer- Irongal and longtime triathlete setting her sights on IM Arizona 2013. She has been crushing her races this season and will surely do the same in November 2013!
Gary Trullinger- IronGary for the end of this season for his Arizona 2013 breakthrough day. . Gary brings huge talent hidden by his modesty and soft demeanor. But beware, this former Marine will run you down. He brought Sava Senior Care to us this year as a presenting sponsor and also the most generous in the history of TRIstacey coaching. Thank you, Gary!!!
Mark Sperry- TRY IT 70.3 Mark calls himself a newbie but watch him in action and you’ll see he is a natural. He races sprints to Half Ironman races, shows great talent in all three sports, and indulges us at TCBY with after workout treats. He is the owner of Chapel Hill TCBY and a coaching partner.
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 athelte, she won the Beaver Dam Triathlon overall in 2011, PR’d her 70.3 races, and raced her first Ironman race. 2013 will bring her back on the race scene. Consider yourself warned.
Maria Fister – Seasoned Galloway leader and walk/runner now turns towards competition. Her year includes running events, lots of fun local runs leading her Galloway run group, and a season finale of Augusta 70.3 Don’t feel bad, her Argentine style and pizazz make us all feel boring next to her.
Jenn Bauldree- mother of two, this newbie hit the podium for top age group honors in 2013 and will do her first Olympic distance race at Pinehurst. Look for her signature smile and wicked speed in all three disciplines.
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. In 2013 he joined TRY IT and posted an age group win at the FS aquabike as well as a podium finish at the FS Open Water Championship.