Tristar Athletes Northeast Team -Walter "gun show" Welsh - Walter has taken on some of the more challenging races in cycling across the country. From Fondo’s to tours, he has improved dramatically in just a few short seasons. Walter came out to our Oceanside race camp in 2019 and wasn’t satisfied with just any long ride, so he blazed his own trail to the top of Palomar Mountain. He wasn’t done there, he helped pull home the entire team on day three from San Diego to Oceanside!
Tristar Athletes Northeast Team -George “Crank arm” Ferris - I am originally from Australia. I came to the US with the objective of studying for two years and then working for two years and I’ve been here now for 26 years.
Tristar Athletes Southwest - Will "Draft Legal" Kampf - “ I look forward to every workout. Well, not every workout. Sessions on the bike trainer kind of hurt! I’m in a transition period of my life. Changing careers and putting my family first. Having a five and three year old has put a lot in perspective and requires a ton of work. It is making me a healthier person and allowing me to also get back into triathlon after a few years off
Tristar Athletes Northeast Team -Kurt "Young Jedi" Skalamera - “….Nothing cools me down like a jump in the ocean after a long run. Nothing hydrates me like an ice cold beer after a long ride. I dive into movies like I dive into the pool: full immersion! Recovery days are the best when I can binge a good show or host a movie marathon. NYC is my home and I love all that it offers for food, culture, art and - not least of all - training!”
Tristar Athletes Southeast Team - Samantha “first place” firstenberg - Hailing from out Southeast geography Sam has been a top consistent Tristar for the past two years. Learn more about her bio and goals.
Tristar Athletes Southwest - Nobuyuki “Yuki” Yukawa - “My first race was Xterra off-road triathlon @ Laguna Beach back in 2016. I started MTB 7 years before that and self-trained for a year and finally I made it. After that race, I came across a swimming group, SMOG, and got to know Cliff and now I'm racing 70.3 Ironman and training is part of my life.
Tristar Athletes Northwest Team - “ ….I have since done several triathlons, including one 70.3 and love the feeling of structure, accomplishment and seeing my friends achieve similar goals. Its a lifelong process and journey that I have embraced and realize that I'm only getting stronger as I get older.”
Tristar Athletes Northwest Team - Angela "ultra competitive" Kirkendall - “I am a mom to Cooper (6), married to Kent. I am a Critical Care Nurse working in the Cardiology Dept. at John Muir Hospital in Walnut Creek. I am ultra competitive person even though in triathlon I am a back of the packer. haha I have tried every sport under the sun as a child, and did well in most of them. Swimming is my happy place, and running is the death of me.”
Tristar Athletes Northeast Team - Bryan “BAM💥” Schleppy - fast, fearless and sporting a handlebar mustache.
Ryan is a top age grouper and top chef in the Los Angeles area. Recently Ryan opened a Plant Based restaurant in the Los Angeles area called Nics on Beverly. Competitive in the kitchen and out on courses!
Tristar Athletes Southwest Team - Chris “Big gains” Graves” - Chris is a husband and father with three teenage kids (aka he was a Tripple Ironman before he even raced one ; ) Learn more about this top level Tristar Athlete
Tristar Athletes Canada- Mathieu “PR” Huot - Mathieu joins the Tristar Team for his first season of racing in 2019 and is on a collision course with a PR at Maine 70.3.
Tristar Athletes Midwest Team - Zach “new mint” Millican - In his first season as a Tristar Athlete Zach Millican has been gaining speed, losing weight and going longer than ever before in a quest for new levels of fitness.
Tristar Athletes Southwest Team - Jonathan “Legend” Sumilang had a crazy idea to do an Ironman, that was three years ago and now? He’s working on his next PR…
Tristar Athletes Southwest Team - Jenn “smiles for miles” Geiger - is one of the most compassionate athletes on the Tristar Athletes team. Jenn also has one of the most “infectious” smiles while racing and training that must be the secret to her success in both triathlon and life!
Tristar Athletes Northeast Team - Eric “burning man” Burns - Already making major strides in his training and racing, you might think Eric has been racing endurance sports for a long time. In fact he is fairly new to the world of endurance sports and is showing great promise in just a few short years.
Tristar Athletes Canada- Marc “the doctor” Attheconer - Leads a double life of multisport and treating his patients at the ER in Canada. Marc is talented at all three disciplines and is one of our top AG performers on the middle distance to long course team.
Tristar Athletes International -Jose “Big Island” Alvarado - Is a top brass Triathlete who this year qualified for the 70.3 Half Ironman World Championships in NICE at the Costa Rica 70.3. Jose has also raced the Ironman World Championships in Hawaii and is no stranger to going fast against the worlds bests.
Tristar Athletes Canada- Sebastien is one of the most accomplished endurance athletes on this planet. In 2012 he successfully climbed Mount Everest and in 2014 he ran across Canada. No slouch on the triathlon circuit, Sebastien has had several low 10hr Ironman races and is a top age group contender…