Don has been a competitive runner since high school and has completed 35 marathons to date – including 13 Boston Marathons with Top 200 finishes in 2005 & 2007. Completing a Full Ironman at Age 50 was on Don’s “bucket list”, so he started triathlon training in 2007. Since then, Don has completed two Full Ironman, nine Half Ironman & one Full Aquabike events. READ MORE [+]
Don joined KRVTC in 2010 while still living in Rhode Island and became a Wichita resident in early 2013. Don’s wife Debbie and two sons (Derek in Virginia & Damon in Illinois) are also dedicated runners. Debbie also started doing triathlons a few years ago and has completed two sprint triathlons to date.
I got my start in triathlon in November 2012 at an indoor “super sprint” triathlon at the local YMCA. I enjoyed running, biking, and swimming just to stay in shape but had never competed. After seeing a flyer at the Y I decided to sign up. Since then I have competed in numerous super sprint, sprint, olympic, and three half distance triathlons, with the highlight of achieving 6th in my age group at the 2015 USAT Long Course Nationals at Redman.READ MORE [+]
In the next couple years I’d like to continue improving my swim and to adventure into some bike racing (gravel, time trial, or criterium).
I have been a KRVTC member since 2013 and have thoroughly enjoyed it. I am excited to help new triathletes. I remember how intimidated I was when I started and how many things I’ve learned since. I am also looking forward to helping promote triathlon around the Wichita area.
Rachel learned to swim in December 2010 so she could start doing more than 1/2 marathons, without running a full marathon. She completed her first 5150 in May 2011 and her first 1/2 Iron Man in September of 2011. She’s been racing ever since. READ MORE [+].
Rachel completed New Orleans 1/2 iron man in 2014, and several Sprint and Olympic distance triathlons, including USAT Nationals in Milwaukee in 2014. In addition to triathlons, Rachel is a wife, a mother, a supervisor of substation crews in the electric utility industry, volunteers with special needs children at New Spring and coaches a USAVB 16’s club volleyball team.
I have been an endurance athlete for almost 40 years, running my first marathon in 1977 at the KU Relays. I completed 5 marathons and have a PR of 2:47:19 from the Wichita Marathon in the early 1908’s. In 1981 a friend talked me into competing in the Topeka Tinman Triathlon.READ MORE [+]
With very little swim training and riding a Touring bike, I completed the race in 1 hour 57 min. The following year I took an additional 4 minutes off that time. Over the years, running took a toll on my knees and I had to find a different endurance event. That is when I began racing bicycles. I have been racing bicycles for 22 years, having competed in Road Races, Multiday Stage Races, Mountain Bike races and now my current passion; Gravel races. In 2004 I began hearing about Aquabike (swim/bike) racing in half- and full-Iron distance races. Having been a childhood age group swimmer, I began competing in the half-Iron and full-Iron distance aquabikes; attaining a podium finish or win at every race. I look forward to sharing my endurance experiences with KRV Tri Club members.
Kathy Chambers & Sam OwensRace Coordinators
Kathy: I started running in 2011, and gradually worked my way from 5k’s to marathons. I have dabbled in triathlons, but my heart belongs to running and as such when it comes to triathlons, I generally end up as the running leg of half ironman relays rather than competing solo. I’ve been a member of the KSRVTC for two years and absolutely love the support and encouragement of the athletes and their families. I’m looking forward to serving the club as an officer and continuing to grow our club!
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I started competing in triathlons in 2007. I have competed at every distance but probably prefer the full Ironman distance races. To date I have completed IM New Zealand, IM Brazil, IM Arizona and IM Barcelona.READ MORE [+]
I co-own T3 Triathlon where I coach athletes at all levels. You can find us at T3TriathlonCoach.com if you are interested in on line or group training.
I have been married to my wonderful husband Carl (an amateur triathlon photographer) for 25 years and have an awesome training partner in Lilly, our 8 year old standard poodle.
I joined KRVTC several years ago and am thrilled to help grow triathlon in our area by serving on the board. Keep in tri-ing!
At cycle classes in 2007 I was introduced to the world of triathlon. The multi-sport people would get off their bikes halfway through class and go run (a brick) and I was extremely intrigued with that concept. So I started asking a lot of questions and began learning as much as I could about the sport. I was always amazed (in years past) when people could swim lap after lap and not be winded. READ MORE [+]
Triathlon is a lifestyle; not just a race.
I’ve been a KRVTC member since 2008. This is an awesome club that is super supportive and welcoming to all people. I am honored to help out as the marketing officer.
Alan FarringtonWeb Guy (non-officer)
Alan got off the couch and into Triathlon in 2005. He has been involved with the club since 2006, serving as President (4 years), Race Coordinator (2 years), Treasurer (1 year), and Secretary (1 year). He has also served as Mudwater Race Director for 9 years READ MORE [+]