ZOGGS AMBASSADORS 2019
A collection of influencers in and out of the water. Our ambassadors are respected individuals in the swimming and triathlon communities. They know the taste of victory, yearn for the excellent and know how to have fun.
Dan Van DrunenOttawa, ON Canada | Instagram
When a shoulder injury side-lined Dan from continuing to play competitive volleyball, he turned to running/triathlon to quench his competitive thirst. He describes his first three years in the sport very selfish and self-absorbed focusing on personal improvement. It wasn't until he realized how much he learned in the first three years of these new disciplines and how much of an impact he could have on others. This was when he started reaching out to others and making himself available through one-on-one coaching and guidance. His passion for helping and inspiring others led him to the Zoggs ambassador program where he is now even more connected with the swimming/triathlon community, and it's athletes. Dan's current goals have him focused on qualifying once again for the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championships which will be held in Australia in 2016.
San Jose, CA
Educating the minds of America’s youth, this 18 year veteran of triathlon has competed in over 50 triathlons along his journey. Russ is inspired by the individuals he meets at each event and the shared experiences they have. The teacher also finds a way to fit triathlon into his math curriculum, having his students calculate speed, distance and time. He finds that some students are inspired by the amount of time he spends training. However, there is always one student to ask “why can’t you go any faster?” Russ tries to compete in 3-4 events annually including one full-distance Ironman competition.
Favorite Goggles This Year: Podium Mirrored
Favorite Goggles This Year: Podium Mirrored
Pensacola, FL | Instagram
Currently an eleven-year-old sixth-grade student who is a member of the Pensacola Navy Youth (PNY) swim team and her middle school swim team. Kara enjoys swimming because it allows her to be a team player as well as complete individually. She was recognized as the second highest point earner on the PNY swim team last year. Kara is participating in the Arthritis National Research Foundation’s Swimming for a Cure. In addition to swimming, Kara loves to skimboard, surf, and paddleboard all of which she has perfected in the Gulf of Mexico. Her favorite subjects in school are math and history, and she is a first chair violinist in her school’s orchestra. Most importantly, Kara is a friendly and kind person who is a role model to others.
This certified USA Triathlon and USA Cycling coach served as a pastor for over 35 years and advocates a fusion of faith and fitness. As a triathlete for over 20 years, he enjoys that triathlon promotes a healthy lifestyle, likes that the sport has a challenging discipline, and it’s an opportunity to inspire and encourage others. Scott is a 9-time Ironman finisher, seven times 70.3 finisher, 2-time quintathlon finisher and more than 30 triathlon sprint distance finishes. Scott also serves on the USAT Rocky Mountain Region council for paratriathlon, is a home theater enthusiast and enjoys attending rock concerts and festivals.
Los Angeles, CA | WebsiteCurrently holding one of the managing positions with LA Tri Club, Deb is well known for the amount of energy she excerpts daily. This enthusiastic triathlete and aqua bike competitor has trained in triathlon for 2.5 years and now trains under Ian Murray. Deb considers herself a water baby; she enjoys spending time with her family and bonding with all members old and new of her Tri Club. She’s very much a team player and continuously lifts and encourages those around her to have fun.
Spring, TX | Facebook
"When you hear that the journey is just as important as the race this is why; there will be struggles. There will be days that are harder than you could imagine. There will be days that make you question everything you are doing." Jill Kuhn, a mother of four young boys, juggles the full-time career of motherhood alongside her intense training schedule. Not to mention, the new-to-tri athlete balances this all while living with Rheumatoid Arthritis. The ever-determined triathlete refuses to let this physical disability get in the way of doing what she loves. Jill is new to triathlon only one year in, but hopes to compete as much as five times in the year of 2016 and will continue increasing training in hopes to compete in her first Ironman 140.6 in 2017.
Elmhurst, NY | Instagram
Bryan Vivero is a second-year triathlete, competing in his first 140.6 in Ironman Maryland 2016. He grew up as a swimmer in the Philippines, winning various awards and competed through college in the US. His athletic ambitions brought him recently into cycling and shortly after into triathlons. His favorite race to date is the New York City Triathlon, being one of the city’s biggest events and his first hometown race. It draws the best athletes all over the world and naturally, it took the best of him to compete, placing 8th in his age group (AG) with the time of 2:22:14. He raves about the city’s electric crowd and camaraderie that fueled him to push past his limit. In the same year, he also won his age group in NY Triathlon, placed 4th AG in Escape the Cape, and finished in the top 5% AG in his first Half Ironman in Lake Tahoe. As a profession, Bryan is an accountant for a New York City real-estate developer. When he’s not training he doesn't stray too far away from the sport, as he’s actively involved with various fitness clubs in the city. In 2016, he will compete in three half Ironman races: Toughman Tupper Lake, Shoreman Tri, and Ironman 70.3 Timberman. To close the season, he will be looking forward to finishing his first full-distance Ironman in Maryland.
Glendora, CA | Facebook
Surviving a near-death experience in 1989 to Anorexia Nervosa, Suzy turned to triathlon in 1993 to turn her life around. The competitive and loving spirit she possesses has continued to push her through the sport, motivating her and providing her with the endurance she needs to compete. Her love for triathlon and the healthy lifestyle has influenced so many as she is now a certified scuba instructor, coaches a high school master swim program and is a race director. Suzy is currently the only woman in the world to compete in 15 consecutive ULTRAMAN Hawaiian world championships. She’s successfully finished 12, won her age group five times and unofficially finished three times.
Clarence Ctr, NY
Kevin is a self-coached 16 year veteran to triathlon. Starting as a non-swimming runner and former collegiate football player, he picked up Terry Laughlin’s "Total Immersion Swimming" and embraced the technique. Now, years later this previous collegiate offensive lineman has lost almost 100lbs since joining triathlon. Just last year he completed and placed second overall twice, and second in his age group twice. In 3 out of those four events, he’s finished within the top ten overall. Kevin enjoys his experiences in triathlon and hopes to compete in more events this calendar year.
Shelby Lanting is a work from home, stay at home mom, triathlete, marathoner and one heck of a cookie maker. After her mom passed away from breast cancer when she was young, Shelby committed to remembering her by doing what her mom loved most...triathlons! Shelby has completed in countless sprint and Olympic triathlons and this summer crossed the finish line of her first Ironman 70.3. Her goals are big, with more 70.3's on the docket and a full Ironman soon. And the best part? Her Zoggs have been with her the whole time!
Christian balances a busy schedule as an editor for a leading cable news network, a father, husband and an ambassador for Time Warner's Fit Nation wellness team. He competes in numerous triathlons, road races, and swimming events year round. He finished second in his age group in Georgia's inaugural SwimRun earlier this year. He also completed the world's highest altitude triathlon last fall in Dillon, Colorado. In addition to swimming in his local Adult Swim League, he's currently training for his first 50-mile ultra run.
A pair of "real" running sneakers, a bicycle for father's day, and a side-stroke safety swim – that's how John began his multisport adventure. John didn't learn how to swim freestyle until after he finished his first Olympic distance triathlon at the age of 34, but with the help of swimming lessons at the local YMCA, a coach, and the support of his family and friends, John went from safety swim to podium at his first 140.3 triathlons at Rev3 Cedar Point. He always puts his family first, which means he's either first-in or last-out of the pool, rides his basement-trainer, and runs at night, so he can tuck-in his kids at bedtime and make breakfast on the weekends. John recently finished his first ultra-marathon, loves cheering for his kids at their swim meets and kids triathlons, and blogs about his multisport adventure, if he has free time. He has a passion for sharing his adventures and is excited to be a Zoggs, brand ambassador
Wes has been a runner & competing in endurance sports for 16 years. Enjoying life and living every day to the fullest are mottos he lives by. He has voluntered for the Boston Marathon every year at the finish line area and witnessed the unfortunate events of the 2013 Boston Marathon. He formed a new found love for running & life after witnessing the runningcommunity grow and help everyone in need. Wes has competed in many sports throughout HS including varsity track and cross country and then went on to run at the collegiate level in the NCAA for cross country, the indoor, and outdoor track at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. Today, he is an avid runner competing in many road races, triathlete, and obstacle racer. He currently works in Boston for Spartan Race as the International Financial Analyst and finds time before/after work to train.
Wes has been a competitive runner his whole life and always wanted to try a triathlon, but was initially intimidated until taking part in his first race in 2016 at the Whaling City Triathlon in New Bedford, MA put on by Sun Multisport Events. Wes wanted a new challenge and something that would inspire him in different ways besides just running. He also wanted to become more of a well-rounded athlete by starting to swim and bike. He was instantly hooked, and since has completed 2 tri’s in 2016, 5 in 2017, and planning to compete in at least 7 in 2018. The triathlon community is amazing and he has formed many friendships that I will hold near and dear to his heart for a lifetime.
In triathlons, he frequently finishes at the top 3 in his age group with many top 5 & 10 overall finishes. He has also qualified for the USAT Age Group Nationals in Cleveland, Ohio this year.