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 superlative and know how to have fun.
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 friendly and kind person who is a role model to others.
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 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 1 full distance Ironman competition.
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 constantly lifts up 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 1 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 out 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 place second overall twice, and second in his age group twice. In 3 out of those 4 events he’s finished within the top ten overall. Kevin really 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 of 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 triathlon 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.