About the Team
The California Triathlon Racing Project is an elite team comprised of athletes from across the United States, with day-to-day commitments ranging from medical school to a primary caregiving. All the athletes enjoy the thrill of competing in endurance sports and are dedicated to sharing their skills with others. The objectives of the team are to (1) promote the sport and be a positive ambassador for Cal Tri throughout the US; and (2) support and encourage other team members while racing and training together. The team is currently sponsored by Xterra Wetsuits, the Rudy Project, and Swiftwick. Look for them sporting these high quality products in one of their four team races.
This year the Racing Project will start the season in May racing at IM St. George 70.3. They will then travel to Virginia where they will hold their first annual training camp prior to racing Rev 3 Williamsburg, Virginia. At the training camp they will receive instruction from professional coaches, train together for the first time, and enjoy tapering in beautiful Gloucester, VA. Their next race will take place in August at USAT Nationals in Omaha, Nebraska. The team will finish their season racing California Triathlon’s TrIck or Tri in Los Angeles, CA in October. We would love to see you at any or all of our events- come find the CalTri tent and say hi.
Jordan currently lives in the greater Los Angeles area and works as a physical therapist. During his high school days he ran cross country, but found he wanted to compete in longer distance events. Throughout college he competed in about a dozen marathons achieving a PR of 2:29. Despite a tragic swimming split, he fell in love with triathlons after competing in his first sprint. While completing his Doctor of Physical Therapy, Jordan scaled up his training and raced in numerous half-iron distances. Most recently, he competed in the Ironman 70.3 World Championships in Zell am See, Austria. In his free time, Jordan loves spending time with his wife traveling the world, backpacking, rock climbing, and pretending to be a photographer.
Matt is from Simi Valley, California and ran cross country at Royal High School. His senior year they won their first State title and placed 4th in the first ever Nike Team Nationals. At Brigham Young University-Hawaii he helped his team win four NCAA DII Conference titles, and at the end of his last season he ran the Honolulu Marathon in a time of 2:50. After moving back to California he continued to run local trail and road races, picking up road and mountain biking for cross training. He joined the Triple Threat cycling team in Newbury Park to race xc mountain bikes, and during his first season he placed 2nd overall in Cat 2 for the Kenda Cup West Series and 3rd at Nationals in Mammoth Lakes, California. He is training with the Conejo Valley Multi-sport Masters team to improve his swimming and is looking forward to his first season racing triathlons with CalTri.
Megan lives in Madison, Wisconsin and works as a clinical dietitian. She swam competitively in high school and college, and began competing in triathlons in 2009 at the encouragement of her spin instructor. She is a four-time member of Team USA in the sprint and Olympic distances, and has set her sights on completing her first full Ironman in 2016.
Brandon currently lives in the greater Atlanta area with his wife and two sons. He was a four-year NCAA cross country/track athlete, and competed in All-Conference each year. He is currently completing his joint MD and Iron Man degree, both of which will be achieved this upcoming year. He has spent the past six years living on various tropical islands studying medicine (and working on his tan). When not studying or training, he spends his free time eating and boating with his awesome wife.
Andrew is a California Triathlon athlete from the Long Beach area. He ran varsity cross country and distance track throughout his high school years. During college, Andrew decided to try the Triathlon on for size as a form of cross training. With less than a year of experience, Andrew has won the Regional Duathlon Championships and finished top-five for several others. The 2016 season will be the first time Andrew competes in 70.3 distances. Other than running, swimming, and cycling, Andrew loves to play basketball and golf. His one inspiration that kept him going is his father, who is fighting cancer while still watching him race.
Chelsea currently lives in the greater Salt Lake area. She grew up in a suburb of Portland, Oregon, where she gained her love of the outdoors. She began running competitively at age 11 when her parents convinced her that her short stature would be more conducive to running than volleyball. She ran cross-country and track throughout middle school, high school, and college. She has also run two marathons and multiple half-marathons. Her personal records are 17:51 for the 5K, 37:07 for 10K, 1:21 for the half-marathon, and 3:07 for the marathon. Chelsea grew up swimming and competed for 2 years. Chelsea began biking at young age as well. If she wanted to go somewhere within 5 miles of her house, her mother would tell her to hop on her bike. Chelsea completed her first triathlon in 2015. She placed 2nd in her age group at the Ironman 70.3 Boise. Chelsea teaches middle school resource special education. In her free time, Chelsea can be found backpacking, hiking, reading, and rock climbing.
Von is a native of the Pacific Northwest where he grew up biking, hiking, and running through the mountains of North Idaho and swimming in its lakes. By age ten he competed on a club swim team and in a youth triathlon, which helped him ease back into the sport fifteen years later after being inspired by his 50-year-old IronMom. Since then, he’s competed in six full distance and two Olympic triathlons—not to mention four marathons—where he’s reached the podium on multiple occasions. Von works as a consultant for a Seattle-based tech firm, is an avid ice climber, mountaineer, and surfer. He enjoys traveling for competition and exploration, including recent climbing trips to Mexico and Argentina, and racing trips to the UK and Canada.
Sara was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, and currently resides in Vancouver, Washington. She grew up playing soccer and took up running in high school when she joined the track team. Sara started running longer distances after she had her firstborn and wanted to get back into shape. Since then, she has competed in five half marathons and various 10k’s and 5k’s. It wasn’t until 2015 that she discovered triathlons, cutting her teeth in a relay with a friend. In September 2015 she competed in her first sprint, where she took first place in her age group. Sara loves to try new things and challenge herself, and triathlons are her next new adventure. When she’s not racing or training she enjoys spending time with her husband and four kids, who all keep her very busy.
Andrew is a collegiate cross country and track runner turned triathlon competitor. His running career started at Cal State Fullerton where he received his degree in Fitness and Health Promotion and was a NCAA DI Big West All-Conference athlete. Doing such landed me 2nd all time in the 800m and into the record books at Cal State Fullerton. Searching to further my education and continue competing my final year of eligibility, I was blessed to continue my journey at Chico St. At Chico I became, for the 2nd time, an NCAA DII CCAA All-Conference athlete and assisted Chico St. in winning our 10th straight CCAA title on the track. That season I also was named to the CCAA All-Academic honors as well as NCAA DII All-Academic honors. Although my running was over at the collegiate level I had the privilege to be a Graduate Assistant and help assist in coaching the powerhouse squad of Chico St. Some of the greatest endurance athletes in the NCAA call Chico St theirs homes. While finishing my stay in the beautiful town of Chico, I received my Masters in Exercise Physiology. I now turn to triathlons to fill a void, a void that only the rush of competition can fill. Standing next to someone knowing the man with the most guts will thrive. My favorite hobby is riding my mountain bike!
I am a runner turned triathlete living in the Bay Area. I am a stay at home mom to 4 children and I have a husband who also competes in triathlons. My motto is “LOVE what you do and do what you LOVE”. I try to set a good example for my children by leading an active and healthy lifestyle. We enjoy camping and hiking together as a family. We love to travel internationally and explore new places. I try to make my races a part of an overall family adventure. I believe that through hard work and dedication, you can achieve things you never thought were possible. I did my first triathlon 16 years ago and have recently switched my racing focus to longer distance triathlons.