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Athletes of the Month

Amy Vantassel

Amy Vantassel

What's Your Why? Amy VantasselAmy “VT” VanTassel - Amy “VT” is a proud member of the Wattie Ink. professional athlete roster and the Chris Bagg Coaching Group. The Ultraman double-iron distance is her forte, having attained a career highlight with an overall win...

Jim West

Jim West

I’ve always been active and athletic as I grew up. The running wave started in the early seventies, just as I got out of college. It was a primary part of my fitness. As I reached my late forties though, I began to get less consistent on my nutrition, exercise and stress management. Started to see some weight gain, energy loss, and feelings of aging.

Late in 2002, my father was diagnosed with…

David Caldwell

David Caldwell

What's Your Why? DAVID CALDWELL Having been a person who has run for most of my life, for the first time that I can recall, I’m being honored with the prestigious “Athlete of the Month” for November 2019 by WHY Racing Events.  Being asked to share personal highlights,...

Jenni Sharff Bertapelle

Jenni Sharff Bertapelle

Jenni grew up exposed to her parents running competitively.  At 10 years old, she remembers her mom flying across the country to run the Boston Marathon and competing on winning Hood to Coast Teams in the late 80’s and early 90’s.  Jenni swam competitively as a child, but by the time she got to High School…

Noland Hoshino, Age 55

Noland Hoshino, Age 55

My introduction to triathlons began three years ago at the age of 52. A friend suggested, “Let’s do a triathlon!” I replied, “Are you crazy? I would NEVER do a triathlon.” But, I was on my return to fitness journey and needed a challenge…

Rebecca Cady, Age 30

Rebecca Cady, Age 30

What's Your Why? REBECCA CADY, AGE 30What’s my why? Why do I race? I race for my life. To explain this, I need to rewind a few years and give a little backstory. In June of 2013, I married my wonderful husband, Lance. By the time our honeymoon came to a close, I was...

Brian Jones, Age 42

Brian Jones, Age 42

What's Your Why? BRIAN JONES, AGE 42In 2013 I was taking a walk around the block thinking about the last year and a half of my life, after a number of indescribable events that took place. At 35 years of age, my young family was faced with crossing a "mountain range"...

Marie Keyes, Age 63

Marie Keyes, Age 63

What's Your Why? MARIE KEYES, AGE 63My husband’s nephew did his first Olympic Triathlon on his 40th birthday six years ago. I went to cheer him on. Over the course of the day, I saw every type of athlete tackle and claim the course. Later that afternoon over a...

Ron Haye

Ron Haye

What's Your Why? RON HAYE I first got into racing shortly after being diagnosed with MS 7 years ago. I knew that in order to combat both the disease and the treatment I had to make some life adjustments! At first I wanted to be a runner, but after countless stumbles...

Madison “Maddy” Wick Age 13

Madison “Maddy” Wick Age 13

What's Your Why? MADISON "MADDY" WICK AGE 13 At 10 years old, Madison “Maddy” Wick did her first Triathlon. Now at age 13, Maddy trains with Strive (a Youth and Junior Triathlon team), the Columbia River Swim Team, and Whisper Running Club. She is a regular fixture on...