Kevin Taddonio’s 2013 season - his third as a professional triathlete, will prove to be a big step forward in his young career. Kevin will be leaving a full-time job in order to pursue his goal of finishing as the top American Pro Male in the 2013 Ironman World Championships in Kona, HI. The road to Kona will take Kevin around the world to Australia, Europe, and North America as he’ll look to accumulate points to cement his spot in the World Championships.
As a member of a very select group of elite triathletes, Kevin will continue to be coached by Siri Lindley in 2013. Team Sirius Elite will allow Kevin to continue to develop as a well-rounded triathlete while training alongside multiple World Champion Leanda Cave, Luke McKenzie, Maik Twelsiek, and other world class athletes.
A graduate of Penn State University’s Nutrition program, Kim Schwabenbauer is no stranger to competing at the highest level. With a running background, and experience as captain of her Cross Country and Track teams at Penn State, Kim successfully transitioned into the sport of Triathlon. Two Amateur Ironman wins and a trip to Kona, Kim joined the pro ranks in time for the 2012 season.
Culminating her pro-debut season with a top 10 overall (9:30:54) at Ironman Arizona, Kim is very excited to race in 2013. With the help of QT2 Systems and her sponsors, Kim looks to make her first trip to Kona as a professional this October.
Brad is a self-proclaimed ‘all around health nut,’ and when he is not moonlighting as a multisport athlete, he works as a population health and strategy consultant for the large health system Kaiser Permenante. At the highest level, Brad says his work is about figuring out ways that the healthcare system can help people add years to life and life to years.
Brad’s path into triathlon wasn’t so traditional. Growing up a football player, it wasn’t until the end of undergraduate school that Brad first started running, all because of a lost bet! A few years later a foot injury put him on a bike, and the rest is history. Brad entered multisport competing in Duathlons and quickly rose to the top of his category representing Team USA in the World Championships in only his second year in the sport. His liking of longer distance races prompted an entrance into the pool, and now Brad focuses on Triathlon. Brad loves the sport and lifestyle, and hopes to continuously use his involvement in it to role model positive, active, and healthy behaviors. As much as Brad enjoys and is drawn to training and racing, he thinks that the tight-knit community element of Triathlon may be its most special characteristic, and feels so fortunate to be a part of it.
Ezra grew up in Santa Rosa, CA and has settled in the wonderful Bay Area by way of Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN and Clark University in Worcester, MA (pronounced woos-tah).
He became entrenched in endurance activities when he entered his first half marathon in May 2009. After completion, he thought that was the worst possible thing ever and vowed never to do a full marathon. Little did he know the first taste hooked him! Ezra has since completed several half marathons, cutting 20 minutes from his first attempt, and set a personal record at the 2013 San Francisco Half Marathon (1:15:34)
Though he enjoys running quite a bit, Ezra is no one-trick pony! He’s completed seven marathons - three of which he’s finished in under 3 hours. 2009 also marked the year Ezra entered his first triathlon, a Sprint Distance event and has not looked back since. Sprint, Olympic, and Half Iron-distance, he’s compiled some great results along the way. 2014 will continue this trend, and in March he’ll try his hand at the Ironman distance in Cabo San Lucas. Ezra aspires to go fast, have fun and make friends along the way. When he is not training he enjoys reading, volunteering and working in San Francisco.
Before moving to SF Rob lived in the heathen city of New York, and grew up in the mind-numbingly quiet suburbs of Connecticut. He has spent the vast majority of his young adult life pursuing "social activities" and being a sub-par athlete. In 2010, he noticed a poster on the wall of his incredibly in-shape 50 year old colleague that said "Kona" on it, and it was there he learned what a triathlon is. A runner and swimmer in high school, Rob decided biking wouldn't be that hard to learn. He regrets this decision immensely.
In his typical "go big or go home" fashion, Rob signed up for an Ironman 70.3 as his first triathlon in 2011. Due to some previously unknown masochistic tendencies, Rob actually enjoyed his first race and signed up for the NYC Ironman in 2012. Through sheer dumb luck he was able to get the last qualifying spot for Kona and competed in it 5 weeks later. During his short racing career, Rob has made just about every mistake possible and is an excellent source of knowledge about what not to do when competing in triathlons.
A cyclist at heart, Andres likes his gear a little too much to not be a triathlete. After all, it is the TT/Triathlon bikes that are fastest and look the coolest. While he won’t likely be winning any races, Andres subscribes to the notion that if you’re NOT going to be fast, you’ve got to at least LOOK fast.
Having recently moved to Northern California, Andres feels like there’s no better place to live than in the Bay Area. Originally from Venezuela, he’s lived right outside of Washington DC (Maryland), New Hampshire, and most recently Scottsdale. He’s looking forward to continuing to get involved in the local running, cycling, and triathlon community while meeting some cool people along the way.