First Endurance is proud to announce a 14-member triathlon team for 2019. With 13 returning athletes and one new addition, we are committed to supporting our athletes and building long term relationships working together to help them reach their career goals. We invest in and support our athletes, fueling them with our complete nutrition system to help maximize their endurance performance while keeping them healthy and able to perform their best.
Collectively in 2018, the First Endurance triathlon team notched over 75 podium results including eight 70.3 wins, thirteen XTERRA victories, five Olympic distance wins, an XTERRA World Championship, and an IRONMAN North American Championship.
Amongst our 14 returning athletes is perennial star on the XTERRA scene, Josiah Middaugh, who recently won the 2019 Fat Bike World Championships. The 2015 XTERRA World Champion will be embarking on his 16thyear with First Endurance and is looking to continue to push his limits, focusing on making another run for the XTERRA World title.
Returning for his 6thyear on the team, First Endurance Research Board Member, Matt Hanson, is a 3-time and current North American IRONMAN Champion, holds the current world record in an IRONMAN branded race and also clocked the fastest marathon in an IRONMAN, in the world. As a member of the First Endurance Endurance Research Board, Matt is also an essential contributor to the development of our products.
Long distance stars Heather and Trevor Wurtele have been members of the First Endurance team since 2010. A 3-time podium finisher at the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championships, Heather looks to build upon her six IRONMAN and twenty-three 70.3 wins. IRONMAN Canada champion, Trevor Wurtele, will have his eyes on adding to his podium results while seeking the challenges of unique and tough courses.
A core of young promising athletes adding to the depth of the First Endurance team is highlighted by South African 70.3 specialist, Jeanni Seymour, in her third year with First Endurance. In 2017 and 2018, the 26 year old placed 2nd at the IRONMAN 70.3 North American Championships and is consistently knocking elbows with the best in the world. Olympic distance specialist, 25 year old Jason West, notched two 6 places at ITU World Cups last year and has multiple wins and podiums at ITU Continental Cups. West will be focusing on ITU World Cups early in the season then transitioning to try his hand at the 70.3 distance late in the year. At 25 years of age, Justin Metzler, has already had a multitude of 70.3 podiums, picked up two 70.3 victories in the last two years along with cracking a top 5 at IRONMAN Canada and is clearly stepping up his game year over year with the goal of focusing more on the IRONMAN distance this year. 22-year old Coloradan, Sam Long, picked up multiple IRONMAN and XTERRA podiums last year highlighted by a 2ndplace at IRONMAN Louisville and 3rdat the XTERRA Pan American Championships. Competitive in many disciplines, Sam will be racing road marathons, bike races, 70.3’s and full distance IRONMAN’s, as well as battling it out on the XTERRA circuit again for 2019.
The North American IRONMAN Champion in 2015, Angela Naeth stormed to an 8th place finish in Kona last year despite the majority of her season being impacted by Lyme’s disease. On the First Endurance team since 2013, the long distance specialist is healthy and excited to be racing a mix of half and full distance events this year, looking to see where she lines up against the best in the world.
A First Endurance athlete since 2015, Kevin Collington, has accumulated a number of 70.3 wins in addition to winning IRONMAN Taiwan in 2017, will be focusing on IRONMAN 70.3 World Championships this year and likely to be in the running for some full distance races as well. Lindsey Jerdonek, who was a successful ITU athlete, will be racing 70.3’s, Olympic distance and also plans to try her hand at XTERRA off road triathlon in her second year with the team.
In his 8th season with First Endurance, Branden Rakita will be back competing in the XTERRA Pan American series looking to add to his multitude of podium results in the series while three time IRONMAN champion Danielle Mack will be focusing on the long distance events in her 6th year.
Scotts-lady Lesley Paterson was fueled by First Endurance products midway through last year and is officially on the team for 2019. Lesley joins the team with an epic list of notable performances including 3-time XTERRA World Champion, 2-time ITU World Champion, 4-time XTERRA National Champion, 2-time XTERRA Trail Running Champion and has over 24 professional XTERRA wins. This season Lesley will be mixing it up at local mountain bike and trail running races, ITU Multi Sport World Championships, and then turning the focus back to the Pan Am XTERRA series setting her sights on the world championships again this year. Lesley, who says she is extremely picky when it comes to training and race nutrition, said “Off-road triathlon presents unique nutritional demands and challenges, one of which is the difficulty in eating and drinking during technical mountain biking. First Endurance has helped me solve this problem – enabling big electrolyte intake per gulp, great palatability in hot and cold temperatures, and great gut absorption”.
The athletes we support play a critical role in the ongoing development of our product line. Staying at the forefront of nutritional research to continue to bring the best products to market for athletes to perform at the highest level is the driving force behind our development. The dynamic relationship we have with our professional athletes provides an ideal testing ground. Our athletes contribute detailed insightful feedback essential in the process of bringing the most advanced endurance nutrional products to market and helping First Enduance lead as the premier endurance nutrition company in the industry.
Josiah Middaugh, since 2004
Heather Wurtele, since 2010
Trevor Wurtele, since 2010
Branden Rakita, since 2012
Angela Naeth, since 2013
Matt Hanson, since 2014
Danielle Mack, since 2014
Kevin Collington, since 2015
Jeanni Seymour, since 2016
Lindsey Jerdonek, since 2018
Sam Long, since 2018
Justin Metzler, since 2018
Jason West, since 2018
Lesley Paterson, since 2019