Zoot Sports has been a proud supporter of amateur and professional triathletes chasing their dreams and pushing the boundaries of our sport. Join us in following our athletes as they push themselves to the limits and show us the true potential of triathlon.
Yo, Yo, Yo! Sam Long shows a bright future for American long-distance racing. He is a 70.3 World Silver Medalist, has won two Ironmans, and twelve 70.3's. He has already changed the sport with his big personality that brings a new and infectious enthusiasm to triathlon. The future is bright and he is just beginning at growing his legacy. His dream is to win the biggest races while also embarking on an incredible adventure that inspires people to be their best while having fun. Join the journey!
Australian Ellie Salthouse competed in her first triathlon as an 11-year-old and never looked back. In 2020, she joined the Zoot Ohana training and racing with the Original Triathlon Brand. Ellie is a 22x Ironman 70.3 champion. She is a dynamic athlete who is capable of winning any race including the 70.3 World Championship. Always smiling. Always fast.
Holly Lawerence, professional triathlete from Great Britain, is a 14 x 70.3 Ironman Champion and the 2016 Ironman 70.3 World Champion. Holly is based in the United States and trains in Colorado.
Hanson, a 6x Ironman and 5x
70.3 champion residing in Castle Rock, CO, boasts an impressive resume. He holds the fastest marathon split recorded in an Ironman as well as being a 3x Ironman North America Champion. He will focus his efforts on becoming the first U.S. athlete to win Ironman World Championships in Kona, HI since 2002. In addition, Matt coaches the Matt Hanson Race Team.
Mid-westerner, Jackie Hering, is an Ironman and 7x 70.3 Champion. Mother of 2, outside of triathlon Jackie still finds time for snowshoeing and she is a 4x National Champion.
Known for her strong swim/bike combo, Lauren Brandon is both an Ironman and 70.3 Champion. She was a former NCAA All-American swimmer from the University of Nebraska who found her passion for triathlon in 2010.
BEN "THE HOFF" HOFFMAN
Ben Hoffman is a professional triathlete and 8x Ironman Champion. Originally from Grand Junction, Colorado, he was first exposed to the sport at the University of Montana in Missoula and quickly rose to the top of the ranks at the collegiate level. Since then he has moved on to train in Boulder, Colorado, and Tucson, Arizona, two of the fitness meccas of the U.S. Since turning professional in 2007, He has earned Ironman, Half-Ironman, and National Champion victories. The Hoff has been with Zoot Sports since 2007.
RTS - REAL TRI SQUAD
Consisting of top pro triathletes Nick Chase, Tamara Jewett,
Lesley Smith, Marc Dubrick, Jackson Laundry, Garric Loewen, Nicole Falcaro, Lisa Bechares, and Maria Guerrero, the RTS has a mission to positively impact the daily life of every endurance athlete.
After qualifying for the 2012 and 2016 Olympic Marathon Trials, and placing 4th at the 2015 US Marathon Championships, Jodie found joy in cross training and turned to triathlon. She is an Ironman Champion and consistently places top 5 in Ironman and 70.3 events. Jodie works full time as a music teacher and enjoys sharing her passion for sport coaching both triathlon and running teams.
Manami Iijima is a former collegiate swimmer, turned triathlete in 2017, earning her professional card that same year - the first professional Ironman triathlete from Guam. A podium, couple of top 10 finishes in 70.3 racing, she is on a journey to be the first triathlete from Guam to make it to the Olympics. She is excited to be joining the Zoot Ohana to achieve her dreams. You can follow her journey on Instagram @manamitris
Elliot is a 27 year old Professional Triathlete based out of Boulder, CO where he currently lives and trains. Growing up in a large family where everybody was active growing up, whether it was running 5ks or playing club sports. He found triathlon at the age of 14 when an older sister pressured him into entering a local sprint tri. After finishing almost dead last he somehow was hooked and has not looked back since. Over the last several years Elliot has been working on his craft and has risen through the ranks, where he now races professionally on the ironman circuit. When Elliot is not racing or training you can find him coaching triathletes of all abilities and levels. You can also find Elliot out on the pro Xterra circuit as well as the gravel scene as he has started to dabble in these forms of racing as a way to cross train and add some variety to his racing.
Amanda Presgraves is a World-Class Professional USA Off-Road Triathlete and Ultra-Runner (former D1 collegiate swimmer). She uniquely integrates her expertise across food and health, business, athletics, community development and mindset as an athlete, author of “The NonRecipe Book”, speaker, mindset coach, and food entrepreneur.“Training for life” and living for the process - in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley of VA, you can find her charging the mountain trails and slinging nourishing snacks with her furry companion.
Born in 1986 in Evian, France, Kevin competed in his first triathlon in 2011. After winning his age group in 2016 and qualifying for IM World Championships, Kevin soon jumped to the professional ranks. Currently residing in San Diego, Ca., you can find Kevin swimming, riding, and running around SoCal daily.
Yu Hsiao is professional triathlete representing Taiwan, currently holds the Chinese Ironman Distance Record from his debut Ironman (8:49:00). Born in Taiwan, Yu immigrated to California with his family and got hooked to triathlon while studying at UCLA. Armed with a hoody and glasses, he may seem like a shy, and humble engineer in the Silicon Valley but underneath he’s a deadly speed machine. Yu was never the fastest on his teams back in high school and college. but over a decade of hard work he has achieved impressive results including 8:49 ironman debut, 4:00:23 70.3 pb, and 2:26:05 marathon. Yu has been with Zoot since 2016.
Jesse has been racing as a professional triathlete for over six years. He has been coaching triathlon and other athletes for over 9 years. Besides coaching triathletes, he has coached high school cross country, track, and club swimming.
He has been teaching for over 10 years, and has a Master’s Degree in Education. Currently a USAT certified coach, Jesse hopes to redirect his passion for education into educating athletes in triathlon.
Sarah Karpinski was a competitive gymnast turned pole vaulter, vaulting for Kent State University. She discovered triathlon in 2011 & finished her first Ironman in 2012. "I wasn't fast but I was officially hooked to the sport after that!" 2018 Kona Finisher & AG 70.3 Eagleman & IMMT Champion. Sarah raced her first year as a professional triathlete in 2019. She joined the Zoot Ohana in 2016 & loves the support the team gives eachother :)
Dani Treise is a Professional Triathlete based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Dani’s career in sport started in running. After multiple half and full marathon wins, she transformed herself into a three sport athlete and fell in love with the challenge triathlon brings.
Carolyn Carter is a professional triathlete residing in Los Angeles, CA. Originally from Ohio, Carolyn grew up swimming and discovered she can lay down some serious watts on the bike. Follow Carolyn's second year racing as a professional.
Veronique, originally from Canada, lives and trains in Scottsdale, AZ. She is a 2022 Kona finisher and first-year professional with a bright future in triathlon.
2023 IM Wisconsin Champ, 2023 Beastman Champ, and multiple 70.3 winner & Half Marathon winner, Becca is a professional triathlete and coach with impressive results. Follow her journey and get inspired.
From tennis to triathlon, Ben got hooked on the sport after a 14-hour solo Ironman adventure. Ben is a young up and comer.
David is a paratriathlete living in Cincinnati, Ohio. He is the captain of the Team Zoot Para group. "I amputated my foot for the dream of
running again, and I am so fortunate to be where I am today. I was determined to use my pain as fuel to reach my goals and to motivate and inspire others going through similar challenges. We can and will make it together!"
Erin is a professional triathlete and a USAT Level 2 Coach. She has a Master’s Degree in Exercise Physiology and puts her knowledge to good use to get the most out of herself and her passion for endurance racing.
Jamie was a former collegiate swimmer who ended up turning to triathlon in grad school, has raced several Ironman events and competed in multiple national championships. He's a engineer by day, and a professional triathlete by night.
Jen is a professional triathlete forged in the triathlon mecca of Penticton, BC, Canada. Jen has developed a reputation as a tough racing athlete, overcoming a battle with epilepsy to become a serious podium contender at every race she enters.
Meg Dirito is a former NCAA and Olympic Trials swimmer that swam Division 1 swimming at Bucknell University. She was inducted into their sports hall of Fame for holding team, league and championship records that stood over 10 years. She started her triathlon career in 2019 and turned professional in 2023. She has been on Team Zoot since 2023. She finds peace and serenity in the water, hence her custom mermaid design from Zoot. She is also an ER veterinarian and mother to 2 mini triathletes. Follow Meg's first full year as a professional triathlete.
Professional triathlete out of Minneapolis, MN, Ted grew up racing motocross around the country from the age of 8. He took up triathlon in college after being inspired by his mom who signed up for a local triathlon. Triathlon has been a major part of Ted's life ever since. His big goal moving forward is to compete at the World Championships in Kona.