The 2012 edition of the Good Morning America will include three Trismarter athletes, and we could not be more excited to be supporting them in Kailua-Kona, HI. Read on for a brief profile of each athlete.
Danielle Kehoeis 25 years old and resides in Colorado Springs, Colorado. She first found her passion for triathlons at the age of seven when entering into her first race in the IronKids series. However, it wasn’t until she turned sixteen did she really start training strictly for triathlons. Danielle attended Metropolitan State University of Denver, where she led the female Cross Country team to two National Championships. She received a degree in Adult Fitness and Exercise Science and a Minor in Nutrition.
In 2011, Danielle was the only female to compete in and finish all three World Championships: Ironman, Ironman 70.3, and Xterra. She also had the fastest combined female overall time for both Ironman and Xterra World Championships. She is the 2011 Age Group World Champion for Xterra (20-24).
Danielle has accomplished even more during her 2012 triathlon season. She began her season as the fastest overall amateur female at Ironman St. George ( 3rd including professionals), dominated the Boulder Triathlon Series which included the Boulder 5150 Sprint, Boulder Peak Olympic and Boulder 70.3 half-ironman distance triathlons, with the fastest overall female time for all three races combined in the 25-29 age-group, and was recently crowned first place female amateur at Ironman World Championship 70.3 in Las Vegas. Danielle will be bib number 1995 in Kona!
Pete Politis was born in Toronto, Canada but has lived in Myrtle Beach, S.C since 1977. He is happily married with a 4 year old daughter named Maya. He has been a restaurateur since 1994, currently spending seven days a week overseeing operations at Hot Stacks Pancake House. Pete balances his schedule with work, family time, training for triathlon and helping to manage the Good Morning America. Over the past 3 years he has ﬁnished four ironman-distance races which include 2x Beach to Battleship (B2B), Ironman St. George, and Ironman Texas. Pete will be bib number 1155 in Kona!
Heather Wajer is racing in the Ironman World Championship as part of the Good Morning America competition that Ironman launched in 2012. Heather’s journey in triathlon is that of personal transformation. She battled depression and addiction after the loss of her mother to the devastating effects of ALS. She was also morbidly obese and living a lifestyle she knew she couldn’t sustain. After agreeing to a weight loss challenge with a co-worker in 2008, she became hooked on triathlon, and Heather’s life changed forever! Heather began Trismarter’s Tri2Lose program, combining weight loss with triathlon training, and has never looked back.
Heather’s story was recently featured on Good Morning America, as well as Ironman, TrainingPeaks, and the Huffington Post. Heather will be bib number 138 in Kona!
The Ironman World Championship will be held on October 13, 2012 in Kailua-Kona. Be sure to checkout Trismarter on Twitter (@trismarter) and on Facebook for in person updates on Danielle, Pete, and Heather throughout the week leading into the race, and especially on race day!