Although he dabbled in triathlon in the early days of the sport on Canada’s West Coast, Barry spent a couple of decades running ultramarathons, where he racked up numerous wins en route to completing more than 200 races of the marathon distance or beyond – including a dozen hundred milers and several multi-day events. It was on a Run Across Siberia (you’ll have to buy Barry a beer after a race sometime to hear that story!) that Barry met a team of Philadelphia-based videographers who asked him to team up on a few projects. A temporary gig turned into a permanent move when he met the hard-headed Italian woman who became his wife (and to his amazement, still remains his biggest supporter, best friend, and constant companion after 25 years).
Barry returned to the world of multi- sport in 2005 and in his “debut” season as a mature triathlete, focused on off-road events with pretty impressive results: half a dozen age group wins; Mid-Atlantic X-Terra series age group champion; and 3rd at the X-Terra Worlds.
A few years and several broken bones later, Barry realized he was a danger to himself on a mountain bike—so, as he turned 50, he set his sights on a new goal: getting to Kona for Ironman Worlds. He qualified at the Eagleman 70.3 and went on to place 12th in his age group at Kona in 2009—in his first-ever Ironman distance event.
Living up to the adage "you're only as old as you feel", Barry has never looked back, competing at the highest level every time he enters a race. Barry has made numerous appearances on World Championship podiums, including ITU Olympic distance triathlon (3rd place, Budapest, 2010), Long Course Duathlon (2nd place, Zofingen, 2015), Ironman 70.3 (2nd place, Mt. Tremblant, 2014), and the Kona Ironman (3rd place in 2014 and 2016). USAT named Barry Masters Duathlete of the Year in 2010 and ranked him #1 in his Age Group in Duathlon AND Triathlon in 2014.
Barry's goals for 2017 include competing in several Rev3 races, his hometown Philadelphia Triathlon, and securing a spot at the Chattanooga 70.3 Worlds. He's also planning to spend more time running trails, starting with the HAT 50K, a race he's completed 21 times.
Barry has shared his passion for fitness as a Spinning instructor for almost two decades at various Philadelphia gyms. As a coach, he has helped athletes of every ability achieve their personal goals, whether going from couch to 5K, completing their first sprint tri, or achieving an Ironman PR. Barry’s developed a pretty great squad of Snapplers in the Philly area, so if you're nearby, be sure to connect with him and his crew.
Besides managing a nonprofit video production and environmental educational organization, Barry's a writer and photographer who authored "Running the Trans America Footrace: Trials and Triumphs of Life on the Road" and has contributed articles on health, fitness, and adventure sports to Marathon and Beyond, Runner's World, Trail Runner, Running Times, and other national and regional websites and magazines.