Colin is excited to be joining the Snapple Pro/Elite team for 2017! Colin was born and raised in Naperville, IL where he grew up playing a wide range of sports including baseball, basketball, soccer, swimming, football (1 year), and eventually started running cross-country and track in 8th grade. After having success as one of the top runners on the team in 8th grade, Colin continued running all four years of high school, but suffered numerous injuries off and on. Colin completed his first triathlon in 2005 between his junior and senior years of high school and after another injury-plagued season of running, Colin decided to continue pursuing triathlon as a way to stay active and competitive.
Colin attended the University of Dayton (Go Flyers!), where he studied Nutrition and Fitness and helped to start the University of Dayton Triathlon Club and competed at the USAT collegiate national championships in 2008 -2010. After graduating from Dayton, Colin studied sports nutrition at Florida State University (Go 'Noles!) and continued racing with the Florida State Triathlon Club and two more races at collegiate nationals, finishing as high as 7th place overall (2012).
Colin continued racing triathlon and continued to year after year. In 2013, Colin won the Best of the US Amateur National Championship and was the overall winner at the USAT Olympic distance national championship. In 2015, Colin was 3rd overall (1st American) at ITU Age-Groups sprint distance world championships and 5th overall at ITU Age-Group Olympic distance world championships.
In addition to racing on his own, Colin has been the guide/pilot for World Champion visually impaired triathlete Aaron Scheidies since 2013. Colin and Aaron have traveled all over the country and world racing together in both triathlon and cycling events as part of Team USA Para-Triathlon and Para-Cycling.
Date of Birth/Location: February 29th (Leap Year Baby!) in Naperville, IL
Current Residence: Cincinnati, OH
Years Racing: 2017 will be my 13th year racing triathlons
Strengths on the course: Swim, bike, and run are all pretty balanced, but plenty of room for improvement!
Goals for 2017: Make the podium at major Olympic distance races (St. Anthony's, NYC, Des Moines), Improve at the 70.3 distance, Sub 2:50 marathon
Family Status: Married to my beautiful wife Amanda
Favorite Race Moment: Winning overall at the 2013 USAT Age Group National Championships
Favorite Pre-Race Meal: Pizza
Favorite Post-Race Food: Iced Coffee and Pizza
Favorite thing when not swimming, biking, or running: Cooking healthy meals, traveling, spending time with family (and of course sleeping, eating, and drinking coffee!)
Job: Triathlon Coach, Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist, Personal Trainer, and Pro Triathlete
Favorite Food: Pizza (specifically Chicago's Lou Malnati's Deep Dish and Dewey's Pizza in Ohio!)
Countries Raced in (other than the US): Canada, Mexico, England, Italy, Switzerland, Germany
Favorite Snapple Product: Peach Mangosteen
Blog: Coming soon!