2018 Athletes

NAMEGENDER/AGE
WHY UMFL?
COUNTRYJOB TITLECREW TEAMULTRA EXPERIENCE
ADAM
Grant

MALE, 53

In honor of my “other mother,”
Sophie, a holocaust survivor
who defined my mantra,
“Go Baby Go!”
USAPartnerTom Regal (Chief)
Mark Link
Judd Hirt
Ironman Santa Rosa 2017
Ironman Canada x3
Ironman Lake Tahoe 2013
Ironman Texas 2012
Ironman Coeur d’lane 2011
Ironman Lake Placid x2
Ironman Wisconsin 2006
Ironman Arizona 2005
Challenge Penticton 2016
Challenge Atlantic City 2015
ADRIANO
De Meo

MALE, 37USATelecommunications
Engineer
TBAIM Florida 2016
IM Lake Placid 2016
ALISON
Fowler

FEMALE, 37

Been frightened/intrigued
by this race since discovering
it almost a decade ago and
it became a life goal.
USAEngineerFiona Siemelink (Chief)
Rob Hill
IM Maryland 2016
Rocky Racoon 50
Brazos Bend 50
IM Cozumel
BRADLEY
Glotzbach

MALE, 46

UM is the perfect event
to test your physical and
mental limits.
USAFinanceTom Geldermann (Chief)
Jason Waggoner
Justin Glotzbach
CAF Tri Challenge x6
IM Louisville x3
IM Wisconsin
IM Canada
JFK 50
BRIAN
Hagan

MALE, 46

This event has a strong grass
roots community feel that you
don't get anywhere else. It
gives me the ability to do
something I never thought
possible, because it is along
side a great group of athletes
that have proven it is possible.
USASupply Chain
Business
Planning
Rich Bazzy (Chief)
Ed Giroux
Francis Picard
IM Texas 2016
CHAD
Esker

MALE, 46USAInsurance
Agent
Justin Mulder (Chief)Epic5 2017
UMFL 2016
IM Wisconsin x4
Fall 50
Greater Floridian
CHRIS
Pollack

MALE, 52

To show people that you can
reach your goals if you put
your doubts about yourself
behind you.
USANetwork
Engineer
Manager
Craig Thiessen (Chief)
Amy Hall
Arlin (Champ) Bradfish
IM Wisconsin x3
Fall 50
Dance with Dirt
CYNTHIA
Bartus

FEMALE, 39

To train and race for those
who are not able.
USAPhysicianSteve Thompson (Chief)
Randy Latza
Mary Latza
IM Kona 2016
IM Lake Placid x2
IM Florida 2015
DANIEL
Palko

MALE, 40SLOVAKIATeacherRudolf Kruty (Chief)World Marathon Challenge 2017
Marathon Des Sables 2016
Janosik Extreme Iron distance 2016
DANNY BOY
Szajta

MALE, 30

Ultraman presents itself
as a physical and logistical
challenge that my crew and
I look forward to experiencing.
USATeacherGraham Sheppard (Chief)
Nicole LePere
Meghan Wright
Margaret Rechel
IM Louisville 2016
IM Mont-Tremblant 2016
307 mile "fun ride"
DAYNA
Latham

FEMALE, 33

You'll never know where
your limits are until you
push past them.
USAEngineerSuzanne Yashewski (Chief)
Jan Daly
Carrie Barrett
Minda Work
IM Maryland 2016
Rocky Racoon 50 2016
IM Florida 2015
DWANA
Grotkopf

FEMALE, 53

A wise man once told me…
“Do Epic Shit!” If you don’t
push your limits, you will
never find them.
USAAdministrative
Specialist
Jim Grotkopf (Chief)
Karl Grotkopf
Tom Grotkopf
Mary Devilla
IM Chattanooga 2017
IM Florida 2013
Ocean Marathon x2
EDGAR
Palacios

MALE, 44

I wil compete in UMFL
because it scares me,
because I want to get out
of my comfort zone and
challenge myself to new
adventures. That is what
life is about.
COLUMBIA/
USA
Plant
Manager
Pavel Ramirez (Chief)
Erick Montanez
Paul Rojas
IM Lake Placid 2013
Dunes 100
Everglades Ultra 50
EDISON
Alexander Serna

MALE, 37COLUMBIACatholic
Priest
Maria Patiño (Chief)
Felipe Salamanca
IM 70.3 Cartagena 2016
EDUARDO
Guerrero Collado

MALE, 42

Because nowadays this is
the only challenge that I
can tell I could not face
and this is what inspires
me a lot.
SPAINPersonal
Trainer
Salvador Poventa (Chief)
Nuria Artous
Marta Bautista
Marisa Gomez
Santi Perez
IM Barcelona 2016
Thriatlon Alpe d'Huez
EZEQUIEL
Cufre

MALE, 42

I want to test my limits
and show my kids dreams
are attainable if sacrifice
and dedication are put
into action.
ARGENTINAManaging
Director
Lucky Maestu (Chief)
Javier Marquez
Edwin Vargas
IM Florida 2016
IM Texas 2016
GAURAV
Makkar

MALE, 38

It's an honour to be part of
the most prestigious race on
this planet and share the
field with super human athletes.
INDIAPartnerTBA (Chief)
Pankaj Makkar
Vikram Makkar
IM South Africa 2017
IM South Africa 2016
IM Mallorca 2015
Desert 500 Ultra Cycling 2013
GIUSEPPE
Musella

MALE, 55

I discovered triathlon 5 years
ago, and already raced
9 Ironman (2 Kona) and
13 half Ironman. UMFL
means a TOP challenge!
BRAZILRetiredVanuza Maciel (Chief)
Jose Cobian
Jair Avansi
IM Fortaleza x2
IM Kona 2015
IM Brazil 2015
IM Taiwan 2015
GUILLERMO "BILLY"
Bell

MALE, 33

What I love the most of UMFL
is to share the challenge
with my team mates, make
them part of it!
ARGENTINAAgronomyDavid Hughes
Javier Olivieri
IM Florianopolis 2017
IM Boulder 2016
La Mision Race Patagonia
HECTOR
Ayuso

MALE, 45

I’ve always loved challenges,
I believe that change and
growth only happens when
you face your fears. That’s
why I chose to face UMFL,
hoping to inspire others to
face their own fears.
SPAINArt
Director
Enric Godes (Chief)
Anderson Sousa
Nathalie Koutia
Manuel Suarez
IM Barcelona 2017
IM 70.3 Dubai 2017
IGNACIO "NACHO"
Quiles Lara

MALE, 39

You have to fight for the things
you want to achieve, this has
always been my credo.
Going into a new Ultraman
Endurance Season is always special.
SPAINMarketing
Director
Mar Fernandez (Chief)
Olga Fernandez
Arnaud Winter
Epic5 2017
UMWC 2016
Ultra520K Canada 2016
UltraEndurance Trail NY 2016
JAMIE
Harris

FEMALE, 41USARNLori Abbey
Charlie Johnson
Carla McDonald
Andy Roberts
UMFL 2017
JOANNE
Cogle

FEMALE, 37USASelf
Employed
Ryan Bush
Jay Mason
IM Florida x2
IM Louisville x2
IM Texas
Ride Across Georgia
JOHN
Riordan

MALE, 49

I have heard from champions
of this race over the past 4 years
that it's 80% mental. So I'm
only doing 20% of my training plan.
USACivil
Engineer
TBAIM Chattanooga 2016
Azalea 12hr Ultra 2016
IM Florida 2015
JUAN
Andrade

MALE, 46

I'm sure you can do whatever
you want. I'd like to push
people to do amaizing
things and I have to lead
by example. #Letsgo
COLUMBIASystem
Engineer
Will Vargas (Chief)
German Pinto
Mauricio Salazar
Nelson Castillo
*IM Florida 2017
IM Boulder 2017
IM Frankfurt 2015
IM Fortaleza 2014
IM Florida 2013
JUAN JOSE
Coassolo

MALE, 42

The Ultraman is a dream for
me, a test of strength and a
way to show that ...
Everything is possible,
with sacrifice and
consistency.
ARGENTINADentist CBMFBolko De Pawlikowski (Chief)
Zapata Maria Eugenia
IM South Africa 2016
Scott Marathon MTB (3 days)
JUAN PABLO
Montes Barrientos

MALE, 38

I do UMFL because I felt a
mix of: discipline, patience,
physical and mental ability,
perseverance and much joy.
BOLIVIALawyerMaria Fernanda Rodas (Chief)
Daniela Morato
Dani Campbell
Mariela Barrientos
UMFL 2017 (participant)
IM Florida 2015
IM Chattanooga 2015
JULIAN
Summers

MALE, 43

I am doing this because I don’t
think I can do this. I am doing
this because LIFE IS GOOD.
SOUTH AFRICAInsurance
Executive
Tim Poydenis (Chief)
Katie Stapleton
Juan Davila
Erica Marsh
IM Florida 2016
KEVIN
Wright

MALE, 29

I am overwhelmingly inspired
by epic challenges that
test the human mind,
body, and spirit.
Ultraman is next!
USACapture
Manager
Michelle Lake (Chief)
Becky Wright
Danielle Eganhouse
Scott Lake
IM Wisconsin 2016
American Triple T 2016
IM Kona 2015
LESLIE
Andrews Booker

FEMALE, 46

Uhm....why the hell not?
YOLO Baby!
USACriminal
Prosecutor
Jerel Booker (Chief)
Teran Barr
IM Cozumel 2016
IM Louisville 2015
LUIGI
Delgado

MALE, 33

To overcome mental obstacles
in a high caliber race that creates
uncertainty, but with support
of family and loved ones.
USAAssociate
Engineer
Shangrila Rendon
Charity Soto
Luis Nunezuribe
IM Chattanooga 2016
IM Arizona 2016
Nanny Goat 24hr
Dead of Winter Double Century 2016
LUIS
Pisoeiro

MALE, 46

I want to physically and
mentally challenge myself
to feel realized and for my
son to be proud of me.
PORTUGALAsset
Manager
Helder Milheiras (Chief)
Tiago Pisoeiro
IM Austria 2016
MARC
Galietta

MALE, 45

"Heartbeats make
me happy!"
USAHusband/FatherMaryann Galietta (Chief)
Melissa Galietta
UMFL 2017
IM Kona 2016
IM Lake Placid 2016
MARIO
Hamel

MALE, 52CANADAManagerMicheline Turcot (Chief)
Marie-Pier Hamel
Vincent Hamel
Double Anvil 2017
IM Kona 2016
MICHAL
Šubrt

MALE, 46

I love new challenges and I
like meeting new people.
CZECH REPUBLICManagerVěra Bláhová (Chief)
Jan Šimon
EPIC5 2017
IM Mallorca 2016
IM Lanzarote 2016
MICHELLE
Williamson

FEMALE, 30

I love epic adventures, awesome
stories, inspiring people,
working hard, and chasing
crazy dreams.
USAEngineerTom Williamson (Chief)
Joe Thornton
IM Boulder 2016
IM Louisville 2015
MORGON
Latimore

MALE, 38

I want to achieve something
that others think is not possible.
I want to be the coach/
athlete that shows everyone
that anything is possible.
I want to be a part of an elite
group of Crazy triathletes.
USAUS MarineJonas Johnson (Chief)
Jondi Bernardo
Betsy Watson
Andrew Hare
*IM Florida 2017
IM 70.3 Vineman 2016
IM Vineman 2014
PEDRO
Nuques

MALE, 35

I always love to accomplish
big goals and to test my limits.
I motivate my team by example.
ECUADORIronman
Coach
Denisse Noriega (Chief)
Eddy Arana
IM Florida 2016
IM 70.3 Worlds 2016
IM 70.3 Manta 2016
IM 70.3 Syracuse 2016
PETR
Vabrousek

MALE, 44

Coming back to the
atmosphere of my first relaxed
triathlons some 28 years ago.
Trying something new & more
difficult every year.
Share the experience
with all other athletes
and crews.
CZECH REPUBLICTriathlon
Coach
Radek Parnica (Chief)Ironman x187
World Marathon Challenge 2017
Marathon Des Sables 2016
RICH
Reed

MALE, 37

I knew i was different and
I want to set an example
that anything is possible if you
set a goal and put in the work.
I want to be an example to
my Family first, my kids &
onlookers that this is possible.
I needed a goal that scared me...
USAArchitectJana Franz (Chief)
Joe Rummler
Nadya Dhadiala
Cody Elder
IM Texas 2016
IM Maryland 2016
SHANNON
Callies

FEMALE, 48USAPrincipalMark Moody (Chief)
John McKain
UMFL 2017
IM CdA 2016
IM Arizona 2016
STEEL
Addison

MALE, 44

Ultraman, both the preparation
and during the event, allows
you to go deep within the mind
and body.
AUSTRALIABuilderTBAUMOZ 2016
IM Asia-Pacific Championship 2016
IM New Zealand x2
IM Cairns x4
IM Western Australia
IM Australia
STEPHANIE
Weldon

FEMALE, 47

I’m doing UMFL to see how
strong I am and to inspire
others to find the strongest
version of themselves.
USATeacherPatrick Weldon (Chief)
Jennifer Cecil
Donavon Lewis
IM Florida x2
IM Chattanooga x2
IM Texas 2016
IM Vineman 2016
TED
Papenhagen

MALE, 48

UMFL is one of the baddest
and most difficult competitions
in the world and I am honored
to be a part of it!
USAConsultantLiz Bresler (Chief)
Mike Bresler
IM Sweden 2016
IM Vineman
IM South Africa
IM Japan
THOMAS
Scheer

MALE, 45

You may fail, but fall still
fighting; Don’t give up,
whate’er you do; Eyes
front, head high to the
finish. See it through!
USAPainterDevon Scheer (Chief)
Raine Scheer
Nancy Butler
IM x22 including
IM Cozumel 2016
Escape From Alcatraz
TOMMY
Bowling

MALE, 42

For www.warriors4kids.org, a
nonprofit athlete based
charity that is designed
to help provide kids with the
opportunity to turn their
dreams into a reality.
USAHelicopter
Crew Chief
Darren Thompson (Chief)
Cole Holmbeck
Miguel Bisono
Stephen Hutchings
IM Florida 2016
TONI
Butler

FEMALE, 47

This race is the embodiment
of unity, courage and
perseverance.
"Individually, we are one
drop. Together, we are an
ocean"
~ Ryunosuke Satoro
USAPhysicianSimon Shurey (Chief)IM Arizona 2016
IM Maryland 2015
WAYNE
Novak

MALE, 39

Through difficult tasks I
learn an incredible amount
about myself. UMFL training
and racing provides an
amazing opportunity to grow.
USAPrincipalTeresa Johnson (Chief)
Jason Olague
IM Wisconsin 2016
WILLIAM
Bench

MALE, 30USA/FRANCEQuantitative
Researcher
TBAIM France 2017
IM Florida 2016