Our Cross Country Team

These individuals persevere through the distance to spread the word across the nation and beyond.

Kitty Clark Cole

Willmington, NC

As a Sport Dietitian and Coach, I refer to myself as an “Adult Onset Athlete!” My older brother was a marathoner in the days before it was the running boom and he wanted me to run a marathon with him and I told him he was nuts. He wound up dying in a race which prompted me to promise I’d run ONE marathon to honor his passion and memory. Fast forward to me looking at age 45 propelled me to train and race the Marine Corps Marathon. I crossed the finish line and “got it!” Within a month I was signed up for my second marathon and I’ve completed 18 stand-alone marathons including joining the 7Continent’s Club (completing a marathon on all 7 continents). I completed my first triathlon on Easter Island which I found when I travelled to compete in my S. American marathon. I didn’t know then but I’d be hooked!!! Due to a running injury in 2006 I could only swim so…slippery slope and an encouraging friend had me train for a sprint triathlon and the rest is history. I’m a 6X IM Finisher; 31X 70.3 Finisher and multiple other distance triathlons. I’ve friends that have been hit while training but July 2019 it all changed when my Sister Sandra was hit and killed while riding her bike. My goal is to channel my grief and anger into positive changes and safety for bikers and runners. #ItCouldBeMe is the perfect vehicle to accomplish those goals! Cheers!

Carolyn Defoore

Austin, TX

Carolyn Defoore is a three-time Master’s Road National Champion (2017, 2018 and 2019) and a Driveway Series addict. She got her first taste of cycling on the track as a junior rider and started racing again as an adult in 2014 where she quickly worked her way up the ranks to a category 1 cyclist. She currently enjoys racing for the Texas based team, United Cycling. One of her goals as a cyclist is to foster growth in the sport of cycling, especially for women and young people, by promoting safety, confidence, and the joy of competition.

Merv Charles

London, England UK

I am a 50 year old cyclist from London and have been riding bikes since I was 7-years old. I’ve never raced bikes because to me cycling is all about fun and my competitive edge is never been geared towards cycling. I ride road bikes and mountain bikes but my favourite type of cycling to watch is BMX cycling. My favourite climb is Cap de Formentor in Mallorca and my favorite sportive is the Dunwich Dynamo. I’m a member of Rapha Cycling Club. My favourite local rides are Richmond Park and Box Hill. I also ride an annual night ride raising money for the Mayhew Animal Home, which is a local animal rescue centre.

Nadine Ford

Charlotte, SC

“Altho I’ve ridden bikes since I was 7 years old, I didn’t become a safe minded cyclist in 2006. that’s when I witnesses a fatal car/bike accident a long ride. That accident, along with the lack of black and women voices in the local bike community, prompted me to join the local bike action committee. 

In 2014, I worked with a few friends to create the facebook activity group “LFB-Charlotte: Leave Fear Behind”. This group is dedicated to Charlotte female cyclist. It was also created to give Black women a voice in this lifestyle as well. 

In 2018, I became a League Certified Instructor and in 2019, I became a Cycling Savvy Instructor. I most currently rolled off the Charlotte Bicycle Advisory Committee but still work hard to ensure all voices in this city are heard when it comes to safe cycling infrastructure. 

In addition to advocating safe biking for all people.

Steffanie Clutten

Holt, Michigan

I am a Rheumatology Physician Assistant from Michigan. I am primarily a runner and a triathlete, but can be encouraged into almost any activity within reason. I have a passion for being active outside with my husband and kids (5 and 7). Most weekends you can find us running, biking, swimming, hiking, kayaking, skiing or traveling.

Rebecca Dobbins

Greenwood, IN

Rebecca Dobbins is from central Indiana and is a mother of two, wife, nurse, and avid cyclist. She started her journey into the love of cycling back in 2014 when she found herself wanting to lose weight. She started by running and quickly progressed into triathlon. She is now a 3x IRONMAN and has done several 70.3 distance races as well as an array of smaller and speciality distance races, including Escape from Alcatraz. Rebecca is highly involved in her local cycling community, working with local leaders and advocating for safety. She spent time on the Board of Directors for her local advocacy organization, who worked to successfully push a safe-passing law through legislation in 2019. Rebecca also works closely with her local bike shop, Gray Goat Bicycle Company, whose owner is a strong local partner for advocacy, group rides, and cycling safety events. For 2020, Rebecca plans to coordinate educational events, group rides, and continue her advocacy for cyclist safety through It Could Be Me as a Cross Country Local Leader.

Preston Tyree

Austin, TX

I was born in 1943 and have been riding bicycles since I was 6 years old in Baton Rough LA. One of my worst crashes occurred as I was avoiding being hit by a left turning driver. Concussion, broken ribs, broken shoulder. Since 1996 I have been involved in educating people about safe cycling and have served as education director for my local club (Bike Austin) my state organization (Bike Texas) and the League of American Bicyclists. I still train and certify League Cycling Instructors. My latest endeavor to make the roads safer for cyclists of all forms is a Podcast called “It Depends: Riding Safely” that will hit the internet in March 2020. I have ridden on six continents, raced both road and mountain bikes and done one marathon. I now run a non profit (waaoinc.org) that is providing trike rides for people with disabilities.

Sara Pixley

Griffith, Australia

Sara is a mum of 2 very active girls who lives in regional Australia. She has been active her whole life & started triathlon about 12 years ago…. about 3 years ago after a few scary incidents on the road, she decided to base her riding on the indoor trainer. In 2020 she has decided to get back outside, to enjoy the freedom & fresh air that cycling can bring. 

Sara hopes that the It Could Be Me movement can go world wide so that cyclists, runners & outdoor enthusiasts can share the roads safely with drivers. 

Katie Tobin

Arlington, VA

Katie joined DC Tri Club in late 2011, just as the masters swim program was starting. She became one of the coaches in early 2012, the same year as her first 70.3 in Augusta. Energized from that event, she signed up for Ironman Lake Tahoe in 2013.

She loves anything to do with swim, bike, run, puppies and mountains.

Rachelle Parra

Mt. Zion, IL

I am a 40 year old mom of one teenage daughter and Physical Therapist by day. By night, I am a triathlon coach through IRONMAN, team member of the IRONMAN FOUNDATION for the second year in 2020, part of the Team Infinit Performance for the first year in 2020, and zookeeper to many species of animals. I started in the endurance world in 2012 and haven’t looked back! I love the sport of triathlon. I love the people it has brought into my life. I love how much it has taught me about myself. It is so empowering to be a part of something larger than myself! I also am aware of the barriers to training and safety while doing so. I am committed to being an active local leader with the #ItCouldBeMe2020 group to advocate for the lifestyle we all hope to have for the rest of our long happy lives! 

Jenniferlyn
Kryvicky

Berkeley, MI

I found my love for cycling and running nearly 20 years ago when I started training for my first marathon and I’ve never looked back! Now my husband and I spend most of our free time together on our bikes,  riding fur a healthier life.  Unfortunately through the years I have had a few run ins with distracted drivers during my training runs and rides but always have been able to walk away from them unscathed.  Unfortunately I have too many friends and teammates who have not been so lucky. I’m excited to be an ambassador for the It Could Be Me movement because it’s time that we change the narrative around vehicles,  pedestrians,  and cyclists for a safer world for all of us! 

Amanda Mayes

Bertram, TX

I am a native Texan and multi-generation Austinite who prefers the slower pace of the hill country. I am a proud member of the Fighting Texas Aggie Class of 2003, my parent’s favorite daughter and a “bratty” little sister to my brother. Two schnauzers, Jens and Magnus, plus one impossible manx cat named Sinatra call me their fur mom. 

My husband got me interested in cycling while he was on the Texas A&M Cycling team and bought me my first road bike for our first wedding anniversary in 2004. We spent a lot of time doing charity rides and my love for bikes continued to flourish. By 2008 I had started learning to mountain bike with a local group called Ride Like a Girl and in 2011 I became a ride leader. I love mentoring new riders on all aspects of riding. Along the way I started racing mountain bikes and in 2012 accomplished a big goal of winning a State Championship in my age division in the Texas Mountain Bike Racing Association Marathon Series. I have dabbled a little in gravel racing, but I tend to enjoy watching the scenery and riding too slow to truly call it a race so I will likely never podium in one.

On September 7, 2019 it no longer could be me, it was me. I was riding with my husband on our weekly date ride, exploring a new route in Burnet County on a beautiful sunny day. About 35 miles in I was hit from behind by a Ford F150, his speed was estimated at 40-50mph. He did stop and cooperated with authorities, he wasn’t texting but did not see me even though there was nothing to visually impair him on the road. I was launched into the air and flew past my husband before landing in a ditch.  By the time the ambulance got me to the hospital my blood pressure was indicating internal bleeding, I lost an estimated 2-3 liters of blood and had two surgeries to repair a torn mesentery artery. I had an additional surgery on my ulna which snapped in half. My left lung partially collapsed, and I was on a ventilator for six days. The lung continued to have issues and I had to have a chest tube inserted. I had 13 other fractures including two in my pelvis and my T12 vertebrae. I spend 16 days hospitalized, with an additional 10 days in a rehab facility. Due to the T12 fracture I had to wear a TLSO brace for 93 days. Miraculously I had no head trauma and have mostly recovered from all the injuries. I was able to start biking again 98 days after the crash and have been able to continue riding mostly trails while continuing my recovery. 

I was introduced to Triny through Facebook while I was hospitalized through a mutual friend and began telling others about #itcouldbeme. Since the crash I have become passionate about telling my story and educating others on safety both as a cyclist and a motorist. I look forward to serving as an ambassador and continuing to spread the message. 

Ginger Hayes Potts

Gainsville,GA

Ginger Hayes Potts, 41, from Gainesville, GA, is a triathlete from team The Cupcake Cartel. Potts began her competitive swimming career at 5 years old. She discovered triathlon in college while on the JV swim team and cycling team for Auburn University. Recently re-activated in the sport, Potts specializes in short distance triathlon, from super sprint to Olympic. She hopes to qualify for Team USA in 2021 and race at the ITU World Championships. Through participation with It Could Be Me, she will work to bring awareness, safety, and joy to the cycling community.

Potts is also a member of The Collective Beat, Orr Factory Racing Team and Team Infinit.

John Wheeler

Oklahoma City, OK

Our Olympians

These individuals are steady, consistent, and go a bit further in their time & energy dedication to our movement.

Ruth Rickey

Oklahoma City, OK

Ruth discovered her love for triathlon and cycling as part of her recovery and treatment for an incurable form of leukemia.  She regularly trains and races with her husband, brothers and friends at races around the US.  She is President of TriOKC, serves as Captain for the Finish Line at Ironman Tulsa and works as an attorney for a credit union.  Ruth has also taught cake decorating internationally and can be found rescuing dogs whenever her husband allows!

 

Luc Neree

Coral Springs, FL

Army Vet 🇺🇸 Triathlete 🏊🏽🚴🏽🏃🏽Strength Coach🏋🏽Strength Training for Endurance Athletes

Jenna King

Orlando, FL

Debbie Wog

Oklahoma City, OK

I’m Debbie Wog from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.  I’m married to the best race sherpa ever and have two adult children.  I’ve been working in the fitness industry for over 20 years (even though I have a Bachelors degree in Economics).  I’m a Nationally Certified Pilates Instructor, Yoga Instructor and Group Fitness teacher.  I fell in love with running and triathlon about 15 years ago.  I’ve completed numerous full and half iron-distance triathlons and over a dozen marathons.  In 2012, I was involved in a near-fatal accident while riding my bicycle – thus sparking my drive to educate and bring awareness to issue of cyclist/runner safety. 

Tonia Wilson

Cassadaga, NY

Tonia Wilson and her husband, Mark, own Wilson Endurance Sports, LLC which produces 28 events across NY State and 1 in CT;  Triathlon, Duathlon, Running and Kids events. Mark has been an avid cyclist for over 20 years and Tonia only began her passion for riding in 2016.  In 2017 they were involved in a distracted driver incident.  Thankfully there were no serious injuries.  Since cycling is a very large part of their everyday life, #itcouldbeme is a cause that is near and dear to them both.  Keeping us all safe on the roads; cycling, walking or running, is top priority.

 

Amanda Boyer

Tampa, FL

Hi! My name is Amanda, and I live in sunny Tampa, FL. I enjoy all things swim, bike, run. Oh, and puppies, dark chocolate, and red wine. In my free time, I can usually be found training for long-course triathlon or reading a good book. I’m excited for the opportunity to be apart of this initiative, and look forward to doing my part to help make the roads safer for all. 

Clark Carvish

Ottawa, Canada

I am a husband, father of 4 and grandparent. Born and raised in Ottawa, Canada. I have always been active in sports (fastball, hockey), running, biking and swimming certainly wasn’t part of them. My journey started in Sept. 2011 with the words to my sister in law “If you can’t find anyone to do the Spartan race, I will do it with you” Fortunately (Although at the time I figured unfortunately) this changed my life, thanks Vicki!! Gave myself a goal, start training Jan 1st, yes, one of those New Years Eve deadline things. I will say I have never looked back, started with 5K races, now do half marathons and triathlons, sprint, Olympics and 70.3 half Ironman. I have been a huge advocate of equality in triathlon, supporting 5Q (Fifty Women to Kona), Tri-Equal. We are in a wonderful city with many cyclists, routes and lanes!! I look forward in supporting “It Could Be Me” anyway I can. Yes, I am one of those people when I go out riding, I am always concerned with drivers and other cyclists. Education is important

Our Sprinters

These individuals are the bread-and-butter of our program!

Danielle Moore

Hatboro, PA

Danielle is a 25 year old triathlete from outside of Philadelphia, PA, and working on her Master’s of Public Policy. She is passionate about cyclist safety on the roads since she was in a car accident due to a distracted driver in 2019, and had found a love for cycling earlier that year. Danielle hopes to help raise awareness and a policy agenda for cyclist road safety that is comprehensive, empathetic, and effective in implementation as a Local Leader for It Could Be Me.

Michelle Bandur

Omaha, NE

Michelle Bandur grew up riding her bike all around her neighborhood and while she delivered the local newspaper in Omaha, NE.

“Biking is my first love,” said Michelle.

Michelle works as a television journalist at KETV in Omaha. She has worked at 13 television stations across the country and always packed her bike with her.

She has completed six Ironmans, more than a dozen 70.3’s, and dozens of Olympics and Sprint races.

Michelle believes cyclists and triathletes shouldn’t be forced to ride on their trainers indoors. “The view of the country from your bicycle seat is like none other,” she said.

Michelle has worked on the Omaha Mayor’s Active Living Advisory committee. Michelle is a co-founder pf a non-profit for young girls, Ironhawk Juniors Tri Club. The program teaches girls self-confidence while empowering therm through the sport of triathlon. Read more about the program in Triathlete magazine! Michelle was featured on its cover and shares her story of how she helps empower girls through triathlon.

The program and equipment are free to participants. Learn more here.

Watch Michelle’s TEDX on how and why she helped start the tri club. 

Elizabeth Garcia

Austin, TX

Hi, I’m Liz Garcia from Brownsville, Texas. I have been riding for fun and for exercise since I first moved to Austin in 2009. Since then, I have met many training buddies who inspired me to do longer and longer bike rides. We have shared sweat, blood, and tears on all those roads and trails. Their many stories of run-ins with cars and ornery drivers has inspired me to join the #itcouldbeme movement. I hope to consolidate a plan for the safety of both car drivers and bike riders in South Texas. 

Catrina Ralston

Suffolk, VA

Lena Jo McCoy

Cave Creek, AZ

Lena Jo McCoy began her passion for cycling later in life and is absolutely the embodiment of the phrase, “Never say never.” Her husband started cycling after he had problems with his feet and could no longer run. He encouraged and asked her to join him in riding but Lena’s response was, “not interested.” After her husband was hit by a vehicle and injured, Lena’s response was, “I will never ride a bike.” Fast forward a few months when her husband once again asked her to reconsider and participate in a bike ride, “Pedal the Plains” in Colorado, which was taking place in and around her hometown. After the promise of a new bike and clothes, McCoy agreed to join the ride. She has never claimed to be an athlete and has multiple scars on her knees to prove that lack of coordination is not a reason to give up. Living in Cave Creek, AZ, McCoy enjoys biking all year ‘round. When she isn’t riding her bike, Lena is a writer, a slave to her English Bulldog and adoring wife of the husband that flamed the fire of passion and desire to cycle.

Shawn Watson

Myrtle Beach, SC

I am a Stage 4 Lymphoma survivor, in remission since 7/9/14, and ride daily for charity.  I don’t use my name because it’s not about me.  It’s about getting folks out, up, and okay.  I use ” World’s Okayest Cyclist” because I just wanted to be Okay again after my cancer.  I had the dream of getting folks out and about to better their health.  My current mission is a 10,783 mile charity ride to raise awareness and funds for cancer.  I am riding for The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society as well as the Great Cycle Challenge (Children’s Cancer Research Fund). The 10,783 miles is roughly a lap around the US and how I came up with that magic number.

In the three years that I have been riding I have had two car contact incidents and another that ran me off the road.  None stopped.  Since I ride alone I now ride with cameras front and back.  A 3000 lumen and a 400 lumen front lights setup.  In the rear I have 110 and 100 lumen red lights on my seat post, a red light on the back of my helmet, and another on the left side of my bike.  

You have choices in life.  You can complain about it, feel sorry about it, or do something about it.  I chose the latter.  It doesn’t mean that I don’t do a little of the others though.  I want to be the change in the world that I want to see.  I have been volunteering with our local Bike & Pedestrian Council to help locally with bike safety.  We are currently working on a program to teach safety and provide lights in our community

Karin Weller

Turlock, CA

I’ve been an active cyclist and ultra-distance racer since 2014, and a Hammer Nutrition sponsored athlete since 2016. I’m the mother of three daughters, a wife, and an Oma.

 

With integrity, my mission is to have a life with purpose and meaning. To inspire, encourage, and embrace life to the fullest and to be able to challenge myself and others to persevere. To give more than I take.

David Sliwicki

Lake Forest, IL

Camilo Gutierrez

Boston, MA

Former Marine and Agile Product Director based in Boston,MA

Cycling has been a huge part of my life since I was a child. I saw my older cousin race inside a Velodrome and I was hooked.  I’ve also been running as well for a while and have completed 7 marathons and one 70.3 Ironman.  Safety is my number one priority whether I’m cycling or road running and even when I’m doing open water swim sessions. I would love to pass my passion and love for these sports to all that are interested including how to practice them safely. 

Samantha Goeke

Nashotah, WI

I’m a born and raised Wisconsinite, and after a brief stint in South Carolina, have come back home. I work as a physician assistant in OBGYN and will be celebrating 5 years of marriage soon with my high school sweetheart. I am an adult onset runner, cyclist, swimmer, and triathlete and couldn’t be more hooked ❤️ Besides spending lots of time out on the road running and biking, my favorite thing to do in the summer is go camping. 

Keith Fairfield

Clermont, FL

I’m a husband and father of two. I’m retired and now Funemployed as a Ride Ambassador for Trek Clermont Bicycle.  I’m also a Duathlete and Florida Bicycle Assoc. (FBA) certified ride leader. 😀

Jennifer Temperley

Manhattan Beach, CA

Jen is a Triathlon USAT Certified Coach, Personal Trainer, Competitive Triathlete, and member of Team Betty. A division 1 collegiate swimmer and a USAT top-ranked Triathlete, Jen has a passion for being outside & enjoying new adventures. She has been a 6×70.3 World Championship competitor, and a Kona IM finisher – but beyond that, she just loves the connections met during training & travel. As a married mother of two busy children, she understands that there are many facets to training, not the least of which is life balance. She believes time spent exercising will be multiplied back in terms of extra energy and a better ability to handle life’s ups and downs.   Being a cyclist for over 20 years, the nerves build-up for getting out on the road amongst distracted drivers.  Slow down, breathe, and unplug!!!

Katie Hamister

Cary, North Carolina

I’m a proud mom to two kids, executive director of Hamister Family Foundation, an artist, photographer & a triathlete. I like to think I have a sense of humor and always choose optimism over all else.

October 12, 2019 I was T-boned by a  driver with a pick up truck while training for my goal races of the season. I flew off my bike and landed on my left wrist and left glute. Breaking my acetabulum and other bones in my Pelvis, shattering my left wrist and pinkie requiring an extensive surgeries. I have one more surgery later in 2020. My crash was unreal. I was in the hospital and rehab hospital for three weeks.

What I learned in those weeks in the hospital…motorists are unaware of update laws. They do not understand that it is their responsibility to also know bike laws. I know this will happen to more of us and we can’t stop It, but I also know that by making drivers aware Of the laws And upholding the consequences to the motorist that these accidents can be avoided. That this can happen to less of us.

Being out in my bike is my happy place.

Cindy Fisher

Brunswick, ME

I’m a wife, mom, sister, daughter, aunt, friend, dog mom, and I ride and run outside. I’m part of It Could Be Me to make the roads safer for all cyclists, runners, dog walkers, everyone who uses the roads. 

I wish I could go to the bike summit but not this year. We do have a 3’ rule in Maine but not a lot of people pay attention to it. I was so happy when I was riding with my 30 year old son and he gave cyclists their 3 feet. 

I do wish we could educate cyclists to NOT ride 3 across and to wear helmets though!

Robert
Patterson

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

I am a husband, father and grandpa. I have been a runner and cyclist for to many years to count. I started competing in triathlons 5 years ago. I have competed locally, nationally and internationally. I have been a board member of our local tri club and continue to help anyway I can. I really enjoy helping others reach their goals.

Clint
Burfitt

Victoria, Australia

My first love is cycling both road and trails. I love endurance events to challenge me. I have done Everesting events to raise money for The Black Dog Institute, raising awareness for mental health.

I’ve also done the three peaks challenge falls creek ( road) and the Otway Odyssey (Mtb).

I’m now converting to triathlon and currently training for various events such as challenge Shepparton 70.3, ironman Melbourne 70.3, then April next year I’m aiming for Port Macquarie full Ironman.

I’ve been run off the road by drivers as I’m riding. It is super important that we work together to raise awareness for the safety of all those who use the road.

Amy
Curry

Houston, Texas

Amy got off the couch through a Couch to 5K program in January 2018 and hasn’t looked back. Since then she’s completed several sprint tris, 10ks, a 15k, and a half marathon. In 2020, her schedule includes another half marathon, her first olympic tri, and the MS150 — a 150 bike ride from Houston to College Station that supports Multiple Sclerosis. Having nearly been hit by a car in a crosswalk while running on a designated exercise path, Amy is committed to making the roads and designated exercise paths/trails safer for all. Amy has 3 kids, a bunch of pets, and a very patient husband!

Kristy Tomasello

Jacksonville,
Florida

I’m an avid distance runner that has a new found love for road cycling. I hope more people can find the happiness I have found with running and cycling.  Hiking and traveling are also a huge love of mine.  

Jan Stover

Melbourne, FL

Robin Smith

Lebanon, IN

I grew up in Las Cruces New Mexico the Land of Enchantment.  I grew up playing soccer and ran track in highschool.  Growing up I used to love running my dog and found running easy.  I married and later had three boys Zane, Aiden, and Brandon.  I divorced and put running aside.  I did however still stay very active.  I picked up biking, hiking, and roller blading.  I remarried in 2010 and moved to Indiana with my spouse of almost 10 years Thad Smith.  Since being in Indiana I have become more involved with trail running, biking, and running.  I am currently a member of Team Red, White, and Blue which helps local veterans.  I also joined a women’s group of triathletes called the Atomic Bettys.  I have now participated in a few triathlons as well as duathlons.  I am ready to share my knowledge and help out my community anyway I can.  My moto is keep on keeping on

Charles Marvin

Mount Holly, NJ

My name is Charles from NJ. I’ve only been road biking for the past 5 years, mainly to break up a lot of the running that I was doing. Using cycling to break up my runs gave me the idea to start doing duathlons which I like doing. I really enjoy getting out on the county roads by my home and enjoying the scenery. Luckily for me I haven’t had too many issues with motorists and would like to keep it that way. 

I look forward to being apart of the It Could Be Me family.

Lisa Carter-Rae

Ontario, Canada

 I am an age group triathlete, a mom, a wife, a Phys Ed and ESL  teacher, a member of Coeur Sports Collective Beat, a caregiver mentor for Imerman Angels, and recently had a total hip replacement at age 47.  (40s are the new 60s, ha ha ha!).  I am super scared now of cars on the road as a big fall could destroy my implant and my femur.  I continue to be angered and disappointed in how careless drivers are of our road space.  

Sheila Wallace

Fort Mill, SC

I’m a new triathlete!  Finished my very first sprint triathlon in June 2019 and fell in love!  Have been out of shape for years but finding triathlon is changing all of that!  I love biking and running and have become so aware of just how dangerous our roads are to athletes training and want to do my part to make people aware of the traffic laws.  It really could be me out there!

Natalia Flores

Charlotte,
North Carolina

Based in Charlotte, Natalia Flores serves as mentor and board member for Tri It For Life (TIFL), an organization inspiring women of all ages, sizes, backgrounds and abilities to develop healthy lifestyles and welcome them into the sport of triathlon. In 2020, alongside several TIFL members, Flores joined the #ItCouldBeMe family as an ambassador to help promote cyclist and pedestrian safety in her community. Her passion is to help more women (and young girls) to get active. She has served as a brand ambassador for Women for Tri, Coeur and TriTats and a volunteer coach for Girls on the Run. A native of Argentina, Flores is an award-winning public relations professional that excels at helping brands connect with multicultural audiences authentically. On most weekends, you can find Flores training with friends and family – including her husband and daughter, which are also triathletes.-

Michelle Afflito

Charlotte,
North Carolina

I grew up in NJ but have lived in the Carolinas for over 20 years. Running is my happy place. I also really enjoy cycling and the feeling I get when I’m riding. I began doing triathlons last year. Nothing is better than setting a goal with any of these sports and the feeling after accomplishing it. Triathlon has empowered me to choose not to give up in regards to the things I’ve had to overcome and instead embrace the challenges in my life.

I also enjoy most anything outdoors like hiking, camping, and spending time with my dogs. 

Kecia
Place-Fencl

Ames, Iowa

Hey there! As a multi IRONMAN finisher, I am grateful and lucky to have a spouse to swim/bike/run (and sometimes race) with. We love spending time on the open roads and support initiatives to help make the roads safer for everyone. I also enjoy snuggles with our two black labradors, yoga, reading, traveling, and outdoor adventures.

Brenda
Ewing

Waynesville, OH

Jenn
Mickus

Charlotte,
North Carolina

Jenn Mickus started her triathlon journey 3 years ago after joining Tri It For Life where she now mentors other women to become triathletes. She loves having the opportunity to spread the joy that triathlon brings her to others. She has trained and competed in several races (running, cycling, and triathlon) but also enjoys the sports as fun leisure activities. It’s a great way to make friends and stay active!

Jenn is thrilled to join the It Could Be Me movement as an ambassador! Making it home safely to her husband and two dogs is always on the forefront of her mind when out training, so she is excited to help spread awareness for cyclists and pedestrians.

When not out training or working, she can be found hiking, reading or binge watching something on Netflix with her family.  She is also passionate about good food and craft beer!

Laura Lavoie

Porstmouth, NH

I am a wife, mother, runner and triathlete who has been racing for a number of years, having completed 5ks to marathons as well as sprint and Olympic distance triathlons. I work a full-time job in corporate America and I am currently training for multiple triathlons this season with an Ironman in September. I’m an advocate for getting new athletes into triathlon as well as promote runner and cyclist safety by being an Ambassador for both ‘Fund Her Tri’ and ‘It Could Be Me’ as well as a mentor in the ‘Rise & Tri’ mentorship program.

Amanda
Moorhead

Fort Mill,
South Carolina

Amanda Moorhead, busy mom, full time HR professional and ambassador for living your best life. I recently became active with triathlons  – my first sprint triathlon was at the age of 48 and first half marathon at 50. I have found the older I got, the more I realize that I have focused most of my adult life on taking care of others – family, kids, work, friends. I made a conscious decision to start focusing on me. I joined a women’s triathlon group in Charlotte NC and begin my journey of becoming the best version of me. I found that getting active in swimming, biking and running – challenged me, push my physical limits, and made me really happy. As I became more active, I became keenly aware of the safety aspects of biking or running on our streets. There have been too many close calls with cars on highways – and #itcouldbeme is a great awareness campaign, network of advocates and organization to help push safety for all on our highways and streets.  I live in Fort Mill SC, I am a mentor with Tri It for Life, an athlete with Team Latitude 2020 and a proud ambassador for #itcouldbeme.

Kendall
Soule

Louisville, KY

My name is Kendall Soule and I’m a student at the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law. I learned to ride a bike when I was very young, but I didn’t start seriously riding until I joined the triathlon club at the University of Florida while getting my undergraduate degree. I love biking because it makes me feel strong, fast, and free. My favorite places that I’ve biked recently are in San Francisco, CA and Mexico City, MX. But my ultimate favorite place to ride is wherever ever we are safe as cyclists. I’m so excited to be a #itcouldbeme ambassador so I can help promote road safety and take action for policy change! 

Michelle Kennemer

Colony, TX

Hi! I’m Michelle Kennemer and I live in The Colony, Texas (a suburb of Dallas). I have been running 12 years and cycling for 8 years, I discovered triathlon 5 years ago and fell in love. I’ve done 3 Ironman races (Maryland, Chattanooga, and Wisconsin), and 3 half Ironman distance triathlons and I’m looking forward to another one later this year. I just ran my first ultra marathon – Black Canyon 60K – outside of Phoenix, it was a humbling experience, to say the very least. I’ve become more and more interested in cyclist and runner safety as the number of cars on the roads I ride and run have increased tremendously with the population growth in my area. I believe that there is room for all of us and a little education and awareness will go a long way. I am also a musician and when I’m not riding, running, or swimming I work as a music therapist in special education with students who have special needs.

Cindy Allen Perry

Sierra Vista, Arizona

The #itcouldbeme initiative really hits home for me, as I was hit by a car while running.  I want to do all that I can in my community to make the roads safer for everyone.  I am a mom, wife, nurse, and triathlete. There is no better place to be than outside and I want to help take away or minimize that fear when we are out there for that run or ride.

Lee Ann
Knight

New Castle, Oklahoma

I am Lea Ann Knight, a Texas girl, transplanted to Oklahoma City (OKC). I am a Christian warrior, a pediatric LPN, an avid cyclist, and a runner. I started cycling in 2015 with Tyler Bicycle Club and Fresh Racing, of Tyler, Texas. I was encircled and encouraged to step out of my comfort zones by my first and favorite Coach Cori Moore of iTri365. She saw my heart, inner strength, and determination to finish. She encouraged me to step away from my comfort zones and to run and not be afraid of the unknown. This community has given me a sense of belonging, family, and pride. I believe God has used cycling to bring me out of my shell and to be an encourager and an inspiration to others. I am invigorated by the friendships and the sisterhood that I have found in the multi-sport community. You never meet a stranger, and there are enriching voices everywhere. It is, to say the least inspiring. I love my time on the bike, and when you see me, I’m the girl with a big smile and singing, as the miles pass. I have competed in a multitude of runs, duathlons, and a few tris. I have been a member of The Collective Beat-Coeur Sports and The Tri Club of OKC for the ;ast twoyears.

In 2016, while out riding solo, I was nipped by a truck. The person caught my left arm with their side-view mirror. I was blessed to have only had a faint bruise and scratches. It made me more aware of my surroundings and more alert on the bike.

My favorite race was in 2018, “Race the Rail” in Watonga, OK. I was training for my first official half marathon and honestly forgot about this ride. The goal was to go out 16 miles, turn around and beat the train back to the start. It was cold and raining we were riding into the rain, and I found myself alone, I could not catch anyone nor keep up. I honestly cried, telling myself repeatedly to give up. At the turnaround, I was done. Then I noticed a lot of cyclists behind me. I was not last! I picked up my pace, crossing the finish line in the teeth-chattering cold. The announcer came over to me, calling me by name, I turned around to see him holding my trophy. I won! I did not beat the train, but I was the first woman to cross the finish line.

In 2018, I started taking notice of the injuries and deaths of my teammates and colleagues, which encouraged me to want to become a voice for our community, for It Could Be Me. One is too many; one day, it will stop.

I attend Rose State College in OKC, seeking my BSN. My hobbies include training and studying and encouraging others to reach their goals. #GODFIRST Psalms 27:4 @du_inspire

Kylie
Malanka

Prescott, Ontario

My love for the outdoors started pretty much the day I was born. My mom tells stores of me spending hours upon hours playing outside making mud pies in the summer and having the worlds longest scarf to keep me warm in the winter.  I was always on the move. Running, swimming, riding my bike, you name it. I was doing it. Our quiet county living in Canada allowed me to ski and play safety. I spent so much time running back and forth to the Neighbours house that my dad mowed a path in the hay field so we didn’t have to be on the road. I guess that is when it started. 

Fast forward what seems like a blink of an eye to a time where I am still living that exact same active life but now sharing it with my husband and 2 children. I now know why my dad made that path. 

Becoming one of the #itcouldbeme2020 ambassadors now gives me a bigger voice. I can now continue to raise awareness for safe roads while sharing them with our community and visitors. 

Our love of MTB, roadies, horse back riding, running and walking never starts without a silent “please let us be safe”. I have never looked at myself as an athlete, even though I have taken part in may long distance road ride, XC racing, and many 5km runs. I just like to encourage everyone around me to do there best, it’s your own race, and smile while meeting your goal and enjoying doing something you never believed you could do. 

Following me in my 2020 year as a #itcouldbeme2020 ambassador I hope I give you inspiration to set a new goal, try something new, and help spread awareness. Let’s strive to keep our roads safe for everyone, let’s get out and try something new, let’s enjoy being active. 

Bert Gallmon

Rochester, NY

I have been an athlete since 2005 when I started with 5K’s and my first marathon.  For the next couple of years I focused on just running and have done multiple marathons and half marathons throughout the North East.  After sometime, a friend introduced me to triathlon, and that is where I have been for the past 5 years.  Not only do I love being a triathlete, but I now am also a race director and loving this side as well.  The reason I wanted to join It Could Be Me is a simple one, every time I go for a run or bike ride outside there is at least one time that I come close to getting hit by a passing car.  I obey the rules, run on sidewalks and wear bright colored clothes, yet that doesn’t seem to help.  As a race director and athlete I want to make meaningful changes for my fellow athletes and this seemed to be one of the best ways to affect the change I want to see.  

Erica
Jansons

Hampden, MA

Erica Jansons is a 55 year old New Englander.  Running track in High School she was always an active person, but the knees would no longer support running.  Being that her husband & oldest son were avid cyclists, she decided to give road biking a try.  Starting in July of 2019 she fell in love with the activity.  She would ride around her VERY hilly terrain on her Cannondale hybrid but still could not keep up with her husband or son, she got a Specilized 4.0 Vado Ebike.  Cycling was now fun & still a workout.  This winter she got a Peloton bike for the off season to hopefully up her road biking game this summer.  She has had a few cars whiz by her on the road making her very aware of her vulnerability on the road, and since found Triny & “It Could Be Me” on Facebook.  She has now decided to help the cause in her New England town and hopes to make motorists aware of this vulnerability with cyclists & runners and as well as teaching cyclists the proper road manners to help keep motorists frustrations at a minimum.  She’s just waiting for the warm weather to hit the roads once again. 

Kim Schneider

Westlake Village, CA

Carly Domingues

Ontario, Canada

I live in a small town in Ontario, Canada, with my husband, cats, dogs and fish.

I am a runner and triathlete, so much of my training time is spent on the rural roads around my town. Worrying about my own safety while running or biking shouldn’t be an issue, so helping to support the great message of It Could Be Me just makes sense.

Mechelle Lara

San Antonio, TX

Ultrarunner, cyclist, triathlete, business owner and licensed massage therapist. 

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