2014 Athlete Bios
2014 Ultraman World Championships
Katherine Calder-Becker , F50, Montreal, Quebec, CANADA
Occupation: Art Director
Races: 4th time Ultraman. 2012 Ultraman Canada finish time 27:54:36. 2012 Ironman Lanzarote, Ironman Mont Tremblant, 2011 Ultraman Canada.
Entering Ultraman because: I love to face the fear of ultra-distance challenges, overcome them, and rejoice in the accomplishment. Ultraman racing has allowed me to truly ‘scrape’ the bottom of my ‘soul’… and drag my family along for the ride! Hope to be given the chance to chase my husband around the Big Island again at 50!
CREW: Swim Escort: Jamie Pardeau Land Crew: Ardis Bow, Tim Robert
|Kevin Becker, M50, Montreal, Quebec, CANADA
Races: 4th time Ultraman. 2012 Ultraman Canada finish time 27:00:24. 2011 Ultraman Canada. 2012 Ironman Lanzarote, Ironman Mont Tremblant.
Entering Ultraman because: I love to challenge myself to see what lies deep within… Love the Aloha, Ohana & Kokua of the Ultraman – it’s my family vacation! Hope to be given the chance to chase my wife around the Big Island again at 50!
CREW: Swim Escort: Bo Pardeau Land Crew: David Ahrens, Amanda Weil
|Laurie Beers, F60, Kailua-Kona, HI, USA
Races: 6th time Ultraman. 2011 Ultraman World Championships finish time 32:12:12. 2012 Monster Mango finish time 14:00:00. 2010 Ironman World Championships finish time 12:31:08. 9 Ironmans, 10 Alii Challenge Swims, 20+ years of marathon running, 23+ years of triathlon training and racing, possibly the oldest woman beach lifeguard in the state of Hawaii.
Entering Ultraman because: I like this training and racing distance and the treat of doing it on this island. They last longer and I like the training. This event is a total treat!
CREW: Paddlers – Joy & Brad Ferren, Land Crew -Ellis Andrews, Phil Makin
|Keith Bergh, M27, Portland, OR, USA
Occupation: Financial Analyst
Races: 3rd time Ultraman. 2012 Ultraman Canada finisher (26:04:24); 2011-2013 Ironman Coeur d’Alene finisher; 2013 Ironman Lake Tahoe; 5x Boston Marathon.
Entering Ultraman because: I love UM HI! No where else in the world can you go to hell in a race (physically/emotionally/mentally) in absolute paradise. I do ultra-distance sports to push myself beyond what I think is possible, and to inspire those around me to do more and be active. Having the added benefit of friends and family for support is incredible. Just the other day I got my Ultraman Tattoo, and underneath I got the Bible Verse 2 Cor. 12:10, which states: “That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am WEAK, then I am STRONG.” That is so true in this race — you get broken down to nothing, only to leave the island stronger than before. Going through ultra races makes everyday life that much easier.
CREW: Swim Escort: Linda Greentree; Land Crew: Chip Bergh, Vito Bialla, Ben Bialla
|Karen Brown, F46, Littleton, CO, USA
Occupation: Real Estate Coach
Races: 1st time Ultraman World Championships. 2012 IM World Championships, 2014 IM Texas.
Entering Ultraman because: I do ultra distance sports to feed my soul. To see what I am capable of and continue learning how me and my fellow human beings are wired, so that we can realize our full potential. When I am training for goals like this, I find I am at my best because Iam growing, learning and becoming better every day. This also translates to the rest of my life and what I am able to give to others who are looking for the answers to the same questions. This is universal and I love helping others find their path to their true potential and empowering them to take it.
CREW: Swim Escort: Crystal Seeley Crew: Crystal Seeley, Erin Hess, Alicia Kratt
|Ernest Castella, M45, Barcelona, SPAIN
Races: 1st time Ultraman World Championships. 2012 Ultraman UK finish time 27:00:24.
Entering Ultraman because: I want to go to the ultraman hawaii because is the dream of my life.i,m sportman who loves the sport. The sport is my life . I hane any coach, ihave not dietitian either a psicologist. I belive the sport is simple….and i belive that the essence of the pure sport is the ultraman.
CREW: Swim Escort: Rafael Ramirez Crew: Oscar Redon, Jorge Juan Pueyo, Rafael Sanchez Mores, Rafael Mesa Martinez
|Stephen Cosgrove, M51, Kailua-Kona, HI, USA
Occupation: Senior IST
Races: 1st time Ultraman World Championships. 2012 Ultraman 5 70.3 ironman triathlons 6 half marathons 1 marathon
Entering Ultraman because: Since moving to big island I have become a dedicated triathlete. I have progressed from olympic distance to full ironman distances. I have trained with athletes who have done ultra man and they say that is one of the greatest accomplishments to have finished. I would be fulfilling a long time dream to finish. The people and atmosphere are what make the race such a draw to want to compete in it.
CREW: Swim Escort: Jason Nixon Crew: Karen Cosgrove, Susan Nixon, Rachel Gillis, Ricci Racela
|Juan Craveri , M46, Buenos Aires, ARGENTINA
Occupation: Business Owner
Races: 6th time Ultraman. 2012 Ultraman World Championships finish time 27:55:09; 2011 Ultraman World Championships finish time 31:14:15, 2011 Ultraman United Kingdom finish time 30:18:56, 2011 Ultraman Canada 30:19:16, BR135 Ultramarathon 2013 & 2014, 2012 Ironman NYC, Ironman Mont Tremblant, Ironman Lanzarote.
Entering Ultraman because: More distance, less people. Love Ultraman family.
CREW: Swim Escort: Christine O’Gorman Land Crew: Jen McVeay, Patrick Castello, Matt Ward
|Jochen Dembeck, M47, Cologne, GERMANY
Occupation: Supply Chain Manager
Races: 4th time Ultraman. 2013, 2009, 1999 Ultraman World Championships finisher (2009–24:25:31).
Entering Ultraman because: I love Big Island — Ultraman is like conquering that beauty! Meeting again the Ultra Distance Ohana is thrilling 🙂
CREW: Swim Escort: Annalee Akagi Land Crew: Judith Dembeck, Julie Vernon
|Brian Fredley , M46, Daytona Beach, FL, USA
Occupation: Business Owner
Races: 1st time Ultraman World Championships, 2014 Ultraman Florida time 26:44 10th overall.
Entering Ultraman because: I love the challenge and to test my physical and mental limits, I met so many wonderful friends in the Florida event that I found are wired very similar to myself which is wonderful to share the experience with. The group dynamic is amazing.. Such a great event.
CREW: Swim Escort: John Roberts Land Crew: Alexis Martin, Art Zimmer, Chip Carovac
|Tony Horton , M51, Mermaid Beach, QLD, AUSTRALIA
Occupation: Risk Manager
Races: 1st time Ultraman World Championships, UMC 2012 UMC 2014, Race Director Ultraman Austrailia.
Entering Ultraman because:
CREW: Swim Escort: Dick & Sue Roberts Land Crew: Jodi Mucha, Adrian Walton
|John Howerton , M34, Kailua-Kona, HI, USA
Races: 1st time Ultraman World Championships, 2014 Team Mango Monster. Mini Mango, Honu, Lavaman.
Entering Ultraman because: 4 years ago I was very sick with little desire to exist. I heard about Ultraman on twitter and decided to change my life and focus on health. One year later I’d kicked all my meds, told my family I was moving, tied up loose ends, sold my possessions and moved to the Big Island (2011) to pursue the Ultraman Journey. That’s the short version.
CREW: Swim Escort: Richard Everett Land Crew: Glen Parsons, Doug Dollinger
|Scott James, M46, Springfield, OR, USA
Occupation: Triathlon Coach
Races: 4th time Ultraman. 2013 Ultraman World Championship finisher. 2012, 2011 Ultraman Canada finisher (2012–28:38:04); 2011, 2010 Ironman Coeur d’Alene finisher; 2012, 2011, 2010 McKenzie River Trail Run 50k; 2010 Autumn Leaves 50k Trail Run; 2010 Cascade Lakes Swim Festival
Entering Ultraman because: Each Ultraman has been a learning experience. I’m looking forward to spending time with my friends and family!
CREW: Swim Escort: Clark Willcox; Land Crew: David James, Rick Putnam, Kelly Putnam
|Andre Kajlich, M35, Edmonds, WA, USA
Races: 1st time Ultraman. 2014 Ultraman Canada, Brazil 135.
Entering Ultraman because: Ultraman Canada was spectacular and the people involved were just as incredible. I have to do more!
CREW: Swim Escort: Peter Knudson & Mark Wormley ; Land Crew: Marco, Lisa Walker, Peter Knudson
|Peter Kotland , M42, Moore, SC, USA/CZECHOSLOVAKIA
Races: 4th time Ultraman World Championships, Holds Ultraman World Championships run course record (5:33:57), UMWC Champion 1997, UMWC 2008, 2009, IM Texas 2014.
Entering Ultraman because: This is the race of Truth. Personal Challenge/punishment. Amazing People. What’s not to like?
CREW: Swim Escort: Jeff King Land Crew: Sarah Egan, Jeff King, Mike Rice
|Miro Kregar, M52, Kamnik, SLOVENIA
Races: 8th time Ultraman finisher. 1st Place 2013 Ultraman World Championship. 3 times second place overall, 2 times third place – PB 22:35, Finished 21 Ironmans – PB 8:52.
Entering Ultraman because: This is sport for older people… 🙂 I love to run and feel the heat on lava field.
CREW: Swim Escort: Derinda Thatcher and Rick Merschdorf; Land Crew: Quickie Watt, Marcus Hultgren
|Nick Logan , M33, Norwalk, CT, USA
Races: 1st time Ultraman World Championships, 2014 Ultraman Florida 3rd overall, 2013 ITU Age Group World Championships(Sprint/Olympic), 2013 Rev3 Quassy Revolution(Olympic Saturday/ Half Iron Sunday) 2012 Pumpkinman Challenge (Sprint Saturday/Half Iron Sunday) 2011 North Face Endurance Challenge 50 mile run.
Entering Ultraman because: I do ultra events to see what I am capable of and see how far I can push my limits. After completing Ultraman Florida in February I know I have only scratched the surface and there are more great things to come. Prior to competing earlier this year I had always read about the sense of camaraderie between the athletes and I was lucky enough to witness it first hand. The bonds I made with my new friends over the weekend are truly special to me and will last me the rest of my life.
CREW: Swim Escort: Glee Jewell Land Crew: Erica Logan, Adam Ellenstein, Jeremy Howard
|Vanuza Regina Maciel, F44, Curitiba, BRAZIL
Occupation: Triathlon Coach
Races: 4 times finish Ultraman World Championship in Hawaii. 2013 3rd overall female. 2014 only woman to participate in the event UB515, first proof Ultra distance in South America, completing in fifth place overall. 2nd place category B Damas El Cruce Columbia in 2014 (100km Trail Run.)
Entering Ultraman because: Able to participate again in the Ultraman World Championship is a blessing. This proof is magic, the family and Ultraman Hawaii are wonderful. I always thank for once again be able to overcome my limitations and be in the company of these people!
CREW: Swim Escort: Jennifer McDaniel Land Crew: Captain – Janaina Belém, Marcelo Bruni
|Iona MacKenzie , F42, Calgary, Alberta, CANADA
Races: 2nd time Ultraman World Championships, 2007 UM Hawaii, 2013 UM Canada, Gold Rush 70 hr Adventure Race 2013, Ironman Los Cabos 2013, Whistler 50 mile run 2012.
Entering Ultraman because: UM Hawaii is my favourite race. I would be training for this while working at a sub-arctic diamond mine and living in northern Canada.
CREW: Swim Escort: Dona Martinson & Nancy Collins Land Crew: Elayne Clewett (crew chief), Ray Duran, Kate Little-Coe, Paulette Little-Coe, Claudine Lee
|Giancarlo Matarazzo , M53, Sao Paulo, BRAZIL
Occupation: Business Administration
Races: 1st time Ultraman World Championships, 2012 Ultraman Canada time 26:39:24 6th overall, Ironman Hawaii 2010, 2011 Ironman Brazil 2010, 2011, 2013
Run: Bertioga-Maresias` run race (75km)
Entering Ultraman because: I love the Ultraman`s atmosphere. The way we treat everyone during and after the race as a family.
CREW: Swim Escort: Veronique Poli Land Crew: Suzanne Shriner, Todd Weinmann, Natalia Matarazzo
|Yasuko Miyazaki, F37, Saitama, JAPAN
Occupation: Triathlete/Office Worker
Races: 2nd time Ultraman World Championships, 2102 Ultraman World Championships time 26:21:28 6th overall, 2012 Ultraman United Kingdom Women’s Champion finish time 28:01:42
Entering Ultraman because: I like endurance sports. Triathlon is individual sport but ULTRAMAN is team sport, so I like it.
CREW: Swim Escort: Weston Kile & Aya Hasegawa Land Crew: Toshi Mochizuki, Atsushi Ohkawa, Aya Hasegawa
|Peter Mueller, M52, Kloten, SWITZERLAND
Occupation: Flight Attendant
Races: 8th time Ultraman. 2013, 2012, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2001, 2000 Ultraman World Championships finisher (2012–26:21:48); 2012 Zurich marathon; 2011 Las Vegas marathon; 2011 24th International Self-Transcendence Marathon Swim (26.4km), Zurich, Switzerland.
Entering Ultraman because: To enjoy life even more intense – in a beautiful environment. Once ULTRAman Hawaii–forever ULTRAman Hawaii!
CREW: Swim Escort: Tina Flowers, Elliot Parsons; Land Crew: Kerri Tobin, Brad Wolfe
|Antonio Nascimento, M44, Sao Domingos de Rana, PORTUGAL
Occupation: Technical Manager
Races: 3rd time Ultraman. Ironman Lanzarote 2014, Half Ironman Lisboa and Caminha 2014, Barcelona Marathon 2014.
2012 Ultraman United Kingdom finisher (7th overall)(30:58:36); 2012 Pro Runner Ultramarathon 300km; 2012 Lisbon International Triathlon, 2012 Paris Marathon; 2012 Barcelona Marathon.
Entering Ultraman because: They challenge our limits and prove that everything is possible with hard work, discipline and commitement. Also, to motivate my athletes to fight for their dreams and goals.
CREW: Swim Escort: Pym Avery; Land Crew: Ana Guimaraes, Meire Cezario, Filipa Vicente, Robson Oliveira
|Tony O’Keeffe , M53, Colorado Springs, CO, CANADA
Races: 6th time Ultraman. 2012 Ultraman World Championships finish time 25:56:29 4th overall, 2008 Ultraman World Championships finish time 22:31:54. UMWC 2002, 03, 04, 08, 12, Solo RAAM 2010, 4th place overall.
Entering Ultraman because: A life’s work in progress. I enjoy training and racing, the longer the better.
CREW: Swim Escort: Paul O’Dell Land Crew: Jackie Cowley, Andre Boucher, Paul O’Dell, Jay Cowley
|Pedro Paixao, M41, Weston, FL, USA
Occupation: VP Sales
Races: 1st time Ultraman World Championships, 2014 Ultraman Florida time 28:18:13 12th overall.
Entering Ultraman because: I can’t really explain it is the honest answer to such a simple question. I think it has more to do with what the Ultraman is in and of it self, and not so much about me, or what I want. I can honestly say that participating in UMFL 2014 was one of the hardest things I have ever done in my life, but at the same time the most rewarding. What shocks me the most is that I still can’t grasp its full impact on me, or find the words to really describe it. The reason may well be because the Ultraman is deeply contradictory.Contradictory because it was supposed to be a race, and in races you are out for yourself, the other athletes are your opponents, and opponents are to be defeated. But this is the Ultraman, as much a race as any other, but also a journey that you share with your best buddies. Contradictory because it was supposed to be physical, we are swimming, biking and running for hours on end. But this is the Ultraman, and the physical is as important as the spiritual. Believing I could go on when my body was aching, and my ankle was swollen like a tennis ball, or pushing just a bit harder when sanity was telling me to stop. Contradictory because I smiled even when I cried. It happened a couple of times, but the most touching was when one of the crews offered me water and my crew was nowhere to be found. A simple gesture for sure, but in the isolation of the road, the eerie fog and the rain, one that was deeply touching. Not only for a body that needed H2O, but also for a mind that craved for human contact. This is the Ultraman, a crew that should be there to support your competitors, to make sure they best you, but selflessly cares and cheers for you just as hard, and just as passionately. This is the Ultraman, a war of opposing emotions, of extreme pain and extreme bliss. It will find your weakness and you will find your strength.
Why do I want to do it? How could I not want to do something that brings out the best in me?
CREW: Swim Escort: Brandon Bramm Land Crew: Nuno Mantinhas (crew chief), Joao Horta, Tito Avila, Cesar Navarrete
|Roland Patzina, M48, Kempten, Bavaria, GERMANY
Races: 10th time Ultraman. 2013 Ultraman World Championships finisher (31:18:04); 2012 Ultraman World Championships finisher (33:22:06); 2011 Ultraman World Championships finish time 31:24:37; 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2004 UMWC; 2009 Triple Ultra Triathlon Lensahn, Triple Ironman Germany 11 times in sequence (German Record) best time 49:32:02, 6 Double Ironman, 2010 Lanzarote Solo-deca-triathlon challenge.
Entering Ultraman because: For my age is the best sport. Ultraman and the people of Hawaii are like my family.
CREW: Swim Escort: Danielle Behnke; Land Crew: Paul Aguirre, Kari Pieparila, Margaret Haderle
|Craig Percival, M43, South Melbourne, Victoria, AUSTRALIA
Races: 1st time Ultraman World Championships, 2013 Ultraman Canada time 23:16:20 3rd overall.
Entering Ultraman because: Love the Ohana of Ultraman plus of course physical and mental challenge.
CREW: Swim Escort: Julian Bailey Land Crew: Julian Bailey, Shane Downey, Mark Turner
|Matthew Phelan, M37, Cerne Abbas, Doreset, GREAT BRITAIN
Races: 1st time Ultraman World Championships, 2013 Ultraman UK, Alpe d’Huez Triathlon, Challenge Copenhagen, The Wall Ultramarathon, Artemis Quadrathon.
Entering Ultraman because: I relish the physical and mental challenges of ultradistance events and the camaraderie between your fellow athletes and teams. UMUK had a profound effect on me last year. It was a humbling experience and gave me a greater perspective on ones own achievements and of others around me. Ultraman epitomises all the challenges and expectations that I relish in sports and showed me the true essence of reliance on others to achieve ones own goals. What appears to be an individual sport on the outside is in fact the true team event.
CREW: Swim Escort: Linda Kaiser Land Crew: Leonora Phelan, Morne Phelan and Marina Phelan
|Sylvia Ravaglia, F37, HI, USA
Occupation: Horse trainer/Riding Instructor
Races: 1st time Ultraman World Championships, 2014 Team Mango Monster.
Entering Ultraman because: For the Fun! Having made this island my home ten years ago I can think of no better way to celebrate it then by encircling it with my effort and the support and help of my family. Plus I am highly motivated by shirts and will do nearly anything for one except perhaps go to the store and buy it.
CREW: Swim Escort: Wendy Minor Land Crew: Mark Ravaglia, Brian Conners
|Martin Raymond, M52, Cumberland, Ontario, CANADA
Occupation: Fitness & Sports Instructor
Races: 11th time Ultraman. 2013 Ultraman World Championships finisher (31:25:32);2012 Ultraman World Championships finisher (31:45:16); 2011 Ultraman World Championships finish time 30:09:32; 2010, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003 UMWC
Entering Ultraman because: It is the true event that requires all aspects of human competition.
CREW: Swim Escort: Sherri Carney; Land Crew: Staci Studer, Russ & Karen Mullen
|Valenti Gumbau Sanjuan , M33, Barcelona, SPAIN
Occupation: Presentador de TV
Races: 1st time Ultraman World Championships, Este 2013 corri un Ironman, un Ultraman, la Ultra Cavalls del Vent de 100KM, la Maraton de Amsterdam, dos Extrememan y un Ironmna 70.3.
Pero de lo que estoy mas orgulloso es de #ElCaminoDeSanjuan: 600KM en bici y 800 corriendo en un total de 13 dias desde Barcelona hasta Santiago de Compostela
Entering Ultraman because:
CREW: Swim Escort: Julia Lester Land Crew: Pym Avery
|Stacey Shand, F35, Regina, CANADA
Occupation: Research Consultant
Races: 3rd time Ultraman. 2012, 2013 Ultraman Canada finisher; Badwater, MdS, 2012 Ironman Mont Tremblant finisher; 2012 Marathon des Sables.
Entering Ultraman because: I learned that Ultraman welcomes you into an epic family; I had no idea when I registered for my first one. Now, I want to build on that relationship at the WORLD level! I love the Ultraman Family!
CREW: Swim Escort: George Abood; Land Crew: Will Rogers, Luke Way
|Julie Shelley, F38, Bondi Junction, New South Wales, AUSTRALIA|
Occupation: Head of IT
Races: 1st time Ultraman World Championships, 2014 Ultraman Florida time 25:33:05 6th overall, 1st female
Entering Ultraman because:
CREW: Swim Escort: Karen Crawford & Don Coskran Land Crew: Dan Shelley, Alyssa Godesky, Katie Luther/td>
|Dene’ Sturm, F50, Kailua-Kona, HI, USA
Occupation: Office Manager
Races: 2nd time Ultraman. 2013 Ultraman World Championships finisher (33:34:34);2013 Monster Mango Long-Course Triathlon 1st Overall Finisher, 13:10:15!; 2010, 2013 Ironman World Championship finisher…
Entering Ultraman because: Finishing Ultraman World Championships 2013 was what I say is an experience of a lifetime. Friends asked me after I finished if I would do it again and my reply was always the same, “In a heartbeat. Inspirational quote: The only impossible journey is the one you never begin. This event has had my attention since I crewed for an athlete years ago. I have also volunteered for this race. I love the feeling of camaraderie and the sense of family it creates. To me this race feels like the ultimate athletic event, and it would be an honor to be part of it again.
CREW: Swim Escort: Jessica Marcotte; Crew Chief: Doug Henbest; Land Support:
|Meredith Terranova, F40, Austin, TX, USA
Occupation: Sports Nutritionist
Races: 1st time Ultraman World Championships, 2014 Ultraman Florida time 27:43:37 16th overall.
Entering Ultraman because: Ultra-distance races are so very different from any other race because it is more than a race it is a community. I love being part of this community. Additionally, the soul of the water and trail make me feel alive. I have such gratitude while I am racing and love celebrating the gifts I have been given. Why Ultraman? When I was told about Ultraman my friend, Mark, said that all of what I love about trail runs is x10 during Ultraman. Well, it beyond lived up to that and more. The community is amazing and to be able to test your limits as an individual and be part of such a team at the same time is something I long to do again…and in Hawaii, wow!
CREW: Swim Escort: Rebecca Dewhirst & Karen Silva Land Crew: Paul Terranova, Sarah Dillingham, Todd Dillingham
|Gary Wang, M46, Corte Madera, CA, USA
Races: 14th time Ultraman. 2013 Ultraman World Championships finisher (27:58:09);2012 Ultraman World Championships finisher (26:35:30); 2001 – 2013 Ultraman World Championships finisher; 13 times Western States 100 Finisher.
Entering Ultraman because: To see my true self under stress. To be a better person. To give others what I can. To know that I am so lucky to have wonderful friends. To share the aloha with those who need the most.
CREW: Swim Escort: KC Yund Land Crew: Jackie Hoffman, Sherri Carney
|Kathy Winkler, F48, Mill Valley, CA, USA
Races: 4th time Ultraman. 2014 Wildflower, 2014 Honu 70.3, 2012 Ultraman World Championships finish time 25:57:56 5th overall, 2010 Ultraman World Championships finish time 25:36:23. 2011 Ironman World Championships 10:33:35.
Entering Ultraman because: I think I have another in me! After competing at World’s 70.3, the crowd is so different. I miss the ohana.
CREW: Swim Escort:Peter McIntosh & Franklin Marcus Land Crew: Peter McIntosh, Duane Franks, Dorette Franks
|Tobias Winnemoeller , M35, Neuss, Intl State, GERMANY
Races: 1st time Ultraman World Championships, My fastet IM distance time has been an 8:50 in Roth 2009. In Kona I finished 3 times top 100, missed it only when I first participated in 2005. In 2010 I came in 76th.
Overall I did 14 IM distance races and finished the Inferno triathlon 3 times. .
Entering Ultraman because:
CREW: Swim Escort: Tim Wiley & Wendy Daniels Land Crew: Fredo Duran, Wendy Daniels, Tim Wiley