More OUTSTANDING results from BTMS adult athletes!

The rest of September continued as a great month for BTMS athletes of all ages!

We sent two of our elite athletes to Buffalo, NY to race at the Nickel City Triathlon, which was a pro card qualifier. Kristi Johnson (Phoenix, AZ) had the race of her life, with a brand new PR by 7 minutes, which was good enough to earn her pro card! Kristi is now the only second* American female professional triathlete in the Valley that is able to race any triathlon as a professional (please see the bottom of the blog post for a correction to this)! Kristi’s performance is even more impressive considering she raced against the Elite Development Race field of females since the actual EDR was canceled, with its participants put into the non-drafting field.

Kai Karlstrom (Chicago, IL) also had a great race, finishing 12th overall against the Elite Development Race field with a 35:21 10-km run off the bike, which was good enough for the 2nd fastest run split of the day! This was Kai’s first full season of triathlon and his third Olympic distance triathlon he’s ever done!

Andrea Hart also raced at the Hy-Vee Triathlon in early September, winning her AG with a solid 2:29… great job Andrea!

A quick update on Mike Thomson: his performance at the USAT Age Group Nationals earned him a spot on Team USA for the 2012 AG World Championships!

Ironman Wisconsin really tested the BTMS athletes that were on course. Christine Davis gutted out (pun intended) some GI issues on the bike and run to finish her third Ironman and Joel Harner completed the event in 12:00 after suffering a concussion during the swim and Jeff Mote had a solid day finishing his second Ironman!

At Nathan’s Tempe Triathlon, Beth Kovatch finished her first ever Olympic distance triathlon, which was an outstanding accomplishment! Ryan Petry also raced at Nathan’s; he won his age group and finished 6th overall in an early season race! We are expecting big things out of Ryan in 2012!

Keep up the great work Break Through athletes!

*Correction (3:45PM 1OCT2011): to clarify,  As of September 16, 2011, USA Triathlon published a list of athletes that meet their criteria to be a professional triathlete, which is defined by USAT as “this license is for athletes wishing to race as an elite in any USAT sanctioned event at any distance (from sprint to ultra) and format (triathlons, duathlons, off road events, winter events, etc.). This license costs $39 and expires December 31 of the year in which it was issued” and can be found here: ( According to that USA Triathlon list, there is only one (1) female American professional triathletes in the Phoenix area whom hold a “triathlete license” as of September 16th, 2011, with Kristi earning her card on September 24th, 2011.

The second American female is Kathy Rakel, in Litchfield Park. To round out the complete list of ALL female triathletes in the valley is Angie Axmann, whom is German. The word is, Amy Kloner has also moved to Phoenix, but that has NOT been updated through USAT.  For the complete list of professional triathletes (as of Septmber 16, 2011), as determined by USA Triathlon, please visit here: and look for the link titled “2011 Elite License Holders 9.16.2011″ or click here to download the pdf:

If the USA Triathlon list is not accurate, please contact me and let me know:

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