Santa Clarita Triathlon Club
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Club Officers and Bios


 

Chris Wegner, Board Member (President):

 

From the age of 4 through college Chris has been active playing Soccer, Basketball, Martial Arts, Downhill Mountain Biking, Swimming and Track. Back in 2003 he was inspired by “Team Hoyt” to attempt a sprint distance triathlon.  He was hooked because of the personnel satisfaction, accomplishment and the people in the sport. "It's amazing to see how this sport has grown in the last 10 years. Triathletes are a unique breed & the sport cultivates a lifestyle". It's really a way of life & having my family support makes it more complete!" Chris enjoys competing for the "fun of it" & helping others grow in the sport. In his spare time he enjoys the company of his wife and 3 boys.

 

Chris’ favorite quote:  “Don’t judge a person by how many times they have fallen, but rather by how many times they have gotten back up”  Emil Schilling 

 

Email: christopher_wegner@yahoo.com

 

   

Wendy Hahn, Board Member (Vice President & Merchandise):


Wendy retired in December 2006 from 26 years as a California Highway Patrol Officer.  After a few years of inactivity, she got bored and decided to take a class to train for a triathlon.  Her first race was a sprint in 2009 at Bonelli, where I took second place in my age group.  This was easy and fun...she was hooked!

 

Her husband, Eric and she joined the SC Tri Club in 2010, and she was asked to step into the vice-president position in 2012.

She has completed 2 half Ironman races and is training for her first full Ironman in Arizona, in November, 2013.

 

She spends much of her non-training time volunteering for the Canyon Theater Guild as a costumer, and has a small home-based craft business, The Crafting Cronies, with 2 girlfriends.

 


Email: Wendy9926@aol.com

 

 

 

 

Greg Foerstal, Board Member (Membership)


Greg has been cycling for over 30 years. He joined the Tri club in 2013 after riding with the Sunday Fun Ride group for a while. Quote: What a great group of genuine people.... some crazy. Crazy is contagious, he now rides long distance and double centuries from a challenge.


Email: foerstelgreg@gmail.com

       

 

 

Ursula Bowling, Board Member (Treasurer):

 

Ursula has been a tri club member since its inception in May 2009 and helped with the initial financial and corporate set up of the club.

 

She currently owns Always On Accounting, Inc. in Valencia offering accounting, cash management and bookkeeping services.

 

She has enjoyed triathlon since early 2003 when someone at her gym said "Let's go do an Ironman."  

 

She was inspired by Sister Madonna Buder and stories like Dick and Ricky Hoyt.  She feels very fortunate over the years to have wonderful training partners and friends to share this sport with.

 

After completing her Ironman goals from 2005 - 2014, she has a new passion for ultra and trail running and looks forward to exploring more of that world.








Dave Berkey, Board Member (Secretary):

Dave joined the SCTC in 2014 after riding with the Saturday morning intermediate riders for several months.  Though he doesn’t expect to do a triathlon, he will never say never.  As an avid runner for 20+ years, Dave completed 13 marathons, numerous half marathons, three 12-person, 190+-mile west coast relays, and lots of 5 and 10K races.  Eventually transitioning to cycling, Dave usually does 2 – 4 centuries a year and can usually be found on his bike on Saturday mornings in and around the SCV. 

 

Dave is a long time participant and fundraiser for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society through its Team in Training (TNT) program.  After 12 consecutive years at the Virginia Beach Rock ‘n Roll ½ Marathon in support of TNT, he has now completed 5 century rides for TNT, the last 4 at America’s Most Beautiful Bike Ride (AMBBR) in Lake Tahoe in June.  The last 3 years, he has been an Assistant Coach for the LA Chapter’s Red Team, pacing, instructing, motivating, and entertaining new and intermediate riders to complete this incredibly beautiful century ride.

Lisa Valenti, Board Member (Sponsorship):


Lisa is a founding board member of the tri club since its inception in May 2009. 

After swimming in college, Lisa started competing in triathlon.

Participating in all distances.

Lisa accomplishments include 3 participations at the Ironman World Championship in Kona, Hawaii.

Lisa is ASCA (American Swimming Coach) certified and leads club swim clinics and enjoys coaching all ages especially those new to triathlons.


Email: lisavalenti@sbcglobal.net









 

  Marcelo Gaete, Board Member (Training):  

 

Growing up in Chile, Marcelo naturally was passionate for playing soccer and the outdoors.   This paved the way to develop an interest in mountain biking in 2002.  After a couple of years participating on XC and Downhill races, a buddy talked him into doing his first triathlon at Malibu.   This opened the portal to triathlon realm that lead to his first Ironman in Arizona in 2008.  After experiencing his first Ironman, he swore to never do another one again.  He decided to return to mountain biking and soccer.   After a couple of years, he joined the SC Tri Club and “met many crazy people with even crazier challenges” to test their limits.   This intrigued him to challenge himself to start doing endurance sports.  Sooner than he thought, not only did he two more Ironman, but has completed five 50 miler ultra-marathons and one 100 miler.

 

As part of the SC Tri Club, Marcelo hopes to inspire others as other SC Tri members has inspired him and help other athletes.

 

 

Email: mhgz@msn.com



 

Erin Lay, Board Member (Social Director)

       


 

 


 

Paul Newberry, (Web News and Administrator)

 

Paul first came to triathlon in 2005. With no background in endurance sports there was quite a learning curve: What bike to get?  Learn to ride with clipless pedals and not fall down . Learn to swim.  What clothes to wear during an event? What workouts pay the most dividends?  A wetsuit?  Why do i need a wetsuit?

Paul 's favorite events are local and well run fast races such as the Malibu, Castaic, Breath of Life, Bonelli, Santa Barbara, IronBruin and Playa del Rey Triathlons. To mix things up In the balmy california winters  Paul trains and takes part in the Los Angeles Marathon.

 

Paul is married with two grown children and is very thankful he was able relocate to Los Angeles from Phoenix AZ.   

 


Email: newberry007@hotmail.com

     
     


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Participation in Santa Clarita Triathlon Club events (playing, training, racing, etc.) is at your own risk. The sport of triathlon and its component parts are an extreme test of a person's physical and mental limits. Each member and participant acknowledges and assumes the risk of death, serious injury, property loss, etc. Medical clearance before participation is encouraged.

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