At the start of the #50WomenToKona movement, a core group came forward to form TriEqual. They have been joined by many volunteers and supporters and continue to look for others to help champion the cause.

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Hillary Biscay

Hillary is a 66x iron-distance finisher with over 30 top-five overall finishes to her credit. She got her start in triathlon through four years of amateur racing while pursuing a PhD in English, which she put on hold in 2005 to take a chance on “making it” as a professional triathlete. Ten years later, she hasn’t looked back.

Hillary won her first Ironman title in Wisconsin 2008 in a notable fashion: it was her 31st attempt, and just one week after racing another ironman, finishing just minutes out of the win there. In 2013, Hillary won the Ultraman World Championship (a 320-mile race around the Big Island of Hawaii, comprised of a 6.2-mile swim and 90-mile bike on Day One, a 172-mile bike on Day Two, and a 52.4-mile double marathon on Day Three), finishing third amongst the men as well.

Hillary is the co-founder of Smashfest Queen, a women’s triathlon and cycling apparel company, and the founder and head coach of TeamHPB, where she coaches beginner through elite-level triathletes.


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Jordan Blanco

Jordan competed in her first triathlon in 2001 as a once in a lifetime challenge with several of her Stanford Business School classmates. Fast forward 14 years and Jordan has competed in over 100 triathlons, including 10 Iron distance races. She is a 4x Kona qualifier and finisher and has won her age-group at both Ironman Arizona and Ironman St. George. She shares her triathlon passion with her husband who is also a multiple Kona qualifier. Outside of triathlon, Jordan is a business owner and strategy consultant based in San Francisco, California.


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Kelly Burns Gallagher

Kelly participated in her first triathlon, the Niantic Bay Sprint in August of 2006 in an attempt to cross train while recovering from ankle surgery.  She was hooked.  Since that fateful day she has raced in over 50 events including eight 140.6 races. She also coaches, race directs and writes about all things triathlon-related at www.somerandomthursday.com.

 Outside of triathlon Kelly is an employment litigator based out of Hartford, Connecticut with a special interest in wage and hour law (especially as it applies to endurance sports events) and in trade secrets and non-compete cases (particularly those involving misappropriation through social media).


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Alyssa Godesky

Alyssa is a second year professional triathlete, who has 14 iron distance finishes and over 35 ultra marathon finishes to her name. Alyssa left her career as a Business Analyst for a major advertising company in 2014 to pursue triathlon, and the pursuit of passion paid off with a win at the 2014 Beach2Battleship 140.6 in Wilmington, NC. Alyssa currently resides in Charlottesville, VA, where she coaches athletes on TeamHPB with her own coach, Hillary Biscay. You can find her blogging at www.alyssagodesky.com.


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Dede Griesbauer

Dede swam for Stanford University and retired from her career in swimming in 1994 as a 3-time NCAA Champion, Pan American Games and Pan Pacific Games Gold Medalist and 10-time NCAA All-American.   She earned an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and worked on Wall Street for eight years as an equity trader.

In March 2005, Dede decided to set aside her Wall Street career and return to a career in sports after just two years of participating in triathlon.

 Highlights from her career as a professional triathlete include two Ironman wins, a 70.3 win, and 3 top-10 finishes in Kona.  In 2007 and 2009, she was the top American finisher.


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Sara Gross

Sara has been a professional triathlete since 2003. In that time she has collected 16x Top-5 Ironman finishes. Sara’s career highlights include two Ironman wins and a European Championship title. She is also a mother and co-owner of the coaching company Mercury Rising Triathlon. Sara has a PhD in Women’s History from the University of Edinburgh and shares her research on the topic of Women in Sport as a writer for Witsup.com. Sara lives in Victoria, Canada with her husband and daughter. For more information visit her website: www.saragross.ca and her coaching site: www.mercuryrisingtriathlon.com


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Rachel Joyce

Rachel is from the UK and currently living in Boulder, Colorado. She has been racing as a professional triathlete since 2008, having raced as an age grouper from 2005.  In her previous life she worked in London for law firm Taylor Wessing as an attorney in the construction & engineering division.  Rachel has been on the podium twice in Kona (2nd: 2013 3rd: 2014) and has 4 ironman distance race titles.  Rachel wrote for a monthly column for Triathlete Europe for 4 years and currently writes monthly for witsup.com. For more information visit her website: racheljoyce.org


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Kent Lassman

Kent is the father of four independent and quirky children who are now all thankfully out of diapers.  He married up to a woman with an adventurous soul.  On their first date he unknowingly wooed her when she learned he swam butterfly at a Division III university.  In 2005 triathlon became part of their adventure and during his first race, he crashed on a borrowed bike.  He managed to finish with road rash and a smile.  Today he swims, bikes and runs with Team Tri360 in Northern Virginia and writes about it at Radical Immersion.

 He brings more than 20 years of experience in policy analysis, non-profit management and grassroots advocacy to TriEqual.


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Barbara Perkins

Barbara grew up as a competitive age group swimmer and had an affinity for long distance events. In college, she decided to try water polo and became a defensive force on the team. After graduating from college, she turned to triathlons. She joined Team in Training and successfully completed Lavaman Waikoloa. She was head over heals for triathlons, and hooked for life. Barbara has completed 2 Ironmans, both with top 10 finishes in her age group.  Barbara is currently a Division 1 Assistant Swim Coach with Indiana University for both the men and women’s swim teams. You can find more about Barbarba on her blog.


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Thorsten Radde

Thorsten, a German age-group triathlete, got started as a “triathlon statistician” out of his fascination for professional Ironman-distance racing. He now regularly collects and analyzes professional Ironman-distance results, allowing him to rate courses and athletes. He posts his analysis of the actual performances and predictions before long-distance races on trirating.com, in addition to in-depth analysis and opinion pieces on Ironman racing. Thorsten is also co-hosting TriNews podcasts with Tawnee Prazak on EndurancePlanet.com.


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Karen Smyers

Karen has competed as a professional triathlete for 30 years.  In her lengthy career, she has won seven National and four World Championship titles, including a dramatic come-from-behind victory in the Hawaiian Ironman World Championships in 1995.  Her victory at the short-course ITU Triathlon World Championship just 5 weeks later still earns her the distinction of being the only woman ever to win triathlon’s two most prestigious races in the same year.

 Subsequently, she endured the challenge of a severed hamstring muscle by broken glass, a time-out for the birth of her daughter, a knockdown by an eighteen-wheeler while cycling, and a battle with thyroid cancer, which prompted Sports Illustrated to name her “The Triathlete Most Likely to Be Eaten by a Shark” in Sydney.   Instead, she came back to win her seventh Elite National Championship title in August of 2001, just a week shy of her 40th birthday.  Karen was honored by her induction into USA Triathlon’s and the International Triathlon Union’s Halls of Fame in both of their inaugural years.

 Currently, she shares her experience, optimism, and passion for racing as a coach, motivational speaker and co-director of the Lincoln Kids Triathlon. She is a 1983 graduate of Princeton University and lives in Lincoln, MA with daughter Jenna, son Casey, and husband and frequent training partner Michael King.


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Joanna Zeiger

Joanna Zeiger, M.S.,Ph.D., raced as a professional triathlete from 1998-2010. She placed 4th in the triathlon at the 2000 Sydney Olympics and won the 2008 Ironman 70.3 World Championships. She is a seven time Olympic trials qualifier in 3 sports – marathon, triathlon and swimming. Joanna still pursues her passion for sports as a top Masters runner. As a longtime coach of athletes of all ages and abilities, Joanna believes that everyone needs guidance in the pursuit of their goals. Through her company, Race Ready Coaching, she coaches athletes to reach their personal best and instills in them the importance of having fun even when they are training hard. When she is not coaching or training for running events, Joanna works as a consultant in the field of biostatistics. Joanna has a BS in psychology from Brown University, an M.S. in genetic counseling from Northwestern and a Ph.D. in genetic epidemiology from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.