What is the USAP Ambassador Program?
The USA Productions goal is to build a strong relationship between the community, clubs, teams, coaches, athletes, and all community events around us. By building this strong bond, we hope to strengthen the triathlon community! Ambassadors are individuals or club/team members who have already made impacts in their endurance communities. Many of them are endurance athletes, coaches, members of clubs, corporate leaders and/or people that have made or will make an impact in the sport of triathlon. Ambassadors will promote the USAP events and brand through their networks in exchange for free or discounted entries, free product from sponsors, preferred parking at events, and much more! There will be two types of ambassadors, individual and club/team ambassadors.
Our 2016 Ambassador Team:
I retired 5 years ago with my husband Steve to Monterey after a 30 year career at Chevron as a Geophysicist in the San Francisco Bay area and Africa. I took up running in the late 80’s after the birth of my second child as a way to lose the baby fat and cycling in 2003 during an injury running hiatus. I also love to travel, hike, ski, and play golf and Monterey has proved to be the perfect environment for pursuing all of these interests.
When I moved here I decided to do a triathlon and a half marathon as a “bucket list” item. That first sprint triathlon in 2011 was an experience! I was a very weak swimmer and only completed it by using a “surfboard to surfboard” strategy, all the while swearing to myself that I would never do it again. However once I got on the bike I had so much fun I was hooked. I spent the next 6 months in an intensive weekly swim stroke clinic and a fanatic was born. In 2012-2013 I completed 5 sprint triathlons, and in 2014 I upped the ante and did my first 2 Olympic distance Tris – Pleasanton and Oakland, as well as the Rancho Cordovo HIM. This year I will run my first marathon at Big Sur, my first 25K trail race and the Vineman HIM. Here in Monterey I am an active member of the Treadmill Triathlon club, the Wednesday Night Laundry Runners, and the Monterey Velo club where I have found many partners in crime for my running, cycling and triathlon adventures!
Courtney Snell lives in Clovis, Ca where she helps her husband run a small business, raise their 3 children, and teaches cycling classes twice a week at the local gym. She has been involved in the sport of triathlon for 3 seasons and will compete in her first half Ironman in July 2016.
After participating in team sports from the age of 6 year through her late 20’s, Courtney turned to triathlons to challenge herself mentally and physically in new ways. She never imagined just how much the sport and triathlon community would change her life. Her three children are following closely in her footsteps and will participate in local kids triathlons in April and September.
She hopes her USAP ambassadorship will allow her to spread the excitement of this sport to her community, teammates, and youth.
Courtney is a short and long course triathlete, half marathon runner and avid cyclist. She got her start in triathlon early on growing up as a swimmer, water polo player, track and cross country runner, a background that greatly resembles that of a triathlete. Duathlons were only the beginning of her athletic career at the age of sixteen until she would later learn to tackle the swim prior completing a number of sprint, Olympic and Half-Ironman triathlons in two seasons of the sport all while attending college at San Francisco State University.
She wishes to inspire young men and women like herself to start engaging in a healthy lifestyle like triathlon, a sport that transcends all abilities, backgrounds, skills, ages and backgrounds. From her perspective, multi-sport with the foundation of social media has established the perfect platform for a diverse network of people, advice, friendships, training partners, social support and mentors.
Between training and racing, a big motivating factor for Courtney is connecting with others on similar journeys and seeing them reach their full potential. Since then she has been working towards her dreams, one of which includes one day qualifying for the Kona Ironman World Championship but also indulging in a variety of triathlon distances and multi-sport races.
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Gerhard Brummer (born November 3, 1976) is a Top 5% AG Ironman All World Athlete, USA Triathlon National Championships qualifier, podium ultra- and sub-3 hour Boston marathoner. Gerhard once completed Ironman South Africa, Two Oceans 56K Ultra Marathon and finished Boston Marathon under three hours in four weeks. Gerhard’s most challenging race was North Face Gore-Tex 50-Mile Endurance Challenge in 2014 and his favorite short course was Morgan Hill Sprint Triathlon in 2015. Gerhard is most passionate about bringing out the best in himself and others and enjoys working in teams. Originally from South Africa, Gerhard now lives in San Jose, California, with his wife Jenny and his two sons, Andrew and Jacob.
If you would have asked me how to describe myself, I would have told you that I was “athletic but could stand to lose a few pounds”. It wasn’t until I was turning 40 in 2013, that I actually knew what the reality was. I weighed 267 pounds and yet still signed up for a Sprint Triathlon which I had 8 months to train for. Not being able to run a mile, it shouldn’t be a problem right?
Skip ahead to 2015 and not only did I complete multiple triathlons (including Vineman 70.3 and HITS Palm Springs 70.3), but completed 3 full marathons, completed others events, and weighed as low as 185.
2016 will be an aggressive year for me and will culminate with Ironman Cozumel in November. I do have to say that triathlons saved my life. They also add to my constant insanity (we all have to be a little crazy right?) as I keep pushing the limits.
My favorite quote (made up by me): “Don’t be shy, just give it a tri!”
Returning to triathlon in 2013 after taking 20 years off from competing has brought a new passion to the sport for me. The comradery, competition, and the challenges, both mental and physical is what makes me hungry again. Overcoming an injury in 2014 I came back in 2015 stronger than ever! Qualifying for the 70.3 World Championships in Australia for this year, 2016 was beyond my wildest dreams!
- 2013 Reservoir Triathlon Morgan Hill 3rd Age Group
- 2013 Donner Lake Olympic 2nd Age Group
- 2013 Santa Cruz Triathlon Olympic 1st Age Group
- 2014 Half Moon Bay USAP 2nd Age Group
- 2014 Donner Lake Olympic 5th Age Group (suffered a fractured femur late in the race)
- 2015 Half Moon Bay USAP 2nd Age Group
- 2015 Morgan Hill Sprint UPAP 1st Age Group
- 2015 Donner Lake Olympic 3rd Age Group
- 2015 Oakland Triathlon Olympic 1st Age Group
- 2015 Ironman 70.3 Santa Cruz 4th Age Group (qualifying for 70.3 Worlds ’16)
- 2015 Santa Cruz Triathlon Olympic 1st Age Group
I’ve always loved to train, it’s a lifestyle; the races are truly the icing on the cake for me. Whether I’m out there competing, on the sidelines spectating, or volunteering, I enjoy every aspect there is of this sport.
One of my favorite quotes: “Run the first have of the race with your head, run the last with your heart”.
“Jia You! Jia You!” (means to keep going in chinese). Growing up as a Asian American in downtown L.A doesnt sound like a making of an athlete. But it does… Matt joined a inner-city youth club called “Student Run L.A” and was motivated to run the L.A marathon (at the age of 15) because of the reward, free shoes from the Sponsors. He was involved in swimming and swam for the city of L.A. Was a Lifeguard for a few years and graduated with a B.A in teaching. He currently is a part time high school teacher and campus worker at CSUEB.
- 7x 70.3 Ironman
- One Ironman (Los Cabos)
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What are the responsibilities of the Ambassador?
Ambassadors will help promote our events to their networks and encourage their athletes to race in our 2015 races. Our races are great for beginner triathletes and competitive enough for strong age group athletes. USA Productions has a wide range of endurance events throughout the year. Most Ambassadors will promote to triathlon clubs, athletic groups, colleagues, groups of friends, family, and nonprofit groups. The majority of the promotion will be done via social media, email, race calendars, and word of mouth.
What are the benefits of being an Ambassador?
- Free USAP entries in certain events
- USAP Sponsor products and services
- USAP swag and training gear
- Ambassador of the year will be awarded in October
Each Ambassador will be given a unique code to have their athletes use during registration. This code will allow us to track the number of athletes you have influenced throughout the season.