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Challenge Daytona introduces ambassador athletes with a focus on athlete liaison


Challenge Daytona, the inaugural Challenge Family triathlon festival of events set to take place at Daytona International Speedway in Florida, on December 7-9, has announced a roster of ambassador athletes who will focus on athlete liaison.

In a release, the race organiser adds that ‘these nine age-group competitors are fiercely dedicated to driving triathlon participation in their local communities, while also pursuing their personal passions for endurance sport.’

The Challenge Daytona Ambassador Athlete Team includes:

  • Ryan Hamm – Active duty US Coast Guard, US Military Endurance Sports team member, and podium regular
  • Kelly Cory – ACTri Club member, multiple middle and full distance triathlon finishes, Boston Marathon finisher, and podium regular
  • Angie Flynn – Passionate proponent of healthy living, ACTri Club member, and accomplished triathlete
  • Skye Johnson – Head Coach and co-owner of Stellar Endurance Club, seven-time Boston Marathon qualifier and accomplished long-course triathlete
  • Eric Lashway – Stellar Endurance Club and Racing Team member and multi-time world championship qualifier
  • Hugh Driscoll – Ormond Tri Club member and avid competitor
  • Naomi Ventura – Ormond Tri Club member and podium regular
  • Michelle Boyer – Fort Lauderdale Tri Club member and avid competitor
  • Catherine Shapiro – Fort Lauderdale Tri Club member and podium regular

The team members are charged with serving as dynamic community ambassadors for Challenge Daytona and mentors to area athletes. They are jointly managed by Juan and Katrina Guevara of The Running Elements, the Official Retail Running Store of Challenge Daytona, and Lou Cantin, Challenge Daytona’s partner liaison.

‘Vibrant custom-designed team kits’ for Challenge Daytona ambassador athletes will be provided by Veneto Sportswear.

“You couldn’t ask for a more committed group of athletes,” said Katrina Guevara, co-founder and owner of The Running Elements. “Our team members are passionate about promoting endurance sports and in particular the inaugural Challenge Daytona event, whether on social media, in one-on-one interactions, or in group training sessions.

“Not only do they train and race to achieve their own goals, they eagerly encourage others to participate, helping in every way possible.”

Challenge Daytona’s partner liaison Lou Cantin added, “Challenge Family is all about community and inclusivity. That’s why the ambassador team is an important initiative for Challenge Daytona. We’re committed to both amateur athletes as well as professionals. We want everyone to feel welcome and equally celebrated at our race, and our ambassadors are a big part of getting that word out into the community and serving as mentors for any athletes needing advice or encouragement to join the fun.”



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