President: Kristy Breslaw
My name is Kristy and I am one of the four founding members of BRT. I have my Psy.D in Forensic Psychology but I am lucky enough to be a stay at home mom to my 13 year old son. I have been competing in triathlons with my husband Ralph since 2003 and I was addicted from the 1st one! I progressed from my first sprint on a mountain bike to Olympic. Since then I have completed 20- 70.3’s and 4 full Ironman events including one in Germany and Canada. I love training and racing but the thing I like best about this sport is the people. I love sharing my passion for racing and training with others and to me is what makes this sport and this club so amazing. One of the best things about this club is going to races both local and out of Florida with other members and have people cheering, just because you are wearing BRT gear. We hope you will share our love for triathlons and the club. I think of BRT as family and hope that we can make you all feel the same. I am happy to answer any e-mails regarding the club, just contact me by clicking on my name.
Vice President: Sara Jo Unger
I am originally from Boston but moved to Coral Springs in 1978. Until my early 20’s I was inactive and weighed close to 200 pounds. In January 2008 I quit smoking and gained 15 pounds. In 2010 I had a friend that was a cancer survivor and she asked me to come watch her run the Susan G Komen Race for the Cure. As soon as I got the race the energy of the people was amazing. I also noticed that there where all ages, shape and sizes. I caught the running bug and went on to run many ½ marathons. After being injured way to often a friend suggested I add biking into my routine. I then started doing duathlons for many years. My friend Jill talked me into getting into triathlons and suggested I join the first Women’s Tri Initiative that Boca Tri was offering. I learned so much from the coaches and mentors. I also met some incredible women who would not only become the best training buddies but my closest and best friends that I have.
Of course, the sport for me means being able to socialize. I am all about training but then my favorite part is grabbing breakfast and coffee with my friends and talking for hours… about nothing and everything. I love traveling to races and seeing the sights. I love getting people in the sport and supporting them as they go on their journey of duathlons/triathlons.
Secretary: Kimberly Cooper
Hi there! I am Kimberly Cooper. I am a Licensed Massage Therapist, wife, and mom to a son heading off to college soon. I was born in NY and moved here to Florida with my parents the beginning of my freshman year of High School and have been here ever since. I started running after my son was born wanting to complete a 5k race, little did I know it would lead to many running races of all distances even the marathon distance. My first triathlon was in 2013 after I watched my best friend complete a triathlon and she thought I should join her in this triathlon journey. I did my first sprint triathlon and well…it was hard! But…I loved the feeling of completing it and pushing myself out of my comfort zone. Since then I have completed many sprint triathlons and then went straight to the 70.3 distance….well because why not! Along the way I have learned many things about myself, my comfort zones, pushing my body, this sport and becoming a healthy athlete to continue through the years. I have met some of my closest and best friends thanks to the sport of triathlon and our club. When I am not specifically training or racing I love to volunteer my time with the Women for Triathlon Initiative group and help to cheer, offer advice and support these new ladies in any way I can. After all we were all beginners once and it feels good to have people there cheering you on when you are doing something new! One of my favorite things about this club and sport is the community of people and how we are all at different levels, life moments, ages, races, backgrounds and we support and encourage one another in our journey of triathlon and all the many ways we find to push our comfort zones. In the end it is not the race that matters but the journey and people along the way that matter!
Treasurer: Junko Kobayashi
My name is June Kobayashi, which by my name might be obvious that I am Japanese but actually I was born and raised in Canada. In my youth I had no fear, much to the distress of my parents. I skied like I had no bones to break, rode motorcycles like I was on a race track and drove whatever car I had at the time like it was a Formula One race car. I’m glad I’ve kept that part of me because it allowed me to run 26.2 miles at the age of 40 for the first time. Then after deciding to make it a “fun” activity I did my first marathon race in Hawaii a few weeks after that. I can’t believe I used fun and marathon in the same sentence since endurance was never my forte. Ballet for 18 years and short distance track during high school were not good preparation training for a 1-mile run. Living in Los Angeles for many years you would think I would have found Triathlon there, but it took a move to Manhattan and some crazy inspiration in the middle of winter, January 2012 to start training. I did my first Sprint race that May with my brand new bike, that I clipped in for the first time 2 weeks earlier, sporting the scar on my knee from the obvious, I came in 4th in my age group and I was hooked. As well, having worked with Stan Lee, the creator of Spider-Man for almost 18 years now, being around super-heroes dressed in their spandex, the familiarity of triathletes in spandex provided me comfort in times of pre-swim anxiety. My work as an “executive-for-hire” brought me to Florida where the weather was perfect for #sufferfest training. I’ve done a bunch more races since then; got a couple of place medals, 2nd in a sprint and 3rd in an Olympic. I even joined the BRT Circus for Ironman Canada 226km (140.6 miles for us here) in July 2015, which will forever live in the depths of my memory as the race sent up from the Underworld. Having met the exuberant Boca Tri family, I realized the sport brought more than just the racing. The community that is created by the mutual respect of all the people who take time in their busy lives to share their experiences with others was much different from any other community I’ve experienced. Triathletes want to spread their crazy but in an encouraging yet competitive way. We are not afraid to shout out our successes and we are not afraid to ask for help. We know that we will be acknowledged for our efforts and given tips and guidance from even people we’ve never actually met. I’ve been trying to get my son (12) and daughter (10), both of whom are superb athletes to even just dip their toes into the TRI waters but that is not to be. So instead, I took a couple of ladies under my wing to share in my crazy. Last year they both completed their first Sprint tri and we are now training for their first 70.3 in June at Raleigh. That inspiration encouraged me to go after the Ironman Women for Tri grant for which we were successful. The next part of my journey begins.
Website: Pablo D Blanco
A native to the sport of swimming and water polo. Pablo represented Guatemala’s National Team during 1995-1997. Over the past decade Pablo D Blanco has coached open water swimming, assisted Kristy Breslaw in organizing and overseeing, logistics, social events (members and sponsors), and on occasion strategically hides himself to capture stunning photographs of athletes racing across the world. His relationships with athletes, coaches, race directors and sponsors is instrumental to the growth of a multidisciplinary sport club and nourishing the culture and it’s potential is his priority. Pablo D Blanco is proud to help the community and every athlete who is willing to participate and push his/her/they/them boundaries to the next level. Pablo D Blanco packs a punch of wild and epic when let loose in the field of triathlon.
Race Results: Sara Jo Unger, Phillip Goodwin & Blake Jones
Member Discounts: Tess Vaughan
Director of Member Services: Donna Silver
My name is Donna Silver and I work as a physical therapist, although I no longer treat patients. I grew up on Long Island in New York and moved to Evanston, Illinois to go to college. I have my B.A. from Northwestern University in biology, my physical therapy degree also from Northwestern, and my MBA in health care administration from Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management. I completed my DPT from Marymount University. After spending 18 long, cold winters in Chicago, I moved to Florida to enjoy the weather and raise my family. I have enjoyed triathlons since my first one in 2010, which I entered on a dare. Since then I have completed 47 triathlons including sprint, Olympic, International and 70.3 distances. I have always participated in some form of athletics, including tennis, softball, bicycling, badminton, volleyball, and most recently pickleball. I have made the most amazing friends in this sport and have never felt so supported in any other aspect of my life. Every time I say, “this will be my last race,” I cross the finish line and start looking for my next race. Or perhaps a friend will say, “I am thinking about this race” and before you know it, I am all signed up for another. I love competing in BRT gear because getting a shout out on the course always makes me smile and gives me a little shot of adrenaline. The club offers so much in terms of social events, training opportunities, discounts, and perks at the races, I would like to be able to give back to the club that has given me so much.
New Member Ambassador
Contact Karen with any questions regarding the club Beechk@bellsouth.net