Sophia KaounasJanuary, 2019
Sophia first tried her hand at triathlon in 2016 by committing to SavageMan’s Sprint in Deep Creek Lake, MD. With next to zero relevant athletic experience, she trained and trained and trained and could have never predicted the future that triathlon had in store for her. Sophia managed to qualify for USAT’s Age Group Nationals with her first go-around in the sport and was hooked. Shortly after her inaugural season, Sophia found DC Tri Club and its Elite Team. At that juncture, she made it her goal in 2018 to create a race resume that would be strong enough to earn her a spot on the Team. The rest *dramatic pause* is history.
Sophia couldn’t be more excited to race with the DCTC Elite Team and proudly represent DC Triathlon Club for the 2022 race season. She looks forward to being challenged by and training with her teammates, promoting the overall good of Triathlon and DCTC, and (safely) smashing some personal bests. Let’s go!
Age Group / Birth Location: 30-34 / Brookings, South Dakota
Years Racing: 3
Strengths on the course: Cycling, dialed in race day nutrition (ALSO POST RACE FOODS), and espousing words of encouragement to teammates and friends.
Goals for 2022: Two tags for 2022, Happiness and Safety. Training and competing with the goals of happiness and safety, I’m confident that the goals I set for myself will come to fruition.
Favorite Place To Train: Run: Anacostia Park/Anacostia River Walk Trail & The Mall. Cycling: Skyline, Sugarloaf Loop, Hains Point, C&O for gravel! Swim: Woodrow Wilson Aquatic Center (mainly b/c of the hydrotherapy pool).
Favorite Race Distance: 70.3
Favorite Race: SavageMan! Rest in Peace.
Favorite thing when not swimming, biking or running: I love practicing yoga. I love Mother Earth, hangin’ in my hammock, tossing a frisbee or football around, camping and hiking, running along the beach just to get slammed by a wave… I love baseball, “Let’s go Nats!”. And I love cooking, for friends and/or family. Come to my table! I’d be happy to have you.
Fun Fact: I almost missed the deadline to submit my updated bio *upside down smiley face*
Other stuff you wanna talk about? Yes, thank you for asking! I race as a category 3 road cyclist for District Taco Racing. I love training and racing with the cyclists of DT. You’ll find me out and about in Taco kit at most MABRA races as well as a couple notable stage races listed below.
Social Media: Instagram – skaounas, Facebook – Sophia Kaounas
2022 Race Schedule
- Rock n’ Roll Half Marathon
- Rumpus in Bumpass
- Brookings Marathon
- Armed Forces Classic
- Poconos Half
- Tour of America’s Dairyland
- Ironman Lake Placid
- Green Mountain Stage Race