John has been doing endurance races since 2009 and was intrigued when he first heard about the sport of SwimRun. He hates shaving his legs and was ready for something different so he and his number one homeboy, Josh, revved their engines up and formed Danger Zone. They flew across the pond for their first race and got their butts kicked by some French girls. After that, it was on. Danger Zone raced across North America in 2017 and capped their season with an overall win at Amphibious Challenge. DZ also travelled to the Holy Grail of SwimRun and competed in the ÖtillÖ World Championship last year. They will be returning to Sweden to compete again in 2018.
When John isn’t SwimRunning with Josh he dabbles in road races and triathlons and will be racing at Ironman Texas in April.
Greg grew up in Southern California spending most of his free time paddling around a pool; first at home, then in summer league and eventually at a competitive level. Any swimmer will tell you that staring at the bottom of the pool for endless hours is even less exciting than it sounds. But he loved competing and the friends he made at the pool so he stuck with it. Eventually he ended up swimming for Boston University where he met his future wife, Bronwen. After college, they were both looking for something to keep them active and driven. It was Bronwen who first suggested they enter a triathlon in Salem and it was great.
Over the next eight years he progressed to racing his first half distance race in 2009, to competing in the 70.3 World Championships in 2010, to his first full distance race in 2013, to winning his first half distance race in 2014. Through it all swimming formed the backbone of his success.
In 2015 Greg and his wife took notice of the awesome new SwimRun race format gaining steam in Sweden; they agreed if they ever got the opportunity to race a SwimRun in the US they would jump at it. In 2016 they got the chance in the form of the Casco Bay Islands SwimRun. It was spectacular. From the beautiful scenery to the excitement of leaping from rugged rocks into frigid water, they loved it. So of course when they were offered the opportunity to race in Stockholm they leapt at the opportunity.
Bronwen and Greg will spend this summer training for the Ötillö World Champions by crisscrossing New England to swim Walden Pond run the White Mountains and bike race up Vermont gaps.
Simon is best known as the co-creator and host of the adventure sports television show Boundless, which aired for three seasons and saw he and co-host Turbo travel around the globe competing in the most grueling ultra endurance events they could find. It was during the third season that they entered the Otillo and Simon was introduced to the sport of swimrun.
Upon his return home, he created Canada’s first swimrun and only Otillo merit race - the Amphibious Challenge.
In addition to swimrun, Simon competes in ultra-endurance trail races, runs Stoked Oats, and is the founder of Adventure Science.
He splits his time between Sheenboro QC and Florida with his wife Chanelle, son Leo, and their two dogs - Gertrude and Sam.
Nate, a native of Maine, will be joining his partner, John Stevens, at the Otillo Swimrun World Championships this season. This will be Nate's 3rd season on the swimrun scene, and he placed 2nd at Swimrun USA (Casco Bay) race in 2017.
Nate lives with his wife and kids on the coast of Maine, where he's been scampering about on trails and rocks for the past 30 years. He's looking forward to putting his skills to the test in Sweden this year.
Chris is former collegiate rugby player and veteran crossfit competitor. He has completed several triathlons and finished 2nd place in the relay division of of 2017 Swim Around Lido Key 7 mile open water swim.
Chris was introduced to Swimrun by Ignite SwimRun and has turned his training toward this exciting and challenging new sport. He is looking forward to the adventure and team work that is SwimRun.
When not training he is an Orthodontist outside of Boston where he lives with his wife and two children.
Jay Peluso, a two-time All-American swimmer, hails from Cumberland, RI and is the founder of Peluso Open Water.
He graduated from UMass with a degree in Sports Management where he was a seven time New England Swimming Champion and a starter on the 1993 New England Champion water polo squad. He earned his law degree from the University of Richmond in 1996 and was inducted into the RI Aquatics Hall of Fame in 2004. Coach Jay’s triathlon and open water career highlights include being a five-time member of USAT’s Age Group World Championship team and a second place finish at the USMS 2-Mile Cable Swim National Championships.
He is currently the Co-Owner and Race Director for the IGNITE SwimRun Series, the first ever multi-state SwimRun series in the U.S.
Bronwen’s love for endurance sports started at the age of 7 with her first foray into club swimming. She continued swimming competitively through high school to college at Boston University where she met her husband, Greg, on the varsity swim team. Post-graduation, inspired by the 2008 Olympics, and looking for a new athletic challenge, they decided to test out triathlons. In the ensuing years, she competed in triathlons of all distances, from sprint to full iron-distance. Triathlon has taken them coast to coast, racing at the 2010 and 2011 70.3 world championships, and winning the Vineman Full Iron-Distance race in 2013. She was pregnant with their daughter in 2015 and spent 2016 getting back into shape. 2017 brought wins at the extremely hilly Rev3 Quassy Half and the much less hilly (though significantly hotter) Rev3 Williamsburg.
Greg and Bronwen were fascinated by Otillo many years ago after seeing pictures of the event; they put it on the bucket list and swore to enter an event should it cross their paths. Enter the 2016 Casco Bay swim run, where they fell in love with the swimrun format and team-racing aspects. They are thrilled to be part of the 2018 Otillo World Championships and especially as a part of Team Colting.
Josh got his start in endurance racing in 2006 with his first Ironman, and after a decade of racing triathlons heard about the burgeoning sport of SwimRun and decided to give it a go. There was an inexplicable appeal to floundering in and out of the water in a remote location tethered to someone else just as crazy. After an inspiring first SwimRun experience in Switzerland in 2016, Team Danger Zone was hooked.
Josh and partner John raced across North America in 2017, capturing an overall win at Amphibious Challenge, and were also excited to compete in the 2017 ÖtillÖ World Championship. Team Danger Zone will be returning to Sweden for the 2018 edition of what is considered one of the toughest one-day races on the planet.
When Josh isn’t squeezed into neoprene tethered to a buddy, he races marathons with his wife, runs 1k’s with his 4-year-old daughter, and keeps a sharp eye out for the next great adventure
Danny is a runner, triathlete and swimrunner. He has completed 5 full distance triathlons and numerous marathons. This past fall, Danny completed his first swimrun race in Virginia. Danny is the co-owner of Rip It Events, a Maryland based endurance event production company and assistant coach of Rip It Coaching. He is also the co-owner and instructor for Triathlean, a strength training program for multi-sport athlete.
He is also the co-owner of IGNITE SwimRun, the first multi-state swimrun race production company in the U.S.
When he is not racing, Danny enjoys organizing and providing race opportunities for his local and regional community.
She has completed over 15 Ironman and full distance triathlons. As an age group athlete, Suzy qualified and completed the Ironman World Championship in 2010. Suzy competed as a professional triathlete from 2012-2015. She placed 4th female overall at Ironman Lake Placid and 6th at Ironman Wisconsin. Other accomplishments include top finishes at the Columbia Triathlon, IronGirl Triathlon and Challenge Atlantic City. In 2016, Suzy completed in her first ultra distance triathlon, Ultra520K Canada. This three day race included a 6 mile swim, 265 mile bike and 52 mile run. She was the first athlete to complete the swim leg and finished first female overall. Today her training and racing focus is Ultra Triathlons and SwimRun races.
Suzy teaches Elementary P.E. for the Howard County Public School System and is a part time employee for The Columbia Association as a spinning instructor. She is the co-owner of Rip It Events, a Maryland based endurance event production company and head coach of Rip It Coaching. Additionally, she is co-owner and instructor of Triathlean, a strength training program for multi-sport athletes.
Suzy is constantly energized by the opportunity to educate people of all ages the importance of living a healthy and physical life. She does this through teaching and living the triathlon lifestyle. This is her passion.
Kay is an avid amateur triathlete, cyclist, and runner based in the Okanagan Valley, where she volunteers with the grassroots X Elle Women's Cycling Association and the Bike Okanagan Association.
Her 2018 plans include, among other races, two events that are entirely new to her: a 50km trail race (Nimble Bear) and an extreme triathlon (CanadaWoman, Lac Megantic Quebec).
A native of Indiana and graduate of Indiana University, Jason Smith took his degree in Exercise Science and Business to Santa Barbara, California in 2010. His athletic accomplishments started at a young age as Jason was inspired for a life full of competition by his father, Kip Smith, Indiana University's Head Sports Medicine Director and a Hall of Fame Athletic Trainer.
Jason never turns down an opportunity to compete. During college he played football, ran track and field, and ran cross-country as well as competed on IU’s cycling team. He was All-Conference in the 800 meter run while on also receiving Rookie of the Year honors on the cycling team. In 2002 he continued his endeavors as an elite cyclist competing for Texas Roadhouse in 2009, earning top ranks as an adventure racer (Team Citco), All-American honors in triathlon for the 2009, 2010, and 2011 seasons, and most recently competing as a professional triathlete.
In 2017 he decided to play a hand in the California Swimrun race series winning each race and the series. He is dedicated to his own professional career as a triathlete as well as the health and wellness of all those he trains and coaches young and/or “experienced”.
Jason is a cancer survivor and uses his wealth of experience to inspire athletes and non-athletes to reach their full potential in life.
John grew up in Portland, Maine spending summers swimming and running around the islands of Casco Bay. He found an early love for swimming, something which would become the focus of his early athletic career. After 4 years of studying and swimming at the University of Miami he took a break from swimming and found a second love, running.
After years of focusing on running, and an increased number of running injuries, he switched his attention to triathlon. Triathlon allowed him to rediscover his love for swimming and helped balance out his running with multisport.
Following a few successful seasons racing triathlon, swimrun found its way to the US and he found a new favorite sport. With partner Matt Hurley, he won Swimrun USA Casco Bay in both 2016 and 2017 and they are looking to defend that title again in 2018.
This season John will be racing Otillo World Championships in Sweden with partner Nate Larlee, as well as Swimrun USA Boston and various local open water swims and triathlons.
Kyle Visin grew up in Santa Clarita, CA, and after high school decided it was time to head for the beach. He graduated from UCSB in 2005 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering, and worked developing Atomic Force Microscopes before he chose to pursue his passion for fitness and athletics. He now manages and trains at Killer B Fitness, a dynamic fitness center with two studios in Santa Barbara, CA. Kyle utilizes an analytical approach in his training and coaching to help people of all levels achieve their health and fitness goals. In his free time, he enjoys staying active with his friends and family.
In his own race history, Kyle is regarded as a top level triathlete and has competed in numerous national and world championship events with excellent results. Some of his international race highlights include: Ironman World Championships 2010 (7th M25-29), Ironman World Championships 2012 (2nd M25-29, 10th Overall Amateur), and ITU World Triathlon Grand Final Chicago 2015 (6th M30-34).
Recently, Kyle has turned his focus to ultramarathons. Recent highlights include Nine Trails 35 mile Endurance Run 2017 (10,000 feet of elevation gain - 2nd Overall Male) and Red Rock 50 mile Endurance Run 2017 (12,000 feet of elevation gain - 1st Overall).
This year, Kyle is excited to dedicate himself to SwimRun events that have continued to grow in North America as well as internationally. Kyle and his racing partner Jason Smith look forward to tackling the local and domestic SwimRun events as they prepare for the ÖTILLÖ SwimRun World Championships in Stockholm, Sweden.