SARah AT A GLANCE:
Hometown: Shaker Heights, OH
Current City: Asheville, NC
MBA, University of Chicago Booth School of Business (Concentrations in Marketing Management, Entrepreneurship, Strategic Management, & Accounting)
BA, Dartmouth College (Major in Environmental Economics)
ICF International (Analyst, Alternative Transportation Team, Alternative Energy & Resources Conservation Division)
Kraft Foods (Summer Associate Finance Manager, Oscar Mayer)
Next Level Advisors (Freelance Writer & Digital Marketing Consultant)
First Triathlon: Norway Triathlon
Hobbies: Sailing, rowing, dance, cooking + baking (+ eating!), wandering/exploring, morning coffee
Favorite Foods: Pizza (homemade with Whole Foods dough!), loaded seasonal salads, curry
Everyday Staples: Fluffy pillows, sunshine, bright colors, trailmix, apples, kale, beans, eggs, chocolate, & coffee
Guilty Pleasure: Ice cream (my post-race treat!)
Early Bird or Night Owl: Early Bird
Favorite Workout: Long run with tempo!
From Sarah's early days, she has been defying boundaries in her pursuit of excellence. Growing up, she spent nearly all her free time outside of school training as a competitive figure skater. Sarah didn't have the build but loved the sport and was determined to prove that she could make it to the top. After just missing a bid to the National Championships, following high school graduation, she headed off to Dartmouth College wanting a complete change in sport. Sarah joined the Women's Varsity Crew as a walk-on. Despite being one of the smaller women on the team, she developed the physical and mental strength over her four years to emerge as a top performer and leader of the team. Sarah Captained the team in the 2009-2010 academic year, earning the 2010 Most Valuable Rower and 2010 Excellence in Leadership awards in addition to being named to the NCAA Division I First Team All-New England. All the while, she pursued her education to the fullest. Through hard work, determination, (and some serious time management skills!) she graduated from high school as valedictorian of her class and from Dartmouth cum laude.
In 2008, Sarah's friends convinced her to sign up for a triathlon for fun. With no idea what she was doing, she managed to win the women's race and even beat one of her guy friends (much to his dismay)! Sarah had a blast at that race, so after graduating in 2010, she decided to explore the sport as a competitive outlet to balance out her hours at work as an environmental consultant. After racing two triathlons in 2010, she was hooked. Since then, Sarah has persevered through injuries and risen in the amateur ranks. Having recently graduated from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business with her MBA, Sarah is focusing all of the energy, focus, drive, and determination that she applied in skating, crew, school, and her professional career to excel as a full-time triathlete. She is excited to combine her competitive drive, passion for athletics, and business experience to change what it means to be a pro triathlete and, through her story, to inspire others in their own journey to excellence!