The Fort Lauderdale Triathletes are about perpetuating a healthy lifestyle, through the collaboration of Multi-Sport athletes. We have a culture of inclusion, support, and fellowship, through training, racing, and social interaction.
Our Core Values
We are open to all Multi-Sport Athletes that would like to join us, regardless of physical ability, level of experience, or demographic profile.
We foster a supportive environment, encouraging athletes of all levels to be as successful as they desire to be.
We will abide by, and promote all safety and civic rules and laws, and will be responsible citizens and members of our community.
We are a non-profit club, all membership dues, sponsorship funds raised, and any profits made from the sales of club merchandise or events, will be used for the benefit of all members. We will create programs that allow anyone to join us, regardless of financial ability.
The club will be run and grow, based on a continued collaboration between the leadership and general membership of the club while constantly striving to meet the needs and requirements of all members.
After losing 140 lbs at Ellen’s Ultimate Workout and Orange Theory Fitness, Sandy crossed his first triathlon finish line at the South Beach Triathlon in 2012. He has gone on in less than 2 years to cross many more finish lines and became an Ironman at IMFL 2014, IMLOU 2015 & IMNC 2016.
Sandy loves to lead group trainings and continues to inspire other “Old, Fat, Slow” triathlon competitors. Be sure to join him for the post-training meal since the self-proclaimed foodie works out hard so he can eat more!
Sandy has been married to his better half, Robin for over 31 years and they have 2 daughters (Rachel – 26 and Aimee – 24) both FSU Nole graduates. Professionally, he is the chief operating officer of Lifestyle Media Group, publisher of 14 regional and national lifestyle-in-business magazines.
Matthew “IronMatt” Hert has been a runner and triathlete since 2002. Although he has participated at all distances and finally reached his long-term goal of crossing the Ironman finish line at IMFL 2014 and living up to the nickname, he stills enjoys the Olympic (International) distance the best.
Matt enjoys introducing others to the sport and is known for his flying bike dismounts and face plants on the swim exit!
Matt is newly remarried to Lisa and together they have 4 daughters (Brooke – 19, Jessica – 17, Stephanie – 16 and Amanda – 12). Matt & Lisa are planning to participate in the St. Anthony’s Triathlon in April 2016. IronMatt is also scheduled to race the Ironman 70.3 North American Championship in St. George, Utah in May 2016.
Doug got into the triathlete lifestyle via a challenge from his friend Helen. His first tri was the Turkey Triathlon in 2014 and the hook was cast. 12 Sprints, 9 Olympics and 1 Half-Iron distance tri later, Doug is still going strong with plans in 2017 for 2 more Half-Iron tris, and in 2018 plans to do his first full IronMan race.
A swimmer all his life and a cross-country runner in high-school, Doug’s passion for outdoor sports led him down many paths, from rock climbing, hiking, caving and snow skiing in North Carolina, to SCUBA diving and Obstacle Course Racing in Florida. Triathlons seemed like just another challenge to overcome and see how far he could push his body to go.
Doug currently runs his own video production company, Video Dude Productions, and is an independent SCUBA instructor. He is also a partner in Clifton Design Group, where he is a website content creation manager.
After kicking a 30-year smoking habit, Terri Simpson started her endurance athletic career with 3 years of obstacle course races. On a dare by her tri-partner, Doug and a free entry to a local race, she did her first sprint triathlon in 2015 (although she admits no had no intention of actually showing up).
Terri believed that she would never do a half marathon. In fact, she thought people who run those distances are nuts! She went on to complete the Publix half marathon in February of 2016.
Professionally, Terri is VP of Finance of MJ Simpson Corporation, a general contractor & commercial builder in Florida since 1992.
Terri has a full race card of sprint and Olympic triathlons and is bringing her “podium smile” to the Miami Man Half Iron in November.
Todd was born in Valley Stream, New York, and moved to South Florida in 1997. In high school he was the captain of the wrestling team, and always emphasized the importance of physical conditioning because he felt that outlasting the opponent was as equally important as developing technique.
Though only a recreational runner and a lackluster swimmer in the past, Todd was determined to do battle with his rising cholesterol level and his growing waist measurement. Introduced to Triathlon mania, his passion blossomed. Todd completed 7 sprint triathlons and 1 Olympic triathlon during his first year of training. He is signed up to complete his first 70.3 in Augusta, Georgia, in September.
A natural group organizer and social extrovert, he helps organize both the training schedules and the social events, making Triathlon a perfect match for physical goals and his vivacious personality.
Todd has been married to Monica Apolinario Menahem for five years, and recently celebrated the birth of their future triathlete, Harper Peri, in May of 2016. A graduate of Florida Atlantic University, Todd became a CPA and currently practices in Sunrise, Florida, handling financial reporting and tax preparation for businesses and individuals.
Megan is a former Division I dual-sport athlete in Tennis and Track & Field at the University of Kentucky. After college she moved to NYC where she ran the New York City Marathon– finishing with a Boston qualifying time. With a career move to sunny Florida (and knowing that training for marathons wasn’t sustainable long-term), she couldn’t wait to try triathlon.
Megan’s first triathlon came through Fort Lauderdale Triathlete’s ‘Women For Tri’ program; a three month initiative to coach, mentor and empower women to participate in triathlon. At the end of 2016 she complete the program-end triathlon at Tradewinds Park with a 1st place finish in her age group and 3rd overall. Feeling encouraged and inspired by her experience, she quickly joined the FLT board to help grow the social aspect of the group in an effort to make others feel as welcomed as she did.
“The goal is for everyone to feel comfortable joining a training session or showing up to a happy hour. Fort Lauderdale Triathletes is more than a club. It’s a community of like-minded individuals who strive to be the best triathlete possible, and push others to do the same. Not only have I gained exposure to great coaches, mentors and world class triathletes, but I have made life-long friendships along the way.”
Randi is an age group triathlete navigating life’s ups and downs, trying to find the balance of it all. She has been lucky enough to find her passion through triathlon. Since 2007, she has completed over 70 races including 5k’s, 10k’s, half marathons, marathons, bike events, obstacle course races, duathlons, and triathlons and is working towards her first 70.3 in September 2017.
Randi is a proud member of Tri Team LC spearheaded by professional triathlete, Leanda Cave. A group that empowers women through the sport of triathlon. She is also an A Team Athlete for Aliisport. The A-Team is a community of Women Athletes, from beginners to pros, supported by Alii Sport as they accomplish their goals and compete in the sports that they love.
Currently Randi Chairs the clubs’ Women for Tri grant program and team kits.
Dr. Roy Feifer has been racing and training since the 6th grade. Now, well into his sixth decade of life, he has accomplished many of his goals. He has finished 30 plus marathons including Boston, Alaska and NYC. Also finishing 30 plus triathlons of all lengths from Sprint to Full Ironman distances. Century rides and tennis continue to be a life long passion.Roy’s greatest accomplishments though, has been his ability to encourage, train and raise over a million dollars for blood cancer research while coaching athletes for endurance events. Roy is a Road Runners Club of America (RRCA) Certified Running Coach as well as a Team In Training (TNT) Advanced Certified Cycle and Marathon Coach. He is currently the Head Coach for South Florida’s TNT (Leukemia and Lymphoma Society) program.
Professionally, Roy is a dentist in Margate, family man and athlete. He enjoys training, racing and spending time with his wife Barbara and their children and grandchildren in South Beach and NYC.
Roy is looking forward to his involvement with the Ft. Lauderdale Triathletes. He wants to bring his energy, knowledge and enthusiasm to its members. Roy sees the club as a meeting place for like-minded folks to learn, grow, get fit and have fun in a safe environment.
Catherine was born and raised in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (Yes, she speaks French!)
Always in love with the sunshine, sand and sea, she moved to South Florida in November 2011 to escape the Canadian winters and begin a new life in the Sunshine State.
Shortly after her move, she was fortunate enough to join a group of runners in a local run club. Never having run a day in her life, she started with a run/walk and eventually worked up to a 5K race. There was nothing like the thrill of crossing the finish line!
On July 4th, 2015, on the 5th year anniversary of her father’s passing, she celebrated his life with her first Sprint Triathlon in Tradewinds Park. The rest…is history!
She has since completed 9 triathlons and one half marathon. She continues to enjoy the Tri life and everything it does for the mind, body and soul!
She has recently joined the Board as the Membership Chair and looks forward to bringing our members closer together and engaging new ones.
Marius signed up for his first race in 2011 after spectating and crewing for his brother at Ironman Florida. Although still reluctant at the start line he became hooked after crossing that first finish line at the South Beach Triathlon in April 2012.
Since then he has competed in all sports and distances including half and full iron, earned USAT All American in 2016 and is currently preparing to represent his adoptive country as part of Team USA at the ITU Long Distance World Championships in Penticton, Canada.
His dream is to one day qualify and compete at the Ironman World Championships in Kona, HI.
Marius joined Fort Lauderdale Triathletes in 2016 as a way to stay engaged with the local triathlon community, make new friends and find challenging training partners. He enjoys sharing his knowledge of training, racing and nutrition as the FLT resident tri-geek.
As a software engineer by day he also knows a thing or two about computers and volunteers his time to maintaining the FLT website.
Marius lives in Hollywood with his wife Mirela and their 5 year old daughter Sonia who are the biggest supporters of his crazy triathlon goals.
Originally from Media, PA Paul has called South Florida home since 2012 following stints in Baltimore, Washington DC, and San Diego. Prior to 2013, Paul mainly participated in 5k and obstacle course races until an ACL injury caused him to rethink his workout routine.
During long hours of physical therapy, he passed the time by thinking of ways to keep himself in shape while also reducing the impact frequent running would have on his knees. The injury and a love of swimming brought Paul into the world of triathlon, completing his first Sprint distance at Escape to Miami in 2014. Two months later, Paul found himself back on the operating table for a second ACL surgery in just over a year. Determined to rebound, Paul completed his first Olympic distance at Escape to Miami in 2015 followed by multiple Sprint and International distance races in between. Paul recently completed the Half Marathon at Rock n Roll San Diego in 2017.
Although naturally modest, Paul has a vast knowledge of multisport, bicycles, equipment, and races. He has been supporting The Fort Lauderdale Triathletes in all capacities since joining the club.
Marcos was born in Lima, Peru and moved to South Florida in 1999. He played soccer and volleyball in both Peru and the US. After a period of little physical activity and growing girth, Marcos borrowed an old bicycle and began exercising. Then, he started running: 5ks, 10ks, and half marathons on a regular basis. Achieving some of his goals and regaining his physical stamina, multisport came calling. Marcos has since completed dozens of triathlons, including sprints, Olympic & 70.3 distances. He is progressing full speed ahead to his ultimate goal of completing a marathon in 2018 and a full Ironman in 2019. Marcos continues to train hard, and at the same time, works tirelessly and successfully to help our club. His quiet and humble manner belies a strategic and methodical club executive.
Ed recently relocated to South Florida from Boston, MA. Ed spent most of his life before triathlon competing in team sports including playing on his University’s Rugby Team. Ed first caught the triathlon bug in the late 90s when on a dare he signed up last minute for a sprint triathlon on Cape Cod, MA racing on his friend’s oversized mountain bike and wearing baggy swim trunks and a cotton T-shirt throughout the race. 18 years, 3 bikes and countless spandex later Ed is still loving the triathlon addiction. Ed was an active member of the Boston Triathlon Team for many years before moving to South Florida. Throughout the years Ed has competed in tons of races of all distances and types including having 4 Ironman and a couple of Boston Marathon finishes. After recently taking a few years hiatus from racing to recover from a knee injury and relocate to South Florida, Ed is excited to have hooked up with Fort Lauderdale Triathletes and he is looking forward to training, racing and becoming more active with such an awesome group of people who share his love for the sport!
Ed is married to Susan Reardon Galante, owner of So Flo Well Body, a current sponsor of FLT and they live in Fort Lauderdale with their new puppy Henry. Ed is a corporate attorney practicing as in-house counsel for Ultimate Software in Weston, FL.