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.