Punk Rock Athletes
Punk Rock Racing sponsors some fantastic athletes
To say that Angela Naeth is an athlete is putting it mildly: By May 2012, she had won three half-Ironmans in nine months, which included setting a new course record at St. Croix Ironman 70.3. During that time, Angela also won the Leadman 125, took second place in Abu Dhabi and placed in another tri. In other words, she’s definitely a Punk Rock Racing team member.
A native of Prince George, Canada, Angela ran track and field as a youth, then received a full athletic scholarship to the University of Missouri, where she added swimming and cycling to her sports.
In July 2008, she won first place at the Boulder Peak Olympic Triathlon. Just six days later, she placed first at the Sylvan Lake Half-Ironman.
After spending 2009 recovering from an injury, Angela stormed back to the racing circuit the following year. In fall 2010, Angela raced two half-Ironmans in two weeks, finishing both the Miami and Austin races in 2nd place. A week later, she finished 7th in the World Championships in November 2010.
All told, she raced nine 70.3-mile races in 2010, finishing second place in six of them. In her 14 races of 2010, Angela recorded the fastest bike split in more than half of them. In 2011, she one her first half-Ironman, winning the Boulder 70.3.
Angela holds a master’s degree in physical therapy, and in between her training and racing, she works as a physiotherapist and a coach.
“It doesn't matter if it's an Ironman or a 100 mile run race. If I can't do it with a smile and a good attitude, it's not worth doing.”
That’s how Sonja Wieck views her athletic endeavors, and it’s exactly why she is a Punk Rock Racing team member.
Sonja competed in her first triathlon in July 2007. Two months later, she ran her first marathon, finishing the Denver Marathon in 3:32:55. That was only the beginning.
In 2009 she represented Team USA in the Olympic Distance World Championships in Australia. The following year, she ran the Moab 100-mile race, taking first place in the female division and second overall, in a time of 21 hours, 58 minutes.
Her 4th-place age group finish at the June 2010 Ironman Coeur d’Alene qualified her for Kona in 2010, where she finished in 10:17, taking 15th place in her age group. She qualified for Kona again in 2011, beat her time, and then seven weeks later set her fastest Ironman time of 10:00:33. Just two months after that, she won a 55K foot race.
When she isn’t dominating triathlons, Sonja can be found snowshoe racing or climbing 14,000-foot mountains in the area surrounding her Denver home. She’s a dedicated wife, and mother to a young daughter.
She’s been hit by a car while training for the Olympics. She broke a rib while training for an Ironman.
But Jeanne DeBonis always rebounds, sometimes in rather spectacular fashion -- something USA Triathlon recognized when naming her a 2011 honorable mention Female Masters Triathlete of the Year. That definitely qualifies her as a Punk Rock Racing athlete.
Case in point: Shortly after qualifying for the Ironman World Championships in May 2011, Jeanne broke a rib while training. Two months later, she not only won her age group at Ironman Lake Placid and beat her previous time by finishing in 10:32, but she also broke the course age group record.
Jeanne has spent much of her life going from one adventure to the next. She swam competitively for eight years, then began dominating the running world. She qualified for the Olympic Trials by running a 2:48 marathon in June 1999, and the next year she won the Quad Cities Marathon. She finished the Kona Ironman in 2002, and was then sidelined seven months later when she was struck by a car while cycling.
It took five years for Jeanne to return to racing, but she is back and is faster than ever.
When she isn’t setting course records, Jeanne works as a web developer in Cleveland. She’s a self-taught web designer and programmer, an artist, and she previously spent seven years as a wind tunnel test engineer for NASA.
Michelle Ford’s auspicious athletic career began as a 6-year-old who couldn’t swim! After jumping into the deep end of a pool and being rescued by a lifeguard, swim lessons and then swim team followed. Yep, this basically makes her a perfect Punk Rock Racing athlete.
Michelle began swimming competitively at age 8 and continued through high school. Born in Hawaii and raised in Colorado, Michelle has always had a great appreciation for the outdoors, especially the mountains and the ocean. Whether it’s hiking, bodysurfing, skiing, boogie boarding, biking, snorkeling - if it’s outside, that’s exactly where she wants to be.
Michelle dabbled in the sport of triathlon in 2003, finishing 5th in a sprint triathlon. She was instantly bitten by the triathlon bug and couldn’t wait to do another one
In 2009, Michelle represented Team USA at the World Triathlon Championship in Australia and placed 9th at the Ironman 70.3 World Championship. 2010 brought several podium finishes, including an elite age group amateur win at the Chicago Triathlon, and a 2011 Kona spot after placing 3rd at Ironman Arizona.
Michelle is also mom to two girls ages 8 and 5, wife to her husband of 12 years, and is a swimbikerun coach.