Joshua Terwoord - Runner & Triathlete
Josh started distance running while growing up in Ohio and it has become one of the biggest passions of his life. His enlistment in the U.S. Air Force after high school in 2002 brought him to Phoenix, AZ where he also started being coached by Bettina Warnholtz & Racelab.
After finishing his military enlistment in 2006, he moved to Flagstaff to attend Northern Arizona University where he attained a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science. In 2007, Josh was looking for something new outside of road races and entered his first triathlon. Since then, he has raced dozens of triathlons, commonly including top overall run times.
He most recently completed his second Ironman World Championship in Kona, Hawaii’s notoriously windy, hot, and humid conditions. He finished in a time of 9:15:40, which placed him in the top 5% overall and included a 2:58 Marathon time!
"Bettina's guidance has helped me achieve first-place performances and continued personal bests in every distance from 10k to Ironman.
Every time I stick to the training plan and race plan, I have a good race. With the unpredictability of Ironman distance triathlons, Bettina has a remarkable track record at not only getting athletes across the finish line, but also at getting the athletes to have very strong, evenly paced Ironman races.
Her patient, smart and balanced approach resulted in a 4th overall amateur finish in my first Ironman, including the amateur run course record (IMAZ 2011, 2:52:38) and my two trips to Kona so far. She has made sure that my training load is appropriate to my development as an athlete and I'm still seeing improvements every year."
Other notable races include:
Ranked 4th in USAT National Rankings (30-34) 2013
7th Overall Amateur - Ironman Texas 2013
4th Overall Amateur - Ironman Arizona 2012
10th Overall - Duathlon National Championship 2012
2:36 Marathon PR - Boston Marathon
9:04 Ironman PR - IM Arizona 2011
1:13:18 - Half Marathon PR
2x Ironman World Championship Qualifier & Finisher
2x 70.3 World Championship Qualifier & FInisher
3x USAT Triathlon All-American 2011, '12 & '13
5th Overall - Tucson Marathon 2008
2nd Overall - Air Force Marathon 2006
3rd Overall - Air Force Marathon 2005
Mountain Man Triathlon in Flagstaff, AZ
This is where it all started for me, the Triathlon "thing", so it's always been special. To win and set the course record in the 70.3 Distance in 2013 really meant a lot to me.
IRONMAN World Championships in Kona, HI - Due to it's legendary history and conditions.
In the future, perhaps Challenge Roth - It has a rich history, insane crowds, a fast course and is in Germany.
PROUDEST ATHLETIC MOMENT
Running a 2:52 Marathon off the bike at Ironman Arizona.
A close second would be placing 20th American at the Ironman World Championships 2013
WORDS TO LIVE BY:
"Unless you test yourself, you stagnate. Unless you try to go way beyond what you've been able to do before, you won't develop and grow. When you go for it 100%, when you don't have the fear of 'what if I fail', that's when you learn. That's when you're really living" - Mark Allen
Once A Runner - John Parker