Kelly Voigt

Kelly VoigtI became an “unofficial” member of the club in 2015 via my relentless stalking of the Club’s FB page. Finding endless inspiration and motivation from member’s posts of their training experiences, successful races, and even the posts on when things didn’t go as planned.  I just kept thinking “How can I become like them?”

I fearfully answered that question in 2016 and officially joined with the help of 2 persistent and encouraging board members (Hackford and Knerr) that wouldn’t take any of my excuses I gave them including the one that I had children to raise that I haven’t even met yet so I have no time to join this club! They saw right through that….

I would have never imagined all the great changes that come with hitting that “Join the Club” button. From shaking in fear waiting to jump in the pool at ECC for my first sprint triathlon to tackling the Lake Placid 70.3 a year and a half later and now looking forward to my first Ironman in 2019. Through the inspiration, motivation, advice and guidance of the members of this club, I have gained a level of confidence and physical abilities I never thought possible.

By joining this club, I have done what so many people strive to do in life. I have surrounded myself with people who add value to my life and who challenge me to be greater then I was yesterday. I have officially found my Tribe. 

I appreciate and am honored to have been nominated to join the legacies of the BTC board and if selected would be delighted in being part of the upcoming team that ensures this club and its members continue to achieve all their dreams and goals on and off the course….

Now go get that training done!!

Lynzee Ralph

lyndzee.jpegI didn’t know much about triathlon when my girlfriend from college mentioned to me she was going to train for Ironman Ohio 70.3.  In fact, I only knew it was swim/bike/run!  But immediately I thought, if she can do it, count me in!  I then convinced my best friend Jerry he should get in on this adventure!  That was it, we registered in October 2015 for Ohio 70.3!  Neither of us owned proper bikes for this newest adventure, so we had some shopping to do. I became an official member in late 2015, mostly just lurked around the club Facebook page.  Occasionally conversing with members about training, races and equipment needed.  I knew then, this was where I belonged.  These were the highly motivated, encouraging, supportive and adventurous kind of people I wanted to be around and aspired to be like.  Everyone always provides kind words of support and encouragement, making those new to the sport and club feel incredibly welcome!  I’d like to extend an enormous thank you for the consideration and nomination for an opportunity to join the BTC board.  This club has become a wonderful extended family to me.  I look forward to many more crazy training adventures and amazing races with you all!  


2019/2020 BTC Elections

It’s that time of year again when we begin consideration and voting for the open board member slots of the Buffalo Triathlon Club.  This year we had 5 open Board spots and 5 nominations, so this will an uncontested election.  Bios are published here on the blog.  Please take a moment to see who your newly elected Board Members are!   New and re-elected board members will be installed at our club banquet in January.

How Many People Are on the Board and How Many Slots are Available?

The BTC board consists of 11 members, and each term is 2 years, with half of the terms expiring each year.  The following 5 board members have 1 year remaining on their terms, and will continue to serve on the board for 2019:

The terms of the following 5 board members are expiring, and they will need to run for re-election if they want to continue to serve on the board for 2019-2020:

  • Mark Sommers(current president)
  • Joe Pautler
  • Mark Knerr
  • George Hackford
  • Alisha Gannon

Who has currently been nominated or chosen to Run for a 2019/2020 Board Seat:


Click on each candidate name to see their bio and information:

Mark Sommers

Renee Sossong-Brady

Alisha Gannon

Lynzee Ralph

Kelly Voigt