Rocklin, CA (December 3, 2015) – Freeplay magazine is pleased to announce its roster for the 2016 season. Team Freeplay added ten female triathletes to create the core of its 2016 squad, while adding five additional runners and/or triathletes under the new ambassador program.

The 2016 team has a strong group of long course triathletes including 2016 Ironman World Championship qualifiers Kelly O’Mara and Sara Randolph as well as Gina Anixter and Mary Tanner. Elise Winter, ITU Age Group World Championships qualifier, will return for a second season and will be joined by Xterra triathlete and mountain biker, Kimberly Larson. Top age-group athletes Eileen Swanson, Dina Neils, Marsha Oldenburger, and Jaimee Davis will complete the 10-woman race team.

The ambassador program, new for 2016, is comprised of five women who have excelled in running or triathlons. Ambassador athletes will represent Freeplay in both training and racing along with their individual sponsors. The ambassadors include Erin Wachter (2:50 marathoner and record holder at Blood, Sweat and Beers), Stacey Armijo (Ironman athlete and sub-3 hour marathoner), Pam McGowan (Boston Marathon qualifier and triathlete), Christine Scott (6th overall at Ironman Wisconsin) and Pam Goodley (2nd AG at Ironman 70.3 Victoria).

Co-founder of Freeplay magazine and former elite athlete, Stephanie Artis, continues as team director for a second season. “I am excited about fielding a women’s team again in 2016. After 25 years of racing in endurance sports, I enjoy being able to give back by supporting other female athletes through both the magazine and the team,” stated Artis. Although Artis will also race with the team next year, her main focus will be on the growth of both the team and the magazine.

“This year we are looking to build on what we established in 2015,” said Artis. “The 2016 team continues to target women in Northern California who have demonstrated commitment to the sport, the team aspect and involvement in their community. We looked for athletes who were interested in training together throughout the season in addition to being active in the endurance sport community. With a variety of individual goals Freeplay will not have required team events in 2016. Athletes’ individual goals include competing in the Ironman World Championships, Ironman 70.3 World Championships, XTERRA World Championships and the Boston Marathon. Team athletes will also target other major triathlons and running events including Wildflower Triathlon, USA Productions’ Half Moon Bay Triathlon and California International Marathon.”

The Freeplay Triathlon team is proudly sponsored by Rudy Project, Salming Running, Folsom Bike, Sacramento Running Association, Nature’s Bakery, Fluid Sports, XX2i Optics and Hoffart Chiropractic.

For more information on sponsoring the Freeplay Triathlon Team in 2016 contact:
Stephanie Artis
Team Director

For Media Information contact:
Sean Dulany
Director of Media