Tara will compete in all three of our 2010 events: the Olympic event at Knoxville, the half-Rev at Quassy in Middlebury, CT., and the full-Rev triathlon at Cedar Point in Sandusky, OH.. To prepare, Tara will train with Heather Gollnick, a Pro Triathlete, five-time Ironman Champion and CEO of Rev3 Coaching.
“I am thrilled to be working with Tara – I have a tremendous amount of respect for what she has accomplished. I look very forward to guiding her training as she begins the journey of accomplishing her next goal, completing the Rev3 Triathlon Series” states Rev3 Coaching CEO Heather Gollnick
Well before “The Biggest Loser”, Tara Costa grew up in a small town, raised by a single mother who taught her the merits of working ethically and honestly to achieve a sense of fulfillment and independence. After years of grappling with her weight, Tara landed a job as a plus-sized model for one of the top New York modeling agencies. With a degree from New York University, she wound up snaring a finance position at one of the nation’s most prominent beauty supply companies.
In September of 2008, Tara made the life-changing decision to leave her job and home in New York to join “The Biggest Loser” cast. Starting out at a weight of 294 pounds, she worked tenaciously to shed 155 pounds in just 18 weeks. Along the way, Tara inspired millions with her spirit of determination and unwavering optimism.
Since earning her reality show fame, Tara has been featured on the covers of Good Housekeeping and OK magazines. What’s next on the horizon for this newly svelte athlete and role model? “I just want to keep pushing myself,” she says. “I’m excited about getting out there and trying things I never would have been capable of before.”
We asked Tara to share her motivation for participating in the Rev3 trio of events. “I want to encourage people to do things they never thought possible, and motivate them to lead a healthy lifestyle,” she says. “Participating in these triathlons is a great way to lead by example.”
The Rev3 events are appropriate for athletes of all ages and skill sets. You don’t have to be a celebrity, a professional athlete, or even an amateur triathlete to be inspired by these fun, challenging races. That said, they’re challenging enough to push you to achieve your personal best.
You can keep up with Tara’s progress by reading her training blogs and viewing her videos at http://www.taracosta.com/, or by visiting the Rev3 blog. In addition to updates provided by Tara, her coach Heather (www.heathergollnick.com) will also be blogging about the experience!Follow on twitter @everymantri