Katie Spotz has a long list of endurance accomplishments attached to her name, including three Ironman triathlons (including a second-place overall finish at her first ever Iron-distance race), an ultramarathon in Australia, cycling across the country, a 325-mile river swim, the Tour of New Zealand cycling event, and a solo row across the Atlantic Ocean.
It took Katie to years to plan her trip across the Atlantic, during which she raised more than $100,000 for the Blue Planet Run Foundation, which finances drinking water projects around the world. During 70-day journey, she faced sharks, 20-foot waves and a constant battle to obtain enough sleep to keep up with the eight to 10 hours a day of rowing. However, in the spring of 2010, Katie became the youngest person to ever row across the Atlantic solo, at age 22.
Katie continues to raise awareness of the plight of billions around the world suffering from a lack of safe drinking water by giving talks to groups and organizations around the country. To date, she has raised more than $275,000 for clean water projects throughout her time in endurance sports.
- 2015: Katie has raised more than $275,000 for clean water projects worldwide.
- 2013: Second overall age-grouper at her first Iron-distance race
- 2010: Katie becomes the youngest person to ever row across the Atlantic solo, at age 22.
For a full list of Katie’s accomplishments and upcoming racing plans, visit her website here.
How SaltStick helps Katie:
“Because of hypoglycemia, it’s even more important for me to get my nutrition right. I’ve found that during racing that sports drinks, gels and SaltStick Caps are all I really need to perform at my best, and during training more solids or real foods included are incorporated.”
Katie’s favorite thing about triathlon:
“Testing your limits!”