The Black Triathletes Association (BTA) is a national organization that promotes the sport of triathlon within the black community. As an Official Club of USA Triathlon, BTA has the opportunity to compete against other multisport clubs in national challenges. BTA also partners with a variety of race directors, retailers and coaches in an effort to bring value to it’s members performance goals.
We have an online community of over three thousand individuals that participate, support and/or volunteers in multisport activities. The experience level of our members range from first-timers to USAT Elite/Professional athletes.
How We Started…
“I competed in my first triathlon in 2012 and felt isolated by the lack of diversity. So I started BTA for the purpose of networking and communicating with other black triathletes. With the encouragement and wisdom of the BTA community, I’ve been able to complete 7 IRONMAN 70.3 and 2 IRONMAN 140.6 races. I never played sports as a kid because I was too clumsy and uncoordinated so triathlon is my greatest athletic accomplishment”
“My name is Norman Seavers. I’ve made the USAT Century Club (100+ triathlons) and have three(3) Ironman finishes. My present focus is Olympic & Sprint Triathlons. I am a USMS Certified Adult Learn to Swim Instructor and a Proud Grandpa!”
“My name is Dawn Davis Calhoun and I started training for my first triathlon 5 years ago as part of my 45th birthday celebration and a way to kick start a healthy way of living. I have a hubby and two beautiful girls, one of which is training for her 1st Tri! I have traveled to 6 of the 7 continents. I completed my first half Iron last year and I’m training for my next one October 2017. A full may be in my near future!”
“My name is Eric Hudson of Roswell, GA and I’ve been doing Tri’s for 3 years. I loves the
Dallas Cowboys. I am a proud member of Alpha Phi Alpha and an Army Veteran. I grew up in Frankfurt and Heidelberg, Germany (Army Brat)
New favorite food: Cliff Bars”
“My name is Natalie McKeever and here are 3 facts about me! I did my 1st tri (a sprint) in 1992 and have been “Tri”ing ever since. My favorite of the 3 disciplines is swimming. Guess what? I don’t have a middle name!”
“I am Rawn Davis, New Orleans native and relatively new triathlete (with a 70.3 under my belt). I’ve served 11 (and counting) as a Chief Petty Officer in the USN. While in, I went through the beginning of the Navy SEAL training pipeline, but it wasn’t in the stars for me. I’m a father of a beautiful princess (3yo). I am a social damn butterfly and can public speak on a dime. I love long walks in the park, Sagittarius by birth, self-proclaimed philosopher by trade.”
“I am Annastasia Walker, of Chicago, Illinois. I’m a 70.3 Ironman with plans to race in a 140.6 Ironman in 2018. I am the CAO of the Chicago Fire Department, in constant search of sleep and loves trap music and chicken wings.”
“My name is Angela Broadway and I’ve been TRIng since 2014. It’s become my passion.
Competing in triathlon has taught me that nothing is beyond my reach. If you want it bad enough
you can accomplish anything.”
“Lisa Steptoe! Who I am – Relentless: a fiery, driving force that lets not obstacle, challenge or
setback get in the way of achieving a noteworthy goal.
Credentials: I have completed over 20 Triathlons/Duathlons in the past 5 years. I have achieved the podium 3x (2- 3rd Place Athena, 1-2nd Place Athena). I have completed 3 70.3 races (one in a Tropical Storm).
Motto: I may be slow, I may even be last, but I will make this look good and bring others along with me.”
“I am Priscilla Jackson aka Pennylove. I have been with BTA since its origin and continue to be insured by this group. While I am a struggling swimmer, I have been able to represent BTA well in my duathlons, cycling events, marathons, and relays.”
“My name is Mark Holder. I’m originally from NYC but have resided in the ATL for the last 15 years and currently in San Francisco, CA. I am an IRONMAN triathlete and I have a passion for the Open Water Swim (OWS). It has been my pathway to triathlon after swimming for the past 50+ years. “
“My name is Claudius Shropshire. I am a current Team USA Duathlete with 13 years competitive running experience and 7 years competitive triathlon/duathlon experience. I am a 6-Time USA Track & Field Junior Olympian. I currently coach High School Track & Cross Country as well as adult triathletes and marathoners. I am a member of the California Track Starters Association as well as an umpire for USA Track & Field. “