Elizabeth is the co-founder of RTA Triathlon and has been coaching professionally for 11 years. She is a Rutgers (New Brunswick) graduate and a USA Triathlon Level 2 Endurance, USA Cycling Level 2, IRONMAN, Training Peaks Power and USA Track & Field certified coach.
She is a 10x IRONMAN finisher, 2x IRONMAN World Championship finisher, 2x 70.3 World Championship finisher, USAT National Championship finisher and has numerous overall podium wins. She is a 7x USAT All-American.
Chris is the co-founder of RTA Triathlon and has been coaching triathlon professionally for 10 years. He graduated from Penn State, University Park. Chris is a USA Triathlon Level 2 Endurance, USA Cycling Level 2 and USA Track & Field certified coach. He is also a regular contributor to USA Triathlon magazine and Active.com.
Chris is a 5x IRONMAN finisher, 2x IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship & USAT National Championship finisher. He is a USAT All American.
Do you want to know the secret to our success?
We have been fortunate to make coaching our sole profession since 2010 because of our passion and desire to do everything possible to see that our athletes succeed in their endeavors.
In other words, our athletes' success is our #1 priority.
... Easier said than done.
At the end of the day... Our success has been built by our athletes' success.
Will you be the next success story?
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All In to Help You Succeed
In 2009, RTA Co-founder Elizabeth Kaplanis quit her lucrative career, cashed out her 401k and sold it all.
After qualifying for the IRONMAN World Championship in Kona, HI, 2 years in a row, her love for triathlon and deep desire to help others, set her on this wild journey… as a professional triathlon coach.
Shortly after, Elizabeth met co-founder, Chris Kaplanis, while guest speaking at a triathlon camp he was attending in Lake Placid.
That weekend the two went on an EPIC 120 mile ride through the ADK mountains and became inseparable from that time forward.
Eventually (and it did NOT take long), Elizabeth convinced Chris to quit his job in finance and join her in coaching full time.
Upon making that decision, the two passionate coaches, got married, spent ALL of their wedding money to survive and ate A LOT of peanut butter & jelly sandwiches. They were ALL IN!
Fast forward to present day, the business has flourished and we haven’t looked back. In this time, RTA Triathlon has helped well over 1,000 regular people with demanding schedules from the New York City metropolitan area and nationwide, DREAM BIG and achieve their endurance goals.
Chris & Elizabeth live in Ridgewood, NJ, with their two kids, Ashely and Cameron and two dogs, Carlos and Ernesto.