Mark H. Wilson
370 Coldbrook Rd.
Best of Hudson Valley Winners: 2008
Pick: Editors' Picks
About: Founder of the Hudson Valley Triathlon Club, Mark Wilson helps folks of all athletic ability -- from professionals to weekenders -- get in shape and train for triathlons. Wilson, who started the club in 2000, had been a runner for 25 years as well as a triathlete himself. I realized there was a need for it, he says. The people were there; they just needed to get organized. About 100 club members -- hailing from the Valley, New York City, and as far away as Rochester and Vermont -- can take part in four races in the summer, one of which is held in Woodstock. The route: a 400-yard lake swim, then a 12-mile loop on a bike, wrapped up with a two-mile run; last year's fastest participant finished the course in just over 47 minutes. Wilson also offers triathlon camps and coaching nationally. Some people take a weekend or a weeklong camp. Others might hire me for a year to prepare for Iron Man, says Wilson, who has coached folks who've gone on to the prestigious National and World triathlon championships. He's also expanded beyond sports and serves as a life coach, too. I love helping people transform their lives, whether it's their first race or a world championship. It doesn't matter as long as it helps them feel good about themselves, he says. Nothing's better than that.
Best of Hudson Valley History:
2008 Editors' Pick — Best Triathlon Coach