Meet Champion Ironman Triathlete Chris Lieto!

A celebrity athlete will soon make his way to Severna Park to inspire local runners and triathletes to reach their full potential.

Chris Lieto, the fastest American Ironman and one of the top triathletes in the world, will be the guest of honor at a dinner at theSeverna Park Community Center on September 4. Lieto will also be joining in on a 5K along the B&A Trail on September 5. All 5K participants will receive a finisher medal, given out by Lieto.

Spark Running owner Caitlin Burman is organizing the events. Burman said she wanted to give local athletes the chance to meet someone who excels at the sport.

Lieto has also started More Than Sport, which is a way for athletes to compete and give back to community in need.

According to its website, “More than Sport began with the vision of Chris Lieto, Ironman champion, world record holder in cycling, and 3 time triathlon champion, who wanted to do more with his athletic ability than simply compete. Simply said: Chris founded More Than Sport to provide a way for athletes to invest in communities of need, particularly those we compete in.”

More Than Sport works to improve the lives of children and communities around the world.

“He doesn’t just race to race—he races to raise funds for his organization More Than Sport, so every race he does he is giving back to those in need,” Burman said. “I think it is wonderful to see a celebrity athlete using his talents to benefit others.”

Burman said Café Mezzanote will be catering the dinner at the community center and throughout the night Lieto will be speaking about his various athletic endeavors. 

“He has been to the Ironman world championships several times, but he has never won it,” Burman said. “So he will be talking about overcoming mental hurdles, which I think will be great for our athletes to hear.”

The cost for the dinner is $60, and the registration fee for the 5K is $30, with all proceeds going to More Than Sport. All 5K finishers will be awarded a medal by Lieto.

To register for the dinner go to, and to register for the 5K go to


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Jeff is a certified running, cycling, and triathlon coach, and is the author of "My First 100 Marathons" (Skyhorse Press 2008) and "Smart Marathon Training" (Velo Press 2011). An obviously addicted runner, Jeff has run at least one marathon in every state and on 6 continents, including marathons in South Africa, China, Bangkok, and Antarctica. Jeff is available for group, one-on-one, and virtual coaching. Options include: 1. Basic Training Plan. This includes a customized training schedule geared towards a goal race, with a detailed running schedule that would include all distances and target times for each workout, including speedwork, tempo, and endurance sessions. 2. Complete Fitness and Race Plan. This includes the plan listed above, plus the non-running workouts and drills that runners need for better overall fitness and performance. You would get strength & core workouts, as well as run-specific training drills and stretches. 3. Virtual Coaching. This includes all of the above, implemented on a week-by-week basis. We review each week's progress at week's end so that adjustments can be made. The program is tailored to suit you right up to race day. It involves more contact, on a weekly or even daily basis. 4. Full Coaching for athletes in the Washington DC area. All of the above, plus a weekly workout together including speedwork, drills, and strength training. 5. Individual track sessions. One-on-one track-based workouts. Contact Jeff for pricing.
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