Sharon Barclay is a competitive age-grouper who became interested in triathlons growing up in Australia watching her father compete when the sport was in its infancy. After doing her first triathlon in the 1980s, running in Reebok high tops and riding a steel bike, she wandered off to do several other sports before returning to triathlon many years later. Since then, she's competed in almost 50 triathlons and STILL learns something new every time she races. Sharon trains all over the Bay area and in her self-built "Hurt Locker", her small lockdown project that got a bit out of control.
Favorite Race: Wildflower
Bucket List Race: Challenge Roth
Off-Day Activity: Movies, movies, and more movies, punctuated every now and then with 80s new wave music
Post-Race Drink or Meal: Mexican coke followed by anything salty
Proudest Triathlon Moment: Representing the USA at the ITU World Championships in Australia
Never Again Will I... start a race without checking first to see if my brakes are rubbing.
Personal Motto: If you don't squeeze your glutes, no-one else will :-)
Raeleigh Harris is an elite level triathlete, accomplished coach, and motivational mentor focusing on helping people of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds discover their true potential. Known for the transformative power of her approach, Raeleigh has an intention-based method of training built on four principles – safety, fun, education, and trust. As the CEO and Head Coach of NDURUS, Raeleigh draws on her 30-years of coaching and racing knowledge to guide and inspire athletes, build their confidence, improve performance, and support their athletic journey.
Raeleigh has been involved in triathlon since 1987 as a junior, winning her first Australian state series. Since then, she has competed in hundreds of triathlons, duathlons, and multisport events, including four 70.3 World Ironman Championships, becoming the Age Group World Champion in 2016. She holds an Honors degree in Human Movement & Sports Management from the University of Ballarat, and is a Level 2 USA Triathlon (USAT) and Triathlon Australia (TA) certified coach.
Bella Banbury (she/her) is an enthusiastic age-grouper. She participated in her first multisport event (duathlon) a decade ago when a workout buddy suggested it might be a fun thing to do (two days before the race with no training and a barely functioning hybrid bike) and never looked back. Bella has raced sprint, olympic and 70.3 distances. She raced Escape from Alcatraz twice, once without the swim (cancelled that year!) and multiple 5K, 10K and half marathon road and trail races. She trains early mornings, primarily in Alameda. Bella is a UK citizen living in the US for 20+ years, married to Stephen, Mum to Finn (19), Ava (16) and CEO of Emotive Brand.
Favorite Race: Escape from Alcatraz
Bucket List Race: Any race that is deemed safe this year. After that, just to race outside of the USA.
Off-Day Activity: What’s a day off? Just kidding. Walking my dog Gryff.
Proudest Triathlon Moment: Jumping off the boat to start my first Escape from Alcatraz triathlon.
Never Again Will I... Never say never.
Worst Race or Training Experience: Catching the Flu the week before what was supposed to be my first 70.3 (Santa Rosa). I cried so hard when I realized it just was not going to happen.
Personal Motto: Smiling makes everything better. Enjoy the journey.
Matt Emerson enjoys being physically active. Two Wildflower olympic triathlons and fourteen marathons are testament to that. However, Matt is currently on a triathlon hiatus given his dislike of getting up early to be physically active.
Favorite Race: Seattle Marathon. 1st PR under 4 hrs.
Off-Day Activity: Skiing.
Post-Race Drink or Meal: Electrolytes and a nap followed by afternoon snacks and beers with my Alameda friends.
What Draws You to Triathlons: The challenge.
Proudest Triathlon Moment: Crossing the finish line without vomiting!
Never Again Will I... Run the Chicago marathon; I ran the 2007 "marathon meltdown" and it was a fiasco.
I Joined EBTC Because… I wanted to help club leadership.
Personal Motto: To thine own self be true.
Melanie’s first love is running. After having twins, the toll of running and taking care of two humans was tough on the body. Looking for a new challenge she found this in triathlon 8 years ago. Her girls can beat her in a 100 yard sprint, she’s still got an edge over them for a 5k though.
Favorite Race: Oakland Triathlon (Olympic).
Off-Day Activity: Hiking & exploring in nature.
Post-Race Drink or Meal: Beer and a burger.
What Draws You to Triathlons: The challenge of diversity of conquering 3 sports and the pure fun of racing.
Never Again Will I... Show up to a race without spare goggles, lost my goggles in the surf 10 mins before the Santa Cruz tri, randomly had a spare pair, now I will always carry a spare.
I Joined EBTC Because… What’s triathlon without community!
On-water safety, paddleboarder extraordinaire, six-time Ironman finisher, sampler of open water swimming, wearer of kilts.
Swim coach, four-year All American swimmer for UC Davis, avid skier, reformed triathlete, B.S. in Exercise Physiology.
Social director extraordinaire, competitive age-grouper, creator of the "EBTC Power Muffin" - our go-to snack after big workouts and races.
Superstar volunteer coordinator, Idaho-native, best team cheerleader, proudly raced with Apolo Ohno at Boise 70.3, albeit at a different pace.
Strength and conditioning coach, sports massage therapist, collegiate rugby player, head massage therapist for the Rugby World Cup 7s.
SWIM. BIKE. ULTRA. Ultra runner, aspiring Western States finisher, long course triathlete, designer, and photographer.
Race director, certified USAT official, Olympic and 70.3 triathlete, beer drinker, all around "mayor" of the local racing scene.
If you're interested in helping grow EBTC and giving back to the triathlon community, we'd love to hear from you. We have open Navigator positions who set the direction of the club, as well as spots for Supporters who lead bike rides, help with communications, and more.