Maria Kilgore joined the triathlon world in 2014 with her first race Esprit de She! Since then she has competed in two Ironmans and three half distances. She is accomplished in her racing having placed 12th and 11th in Ironman, 1st in her age group and 3rd female overall at Bayshore 70.4 and 2nd in her age group at Lifetime Tempe Tri and Mountain Man. Before triathlons she competed in high school cross country and track and maintained an active outdoor lifestyle throughout college and beyond.
Maria has always been a recreational runner with big goals of fostering friendships. She really enjoys getting others excited about their goals and accomplishments and loves helping them get there. The root of her purpose stems from living a healthy, fulfilling lifestyle to honor those that inspire her to challenge herself and be the best version of herself.
Family, friends and #mugmoods are key in Maria’s journey to live a fun-filled and active life, while continuously pursuing adventure and helping and inspiring those around her. She wouldn’t have such passion and drive for triathlons if it wasn’t for her motivating coach and teammates of the Landis Tri Club.
Maria is a Doctor of Physical Therapy recently graduated from the University of Southern California. She is a Landis Tri Club Board member with a current focus on increasing membership to the club. She is a USAT certified coach and has a passion working with new athletes like herself. She is pursuing a Girls Gone Strong Certification to improve her ability to guide female athletes in their fitness journey and advocate for women in sport. She wants to coach athletes that ask lots of questions so that they can learn together what best suits the athletes. Self reflection is key in Maria’s coaching philosophy and believes that athletes know their body best when they listen to it.
Her philosophy in training includes a solid base in strength along with a mix of high intensity intervals and low heart rate training.