Kristen Marchant

Nationality: Canadian
Hometown: Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Born: 1991
Height: 5'4"
Discipline: Pro Ironman Triathlete


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Career Highlights

1st       2013/14 ITU World Championships, 20-24
1st       2014 Barrelman 70.3
1st       2013/14 Multisport Canada Series Overall
2nd     2015 Challenge St. Andrews
5th      2015 Ironman 70.3 Miami
5th      2015 Challenge Knoxville


  • What are your favorite hobbies?

When I'm not training I love baking, doing crosswords, and reading!

  • How did you get your start in triathlon?

I got injured when running for my university's cross country team, so I swam and biked to maintain my fitness. My brother convinced me to do some triathlons that summer and I fell in love with the sport.

  • What is your favorite discipline of the three?

If I'm running well then the run, otherwise it's the bike!

  • What is your favorite race of the year?

Niagara Falls Barrelman is a favourite because it's flat and fast on the bike, and the run takes you past Niagara Falls twice.

  • What has been the best moment of your career so far?

Although it's before I became a pro, I would say the win at the ITU Age Group Olympic distance World Championships in London was pretty special.  It was my first race outside of Ontario and the energy at the race was amazing.

  • What will be your first race in 2016, and what are your big goal races?

Nothing is set in stone at the moment, but I think I'll be racing the Las Olas triathlon in Florida in March as my first race. No race in particular has been chosen for the “A” race of the season - World’s is an expensive trip over to Australia so it will likely make more sense to target a North American 70.3 for a spot on the podium - ideally the top one!

  • Why does your equipment selection play an important role in training and racing? How does a stiffer a smoother riding wheel set help in triathlon?

It's important to have the best equipment out there as you know your competitors will have it too, and you don’t want to be giving up time by riding sub-par equipment. When you have quality equipment on your bike you can actually feel the difference in your riding -- smoother, less bumpy, and an overall faster ride. It is easy to get down in the aerobars and go when you have confidence in the equipment you're riding.

  • What is your ultimate career goal?

Podium at 70.3 World Championships.