We wake up every morning… brush our teeth, wash our face… and look in the mirror. Every time we do that we can look into our eyes and know that we are honestly changing our community and the lives of the people that we coach for the better. We are working to improve the quality of life for other people and that makes all the hard work, commitment, and dedication completely worth it. “The greatest danger… for most of us is not that we will set our goals too high and we will miss, but that we will set them too low and reach them.” In our world, everyone is training for something and we help you get to that start line and to your finish line. So what are you training for?
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Elizabeth (Wittmaack) Kaplanis, Owner of Ridgewood Tri Athlete LLC, is a USA Triathlon, USA Cycling, and USA Track & Field certified coach.  She is a 9 x Ironman® finisher, 2 x Ironman® World Championship finisher, 26 x 70.3® finisher, 2 x 70.3® World Championship finisher, and has numerous overall podium wins.  She is a 6 x USAT All-American, ranking her amongst the very top in her field.  Her love for triathlon and her continued service to the sport has enhanced her knowledge and fueled her desire to mentor and assist athletes in their quest to reach their goals.

Chris Kaplanis, owner of Ridgewood Tri Athlete LLC, has over 10 years of coaching experience in multiple sports. He is a USA Triathlon, USA Cycling, and USA Track & Field certified coach. As a competitive triathlete, Chris regularly places in the top of his age group.  He is a 4 x Ironman® finisher and has qualified and competed in the Ironman 70.3® World Championship and USAT National Championship.  After several successful years in the financial world, Chris understands work can be demanding and the importance of training efficiently & effectively. His energetic and results driven mentality are a visible reminder of the dedication that he shows to each and every athlete that he coaches and trains. articles by Chris. Follow Chris on Twitter: @ChrisKaplanis [LINK]

Sue Malandra, Group Leader, has been teaching group fitness for over 20 years.  She is an Ironman® Lake Placid finisher, multiple time Half-iron finisher, 10x marathon finisher and all around badass when it comes to health & fitness. Sue is a Registered Yoga Teacher (200 hour certification) and is working towards her “Yoga for Athletes” cert.  In addition, she is a certified spin instructor and is certified in CrossFit Endurance.  Sue’s experience along with her energetic and contagious personality makes her one of the best in the business.



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Ridgewood Tri Athlete (RTA) is a full service multisport coaching business and triathlon club based out of Bergen County, NJ. In addition to weekly group workouts & the social aspect of our triathlon club, RTA works with athletes from across the country, offering a variety of SERVICES to get you fitter, faster & on track to successfully accomplish your goals!
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