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an image Zach was born in Tripoli, Libya, to parents in the U.S. Air Force. As an Air Force brat, Zach moved all over the world including Tripoli, Washington D.C., Anchorage AK, Marion, IN, Dayton, OH, and Tehran, Iran, with stops at (too many to list) ports in between.

Zach graduated from Purdue University in the mid-1980s with a degree in Landscape Architecture. When not training, Zach is in charge of redevelopment production on a national basis as Vice President with Berkshire Property Advisors.

Zach competed in his first Triathlon season in 2007. He now has 30 Triathlon or AquaBike events under his belt through the close of the 2011 race season. Zach consistently places in the top three spots in Age Group races. Zach has done his best rising in the half Iron distance and full Iron distance AquaBike offerings throughout the southwest United States. He has seven age group 1st place finishesone overall 1st place Masters finish in the 1/2 Iron AquaBike, one overall 1st place finish in the 1/2 Iron AquaBike, One Grand Master Champion finish in the 1/2 Iron AquaBike, and one 3rd place age group (4th overall) finish in the RedMan (Oklahoma City) Full Iron distance AquaBike event. When not racing the long AquaBike events, he races sprint triathlons. Though the run is not Zach’s strong leg, he will run the sprint distances events five times per season. He has one age group win and 5 second place age group placements to his record.

Zach was not a big multi-sport enthusiast growing up as he was born with clubbed feet and spent most of his childhood years either in the hospital or recovering from surgery. Zach was a reasonably good swimmer, played football and biked regularly through high school but did not keep athletics in his lifestyle after college. At the age of 39, He decided to get fit and swam 3,000 meters a day to lose weight and gain strength. To challenge himself, he began biking and ultimately joined the stamp out Multiple Sclerosis movement and their 150 mile bike events. Zach has participated in every MS 150 bike event since 2005. Once he was in shape, he trained with Scott Eder to improve functional movement and swim technique, which progressed into triathlon interests.

Zach’s goal for 2012 is to compete in five sprint distance triathlons, three 1/2 Iron Man distance AquaBike races (one being the EagleMan USATMA Championship AquaVelo held in Cambridge, MD) and complete in the full iron distance Redman AquaBike event in Oklahoma City.