Castelli Colletivo

Upcoming Races

10/28/2022 Ironman 70.3 World Championship
01/15/2023 Chevron Houston Marathon
04/02/2023 Ironman Texas 70.3
05/21/2023 IRONMAN 70.3 Chattanooga

Past Races

09/11/2022 Ironman 70.3 Atlantic City 6
08/06/2022 IRONMAN 70.3 Boulder 22
06/12/2022 IRONMAN 70.3 Eagleman 19
03/27/2022 Philadelphia Half Marathon 1:41:10
02/06/2022 Manhattan 10k 46:49

Shelley Gao

New York, New York

Primary Discipline(s) Triathlon
Bucket List RaceKona
Post-Race DrinkDiet coke
Off-Day ActivityReading, spending time with my cat, Ollie

I first heard of Ironman four years ago. I had just joined a gym, began exercising regularly and started running. Growing up, I did not participate in sports as my parents valued education above all else. I was raised in Shanghai and Sydney, and after graduating from Stanford and Oxford and establishing a career in a global investment bank, I began to discover the value and the joy that an active lifestyle can bring. When I heard my friend was doing an ironman in late 2017, I looked it up and thought how impossible it seemed (at that time, I didn't know how to ride a bike and could barely swim). It inspired me to think that maybe one day, I could do a triathlon. In September 2021, I finished Ironman Maryland. Ironman was one of the best things to ever happen to me as it forced outside of my comfort zone everyday. I learnt to bike, learnt to drive, ventured to different parts of the country, and challenged myself to expand my boundaries. Triathlon has given me an immense sense of purpose, satisfaction, adventure, and an avenue for my drive and desire to grow and evolve. I never imagined my life to turn out this way and to embark on this athletic journey. This unexpected journey is more beautiful and rewarding than I could have ever imagined.