Castelli Colletivo

Past Races

05/28/2022 Carl Dolan Cycling Classic
05/01/2022 Hampton Criterium
04/16/2022 Columbia Gateway Duathlon
03/19/2022 Black Hill Circuit Race

Summer Garnes

Bowie, Maryland

Primary Discipline(s) Triathlon, Road Cycling / Criterium
Bucket List RaceIronman World Championship…Kona!
Post-Race DrinkRipple Protein Shake
Off-Day ActivityWatching Tv like a couch potato

I raise two beautiful, talented boys, manage large information technology projects, and serve my community as a member of a historically black sorority. There’s pressure to balance it all – being a single mom to boys or operating in professional spaces where you are underrepresented. But I am successful because I am goal-oriented, focused, and determined.
Running and cycling are my “me” time. I also play tennis and practice yoga, but my endurance sports are essentially free therapy. For however many miles I’m tackling that day, I’m given a space to process all the thoughts and ideas going through my head. It is also a break from my responsibilities and a time where I can just focus on myself.

My drive serves me well in endurance sports. It wasn’t that long ago when someone close to me told me that I couldn’t complete a 5K run because of some of my health issues (born with club foot and have anemia). I proved him wrong. Soon after, I completed the Cherry Blossom 10 miler and several half marathons!

Fast forward to today, I am a triathlete now! Swimming is something I’ve been working to get stronger at. And I have recently completed my first sprint triathlon in 2022. My goal is to complete an Ironman 70.3 (Eagleman), encouraging more black women and underrepresented groups to suffer along with us (because we all know triathlons are a sufferfest)!

I know I have a ways to go towards my Ironman journey, but with the enlistment of a IM Tri Coach and my drive and determination, I know I will achieve this goal!