The Minnesota Junior Elite Triathlon Team (MJET) was formed by Coaches Kris Swarthout and John Shelp in 2007. The team annually has an estimated 30 athletes, ages 9-25. MJET athletes race both locally in the Midwest and nationally. Athletes have competed in both non-draft legal and ITU draft legal races, recording numerous wins and top 5 placements.
“I’m excited for MJET athletes to join the Z3 Triathlon family,” commented Kris Swarthout, founder of the MJET team. “The merging of our two teams will serve to further strengthen triathlon in the United States by providing excellent programming and access to quality coaches for Minnesota athletes.”
Swarthout has served as the head coach of TEAM USA triathlon squad since 2010, and has travelled the globe to world triathlon championship events. He will serve as the head coach of the Minnesota satellite of Z3 Triathlon Team, which will be based in the Minneapolis metro area.
“The partnering of Z3 and MJET is a perfect match,” added Jenny Weber, head coach and founder of Z3 Triathlon. “I’m excited to add the talented roster of MJET athletes to the Z3 family. It’s also going to be a fantastic opportunity to work directly with one of the best coaches in the country, Kris Swarthout.”
The announcement was made at the MJET end-of-year celebration in Minneapolis. Approximately 30 people attended. The guest speaker was ITU World Champion Gwen Jorgensen!
Do you live in Minnesota and want to get involved with a great triathlon development program? Email info@z3triathlon today!