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Kelly Fillnow

Kelly spent her childhood going from morning gymnastics meets, to afternoon soccer practices, and then to softball games under the lights. During high school, she trained at Van der Meer tennis academy in Hilton Head Island with her twin sister and older brother.

Kelly received a scholarship to Davidson College and played number one singles and number one doubles with her twin for four straight years. While in college, she discovered a love for running and joined the cross country team. Kelly led Davidson College to their first ever Southern Conference title and finished her career as a 10 time All Conference Honoree in tennis and cross country, while graduating cum laude. After graduating, she had the opportunity to compete for Duke University, then ranked #1 in the nation. Kelly finished All-Region in cross country while the Blue Devils went on to win ACC’s, Regionals, and placed third at NCAA’s.

A few years after college, Kelly stumbled into triathlon and finished 3rd in her first triathlon, despite not knowing how to swim. She won my first half ironman, and then qualified for the Hawaii Ironman World Championships in her first Ironman in 10:16. She went on to podium at her first two Hawaii Ironman appearances, became a Duathlon Age Group World Champion, a Duathlon National Age Group Champion, and set the American amateur Ironman record in her third Ironman in 9:29:49. She decided to turn professional after numerous amateur titles to challenge myself against the best in the world. Kelly says she is so grateful for her supporters and sponsors as she chases after my dreams.