Katarina Marks is a passionate athlete and proud Vitalyte brand ambassador who never backs down from an intense challenge, as evidenced by her recent success in the 2015 XTERRA World Championship. For those who don’t know, the XTERRA is one of the world’s most grueling off-road triathlon events, which includes a 1.5-kilometer (1-mile) swim, a 32-kilometer (20-mile) mountain bike, and a 10.5-kilometer (6.5 mile) trail run. Based in breathtaking Maui, Hawaii, the event has been described as “a tropical roller-coaster ride through pineapple fields and forests.”
This year, Katarina was one of about 800 athletes from all over the world to take part in the event, and she truly left her mark. Not only did she finish (which is an incredible feat in itself), but she was the 6th fastest participant in the world for her age group, and the 2nd fastest American. According to Katarina:
This was the toughest race I have ever done. They test your mental, physical, and emotional limits and push you to reach out of your comfort zone to be a better you! First time swimming in the ocean, and I swam 4 minutes faster than Nationals. The bike course was brutal! 3,500 ft of elevation gain in 20 miles and yet I still had a faster bike pace split than nationals! The run was intense and ran faster than nationals and it was further!
Katarina also had plenty of people to thank for her remarkable success:
A huge thank you to everyone who has supported me and helped me get to this point (especially my wonderful husband)! Thank you to my wonderful sponsors: Osmo Hydration, Durango Running Company, Pagosa Mountain Sports, Vitalyte, Raw Revolution, Timex Factory Team, Purely Elizabeth, Veggie Go's, MD Sox, Visigo Sport, Teaologists, & Oiselle Volee team! And of course to God, for blessing me with these abilities and to be able to glorify Him with it! Multiple times during the bike and run I kept repeating some Scripture to keep pressing on -- especially Hebrews 12:2: “Let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.”
Katarina’s success is a testament to her tireless commitment to excellence, and we expect to see even more great milestones from her in the future. We feel honored that Vitalyte was able to play a role in her achievement, and it inspires us to see game-changing athletes maintaining peak performance with help from this truly one-of-a-kind blend. According to Katarina, “In order to prepare for my race this morning, I took Vitalyte Pre-Workout before the start of the swim, stayed up on my electrolytes during & after the race, and took Vitalyte complete recovery after the race, so that I can insure to recover quickly!”