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  • Brand Ambassador: Mariah Kelly is a Contender for The Canadian Olympic Team

    Vitalyte Brand Ambassador Update: Mariah Kelly

    Brand ambassador Mariah Kelly is a contender for the Canadian Olympic Team in the 1500 meters. Vitaltye has been there during her quest for Rio 2016 and are proud to help her meet her potential as a world class runner. Recently Mariah stated, “Since using the Vitalyte product I have competed in three high performance events, one in which I was able to cut 6 seconds off my personal best time.”

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    The Vancouver, BC resident who is a member of the Victoria Elite team, loves grape flavored Vitalyte on the go stick packs to keep her hydrated before, during and after tough workouts. Mariah also enjoys Tri Phase pre workout drink for endurance athletes. This world class athlete demands a lot from her body and says, “I have enjoyed the new product so much and I can already tell that it is making a huge difference in my recovery process. I use the pre and post recovery powder before and after all my high intensity workouts on the track and I use the electrolyte packs on the go throughout the day to help achieve maximum hydration and optimal recovery. I feel much more hydrated throughout the day and I have just noticed a huge difference in the way I feel throughout work outs. Not only do I feel different but I am also performing at a higher level.”

    Stay tuned on more from Mariah as she competes in the Canadian Olympic trials July 7th-10th in Edmonton, Alberta.

  • Brand Ambassador Update: Michael Drackert at the Fat Tire Off Road Duathlon

    Vitalyte's Brand Ambassador Michael Drackert at the Fat Tire Off Road Duathlon

    Vitalyte's Brand Ambassador Michael Drackert finished first overall at the Fat Tire Off Road Duathlon in Lawrence, Kansas. The race was a fast two mile trail run followed by a ten mile mountain bike. For our super star multi sport athlete these were considered "short distances, but full gas speed the whole time!" Michael fueled for his tough off road event with Vitalyte's Tri Phase pre workout energy drink for endurance athletes. The long burning carbohydrate source in Tri Phase gave Michael enough energy to power him through fifty four minutes of twists and turns on the course. As our athlete representative put it himself, it was "crucial to be topped up before" energy wise for such an intense event. "Tri Phase drink prior to the start gave me all the energy I needed to go for the win!"

    Michael Drackert finished Fat Tire Off Road Duathlon

    At Vitalyte we love our brand ambassadors like Michael! They compete hard in the sports that they love! During training they fuel with the best electrolyte replacement drink for athletes. And for optimal recovery our ambassadors reach for Complete Recovery, the best recovery drink for athletes. Are you interested in joining the Vitalyte team? Submit your application, available on our website, to become a brand ambassador. We are looking for outgoing brand enthusiasts who enjoy spreading the good word about our top quality sports nutrition products.

    Michael Drackert Fat Tire Off Road Duathlon
  • Vitalyte Brand Ambassadors Have Been Hitting the Pavement, Trails and Water

    Update on Vitalyte Brand Ambassadors

    Once again Vitalyte Brand ambassadors have been hitting the pavement, trails and water with a vengeance.

    Maia Detmer Ultra Distance Runner

    maia detmerMarch was a busy month for Maia Detmer as our ultra distance runner extraordinaire placed 20th overall and was the 5th female finisher at the Monument Valley 50 Miler in Utah. With a finish time of 10 hours and 16 minutes she didn't have a lot of time to dilly dally but she was able to stop and pose for a photo opp along the scenic course. She was also able to make sure she refueled with her favorite Vitalyte products to keep her hydrated and energized. It starts to get hot this time of year so our electrolyte formula for ultra-distance runners is a must if you plan on testing your body to the limit like Maia does.



    Triathlete and Duathlete Michael Drackert

    michael drackert runningAs for triathlete and duathlete Michael Drackert, he is two for two as he starts this race season. Taking home first place in both of his recent duathlons, the Missouri resident is ready as he prepares for upcoming XTerra races. Our superstar multi-sporter was able to "hit the run hard and power through the bike" thanks to Tri Phase Pre Workout Endurance Formula, the perfect endurance drink for triathletes.

    San Diegan Jennifer Potter marked another endurance event off her checklist when she completed the Superseal Triathlon. This was her first Olympic distance triathlon and this dynamic athlete has a lot to be proud of. Vital electrolytes are lost during training and racing so Jennifer replaces them with grape flavored Vitalyte. This electrolyte drink for triathletes has the perfect ratio of electrolytes to keep our brand enthusiasts hydrated for race day.

    Congratulations to all of our ambassadors and keep up the great work! We are cheering for you and look forward to your next adventures. Stay hydrated!

  • Brand Ambassador Michael Drackert Getting Ready for Groundhog 10K

    Updates on Brand Ambassador Michael Drackert

    I received an unexpected free race entry to the Goundhog 10K. The whole route is located in underground storage caverns. While the outside temperature was below freezing, it was a warm 65 F in the caverns. I raced well on minimal training as I'm coming out of an off season. Not my fastest 10K, but I finished in the top 20 out of +1,000 people.

    brand ambassador Michael Drackert runningSpent a week in Hawaii for vacation. I got in touch with the Hawaiian Ultra Running Team for some trail running recommendations. Needless to say, the trails did not let me down. It was absolutely beautiful. I used the Tri-Phase endurance fuel pre runs and one packet of the Electrolyte Replacement for a couple long runs, including a tough 15 miler with close to 4,000 feet elevation gain.

    Training is ramping up with about 10 hours per week spread across the bike, run, and swim plus weight training. I'm frequently using the Complete Recovery for the amino acids as well as the chia bars. The rest of February includes a lot of base volume.



    Upcoming Events

    • March I'm racing the Tinman Biathlon... 10K run followed by 20 mile bike.
    • April I'm racing MaxTrax Duathlon (1.5 mi run, 15 mi bike, 3 mi run) and the GC Off-Road Duathlon (2mi trail run, 15 mi mountain bike)
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  • Utah Rock Climbing

    Jackie Hueftle -- Vitalyte Brand Ambassador

    I recently celebrated my 32nd birthday. This birthday was special for me in a few ways, perhaps mostly because now I have been climbing for half my life. As noted in my previous post I began climbing around my 16th birthday. Since then climbing has become the center around which my life revolves.

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    In the end of March I flew to Las Vegas to meet up with my boyfriend Chris and attend the Red Rocks Rendezvous. In this annual event pro climbers teach clinics on all aspects ofclimbing, and Chris was scheduled to teach several bouldering clinics. Even though I live in dry Colorado, the Vegas desert is even drier and more demanding and I was grateful I’d packed some Vitalyte to keep me hydrated when we went bouldering and taught clinics in Calico Basin.

    From Vegas we headed to Zion National Park in Utah. Zion is a dramatic and beautiful canyon full of stunning red sandstone walls that seem to reach to the sky. I’d never been to Zion and I wanted to see something new for my birthday so we drove out there and explored the canyon before spending a the night in the very full campground with some friendly Coloradans who offered to share their site with us.

    The next day was cold and windy with a prediction of rain or snow so we bid adieu to our new friends and drove out the other end of Zion toward Bryce Canyon National Park.

    IMG_9511I grew up reading Edward Abbey novels and though I’ve spent time around Moab, Lake Powell, and Indian Creek, I’d never actually seen the rest of Southern Utah that I’ve read so much about. Bryce Canyon’s first overlook is the stunning Bryce Amphitheater (PIC), and were it a bit warmer we would have liked to explore it. As it was we decided to continue on and took the scenic Highway 12 north and east toward Capital Reef National Park.

    There’s a lot of beautiful land in Utah and the rock formations in and out of the parks were extraordinary. We saw petroglyphs, pictographs, ancient and still-operating ranches, rivers, and lots and lots of crazy rock formations. As climbers, there was potential everywhere. As travelers, we were glad to have Vitalyte to drink because it’s easy to get dehydrated on long car rides and Vitalyte is a quick and tasty way to get yourself back on the right side of hydration.

    IMG_9489Finally we ended up in the mountains where we had a somewhat scary drive through a snowstorm on a muddy ranch road and found some great camping and climbing high above the valley floor. We enjoyed a few days of complete isolation in which we saw nobody and didn’t even have cell service as we explored the boulders. The weather was mixed, with several snowstorms blowing through and blue skies in between. The wind was taxing on the middle day, and in the afternoon we were forced to retreat to the car where we ate soup and drank Vitalyte as an afternoon snack to help us recover from the harsh conditions. The last day in the mountains was the worst weather-wise, and instead of staying the night and risking getting suck on the muddy road again we packed up during a dry spell and bailed to the nearest burger stand. From there we drove to a camp spot we know, low and dry, and then the next morning home to Boulder. All in all it was a great birthday week. I saw lots of new things, did some climbing, and had a nice vacation from work and from my cell phone. Now I’m back home and back at work, but I can’t wait for my next adventure!

  • Meet Brand Ambassador Karl Rittger

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    Karl Rittger is from Hunterdon County, New Jersey where he was voted most athletic for 4 years in high school where he wrestled, played football and lacrosse. He attended Brown University in Providence Rhode Island where he received a Bachelor of Science in Geology/Physics - Mathematics. At Brown he wrestled Division I and his senior year he was a NCAA qualifier. After Brown, Karl moved to Vail, Colorado where he lived the ski bum life. He skied over 100 days a year before moving to Santa Barbara where he earned his Masters and PhD in Environmental Science and Management studying snow hydrology. Currently he works at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena.
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    With his free time Karl mountain bikes, rock climbs, and snowboards/skies both inbounds and in the back country. He has recently started racing mountain bikes. Karl enjoys both sport climbing and traditional climbing but his favorite is multi pitch traditional climbing. Skiing provides both a recreational activity for Karl as well as allowing him to do field work related to his job.
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    For climbing Karl always throws a few Vitalyte raspberry chia surges in his pack along with a few peanut butter chocolate chia bars. He's been known to pass them out to bonking climbers. Before racing Karl fuels up mandarin orange tri-phase endurance while sipping on natural lemonade electrolyte replacement during the race.
  • Team Vitalyte's Soren Thompson Goes to Columbia!

    Competing in 95 degree temperatures with 95% percent humidity was a tough test, but Vitalyte helped me once again.  At the recent Pan Am Zonal Fencing Championships in Cartagena, Columbia I won my fifth medal in three years.  Thank you Vitalyte Original Citrus and Chia Surge!

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  • The Surf City Marathon: A Lesson.

    By Laura Conley

    The Surf City Half Marathon was a big lesson for me!  I learned to listen to my body and give it more than enough rest!!!  I had been sick the week prior to the race with the stomach flu and after drinking lots of Vitalyte to replace electrolytes and fluid lost I thought I was better. I knew that my digestive system was still not quite right, but I thought I could push through and be ok. Long story short - boy was I WRONG!!!  I started out the race very conservatively and then picked up the pace as the miles flew by.  Around mile 6-7 though, my stomach decided that enough was enough!  I started cramping and having to make frequent bathroom visits.  I think the running really churned things up in my gut all over again.  I was so disappointed that I couldn't keep running strong, but I never quit.  I just kept jogging/walking/bathroom visiting until I reached the finish line.  By some miracle I finished in about 1:30ish!  Still, I will always remember that race because it was a reminder that I am human and I should listen to the my body when it needs to rest.  I can't wait to come back next year nice and healthy to race a new Personal Record!!! :)

  • Vitalyte Powers My Training At Work and At Play….

    By Jeff Foy - Brand Ambassadorimg_2689

    Part 1

    I was introduced to Vitalyte a couple months ago when my fire department decided to make a switch from our old electrolyte replacement to a healthier option and Vitalyte fit that need. I was using the single serve sticks and definitely seeing results, without all the side effects and crashes other products offer. I hadn’t done any research as to how it all worked - I just knew I felt better.

    I finally decided I wanted to learn more and it was just in time. The following weekend headed out to the Desert to attend a rescue class on the river in 110+ degree weather. Lucky me. I went to a local Vitalyte retailer and stocked up on Chia Surge, Tri-Phase and Complete Recovery. The class went from first thing in the morning until after midnight the first day and all day the second. I’m convinced that my ability to keep from keeling over directly correlates with my use of Vitalyte.

    You can guess that, as a firefighter, we participate in pretty intense physical training on a regular basis. We spend between 4-8 hours a day of training. Just doing our job alone is draining, but add all the protective gear in addition to the heat, and you can infer the importance of staying on top of our electrolyte balance. My crew and I go through 1-3 stick packs per day, per person, depending on the intensity of the climate. From climbing a 107-foot ladder to training for wildfires, stick packs and chia surge have become the staples to keep us going.

    As for our fitness at work, it can last up to 2 hours; lifting weights, followed by either a few mile run or putting our bikes on stationary trainers and riding for 30-60 min. We follow all that up with circuit training using body weight exercises, kettle bells, tractor tires and sledge hammers. I think I need a chia surge just thinking about doing all that. I like to take Tri-Phase about 30 min before we start, I have a water bottle or 2 filled with a stick packs (lately grape or lemonade) that I drink throughout the workout, and lastly I usually have a chia surge in the middle of the cardio portion of our training. Of course post training I include complete recovery.

    I have noticed a significant difference in my training at work and at play and I thank Vitalyte for the positive change.

    Stay tuned for part 2

  • My name is Jamie Brown. I am a Triathlete, AMPUTEE, and DIABETIC.

    Learning to be an endurance athlete with diabetes has always been tough.

    Constantly checking blood sugar has always made me think of an appropriate sports cliché: "NEVER GETTING TOO HIGH OR TOO LOW" will help you be successful. Well, I really have to live that lifestyle.

    Over the past year since I started my journey in this sport, I have been constantly looking for easy hydration and in race products to keep my training strong and races stronger. Since I started using Vitalyte products, I really have seen an increase in my ability to push my own limits... and I'm not just saying that.

    I'm currently training for 2 major races in May. The ITU triathlon in San Diego May 12 and The Paratriathlon National Championships in Austin Texas MAY 29. I have been using Tri-phase endurance, which has totally amped up my energy levels over all. I've been training in Escondido, CA in an attempt to replicate the heat I may encounter in some of my races. On my longer runs, I've been loving Chia-Surge to keep my calories up without feeling full at all. Beyond that,  the electrolyte replacement sticks have kept me hydrated and cool on some of the hotter (90+) days, allowing me to go for over an hour on hilly terrain! I'm more than excited to be a Vitalyte Brand Ambassador so keep an eye out for my blog posts in the months to come! Thank you to Vitalyte for your amazing products!!

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