David Wirth joins our Elite Team of ambassadors as a member of our Triathlete group. We are very pleased to have David be part of Cocoa Elite.
David got his athletic start in high school in Baltimore, MD, captaining varsity track and cross country teams to regional and county titles. He received honors from the United States Marine Corps as the top Scholar Athlete in his school district.
Moving to Pittsburgh for his BS in Mechanical Engineering, he took time off from racing to train at the Marine Corps Officer Candidates School. He returned to running and completed his first triathlon in Erie, PA.
Fast forward 10 years and things have shifted into high gear!
David is now an elite amateur runner and triathlete. He has completed numerous sprint triathlons, a 4-time Boston marathon qualifier and a four time Ironman, including competing at the World Championship in Kona, Hawaii.
Balancing his full-time job as an engineering project manager, David assists as an adviser to the University of Pittsburgh’s Panther Triathlon Club. He also volunteers as a marathon pacer (Follow him @Pacer_Dave). He also started a small training and nutrition coaching service.
On top of all that, David is hungry to get back to Kona. His goal is to improve his Ironman PR of 9:36, by going sub 9 to re-qualify at both the Ironman European Championships and Ironman North Carolina.
Beyond triathlon, David also is working with a local coach to complete his first ultra-marathon and qualify for the Western States 100.
A strong runner and lover of “come from behind victories”, David’s mantra every time he gets off the bike in T2 is “Time to go to work!”
His favorite quote and reminder to athletes of all abilities is “Just smile. It’s impossible to feel pain when you’re smiling.” (David Rod Vest – Dutch endurance athlete and 2x Kona finisher)
It is clear that David will make his mark in the athletic community, if not by his own accomplishment, but by helping others achieve theirs.
His drive and passion made it an easy decisions to add him to the COCOA ELITE team of ambassadors.