2004 USAT Elite Rookie of the Year
Full Name: Rebeccah Irene Wassner
Hometown: Gaithersburg, Md.
City of residence: New York, N.Y. Weekends: Gardiner, N.Y. & New Paltz, N.Y.
College: Mount St. Mary's College
Birth date: 9/1/75
Birth Place: Washington, DC
Personal: Rebeccah Irene Wassner… Born September 1, 1975 in Washington, DC… Nickname is Bec... One of four daughters of Elizabeth O'Connell Wassner & Irving Wassner of Silver Spring, Md... Twin sister, Laurel, swam at George Washington Univeristy and now competes in triathlon... Sister, Sarah, was high school cross country state champion... Worked five years as an accountant before focusing on triathlon… One of a few pro triathletes who live in New York City, Rebeccah spends most of her days training at Chelsea Piers Sports Club or in Central Park... On weekends (when not traveling to races), Rebeccah and her boyfriend, John, head north to their cottage in New Paltz, N.Y... In addition to swimming, biking & running, Rebeccah spends time rock climbing, doing Pilates and hiking.
Elite Career Highlights: Earned wins at ITU Isla Margarita Pan Am Cup, Philadephia Triathlon, Westchester Triathlon, and Ryka Irongirl Triathlon in 2007…Part of elite worlds team in 2006... Ninth at Edmonton World Cup (2006)… Third at NYC Triathlon (2004, 2006, 2007)… Third at Chicago Triathlon (2004)… Third at Pan Am Regional Champs (2006)… Second at Westchester ITU Triathon (2006)… 23rd at Hamburg World Cup (2006)… 21st Cancun World Cup (2006)… 2004 Elite Rookie of the Year… Did not compete in 2005 due to pelvic stress fracture.
Amateur Career Highlights: Featured in Nov. 3, 2003 Sports Illustrated Faces in the Crowd... 2003 25-29 Age Group National champ... 2nd NYC Triathlon, 2002, 2003.
Athletic Background: Four-time Maryland State High School Champion (Track)… Division I cross country & track at Mt. St. Mary's College (13 time conference champion & holder of 4 school records)… 2001 New York Road Runners Age Group Runner of the Year… Member of FILA Discovery USA Marathon team… Has competed in New York, Chicago, London and Philadelphia Marathons.