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Ben Collins

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Willis tower RunBen Collins is an American professional triathlete, originally from Seattle, now living and training in Chicago. This site is a place to follow Ben’s career, his results, stories, advice and sponsors.

In 2005 Ben graduated from Columbia University where he was the captain of the swim team, Academic-All Ivy League, and an Ivy League champion in the Individual Medley. After graduating, Ben moved to Honolulu to work for a small engineering firm where he designed autonomous underwater vehicles. There he began racing triathlons as a hobby, but was immediately sucked into the multisport lifestyle. He found immediate success in triathlon, and by the end of 2007 had found his way to the top of the amateur ranks – placing first overall in the Amateur World Championships. Ben chose not to stop there, and in 2008 he began racing professionally with the support of K-Swiss, Garmin, and a community of people and companies willing to lend a hand.

From 2010 through 2012 Ben was part of the USA Triathlon National Team, living at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. Ben now lives in Chicago with his girlfriend Abigail (former US National Rifle Team member, current medical student), Odin, a rhodesian ridgeback and Tesla, a cat.

Through this blog, Ben hopes to connect with his readers. The life of a professional triathlete is filled with sacrifice, reward, disappointment, adventure, exhaustion, success, frustration, friendships, loneliness, and surprises. The journey is not easy, but it is unique. As you follow the blog, please use comments to ask questions, share stories, banter, and promote discussion. This website is for you, please enjoy.




[Ben and Odin post-race]