Matthew Russell

Matt was born and raised on a small farm in Lisbon, NY. He grew up playing soccer, basketball, and baseball, as those were the only sports his K-12 school offered. As a junior, he merged with another school (Canton) where he ran cross country and track. When Matt was 8, his mom became ill with ALS, Lou Gehrig’s disease. Throughout the five years that she battled the disease, he learned many valuable lessons from her, including the importance of determination and carrying a positive attitude. At a very young age, he learned that the Lord has a plan for everyone. He races in memory of his mother and to raise awareness for ALS.

After high school, Matt attended the University of New Hampshire and competed on the cycling team for one season. The fall of his junior year he ran two marathons within 20 days. In the spring, Matt ran on the track and field team at the Division 1 school. In 2006, he was the Division 1 New England Champion in the 3000 steeplechase. In 2007, he graduated with a Masters degree in occupational therapy.

Immediately after college, Matt relocated to Boulder, Colorado and worked full time as an occupational therapist. He continued to train as he dipped into the multisport world and competed in duathlons. In his first professional race, he finished first at the 2008 ITU Duathlon National Championships. From there, he competed in 5 Duathlon World Championships events (Italy, Scotland, Spain, Switzerland & one in the United Sates) and claimed another Duathlon National title in 2010.

Matthew Russell Ironman WinIn 2010, Matt learned how to swim and entered into the triathlon world. He quickly excelled and earned his pro card in his second triathlon. In the 2014 KPR (Kona Points Ranking) he was ranked as the 3rd American and 15th in the world at the Ironman distance. Matt has competed in over 25 full Ironman races. He is the 2012 Ironman Canada Champion and has competed at Ironman World Championships for the past 4 years with a consistent placement between 11th – 23rd. In 2016, Matt won Raleigh 70.3 and finished 2nd at Ironman Cozumel.

Throughout his career Matt has coached numerous athletes including a large triathlon team of 150+ athletes in Austin, Texas. He taught masters swim, spin classes, and led track workouts while also formulating training plans for all of the athletes.

Matt is excited about the opportunities that lie ahead. Realizing that each day is a gift from God, he tries to live each day as if it is his last.


Triathlon PRs:

Ironman: 8:14

Half Ironman: 3:51

3000 steeplechase: 9:07

Run PRs:

5k: 14:46

Half marathon: 1:10

Marathon: 2:29