Bengi Goldberg

Bengi Goldberg

About:

Born in Cape Town, South Africa, Bengi has had the privilege of living in a city that offers racing and training along some of the most beautiful coastlines and on some of the most spectacular mountains in the world. Born into a family with an active lifestyle, Bengi quickly caught the running bug, and by age 16 ran his first half marathon. Since then, running has been a key part of his life. Bengi sees running as a privilege and as an incredible opportunity to test himself physically and mentally.

Active Lifestyle:

When Bengi isn’t training competitively or running socially with friends, he can usually be found doing some sort of outdoor activity, such as hiking, rock climbing, cycling, snorkeling, ocean paddling or riding dirt bikes. Bengi loves being part of the growing running community and is always keen to meet new people who share his passion for being active.

2020 Goals:

Bengi’s upcoming goals include running a sub 3-hour marathon, a sub 80 minute half marathon, and completing ultra-distance trail races for the first time.

Belt of Choice:

Fully Loaded Water and Gel Belt

Juliette Zetha

Juliette Zetha

About:

Giulia was born in Milan, Italy, but decided to take a big leap and move to the mountains where her boyfriend lives. She now lives in a small Village in Aosta Valley, Gressoney, and loves it. She is grateful for the opportunity to enjoy all the amazing things that the area has to offer. Giulia is an employee at a ski-school, but always cuts out some time to do what she loves the most: ski-touring in the wintertime and trail running in summer. She began to intensify her training only 4 years ago. This passion came out of nowhere, but since then it has brought her many accomplishments.

Active Lifestyle:

Giulia has a really active lifestyle, even on days when she is relaxing. She loves going up the mountains to watch the sunrise or sunset from the summit, always accompanied by her best mate, her dog Baloo.

2020 Goals:

Tor des Geants is one of her biggest aspirations. She had the chance to participate in 2018 and ended up becoming one of the finishers of this incredible race! In 2019, she tried it again but unfortunately didn’t have the same physical and mental strength as the year before. She said 2021 is going to be her year! She will be able to face those 330 km and 30.000 h+ that 3 years ago made her feel like a “Giant”!!!!

Reixa Camacho

Reixa Camacho

About:

Reixa lives in hot and sunny South Florida. She is a runner and a certified personal trainer. Her love for long distance running  came about in January 2015 when she witnessed a marathon/half marathon that was happening by the beach. Seeing all bodies, ages and backgrounds being represented inspired her. She ran the same half marathon on January 2016 in honor of her father. It was her favorite race and this will be her 6th year running it and her 18th half. The race is February 14th and it is a live race. Her goal for this race is a sub 2.

Active Lifestyle:

Reixa teaches group classes via zoom 3x a week, and also does yoga. She enjoys going to the beach all year round. 

2021 Goals:

Run a sub 2 half marathon and run a marathon for the first time.

Belt of Choice:

Hydra 16 Hydration Belt. Living in south Florida and running outdoors you always have to make sure you are well hydrated. She also likes the integrated bib toggles because her shirts do not get ruined.

Maria Fernanda Casanova

Maria Fernanda Casanova

About:

Maria is from Caracas, Venezuela. She works as a doctor’s assistant and in 2017 she started motivating many people into the world of running. She lives a healthy fitness life but running, which started as a hobby, turned into a passion.

Active Lifestyle:

She loves running, swimming, biking, yoga, hiking and everything related to doing physical activities. Maria is preparing to do a sub 2 in a half marathon with the support of her family, friends and running team.

2021 Goals:

Running in another country is her dream and a goal that has always on her mind. She also want to continue being active and motivating many people to practice in sports because she knows it’s the best medicine in these difficult times.

Belt of choice:

Ultimate I running belt with gels! She likes it because it is perfect for running long distances, being able to store her cell phone, ID, energy gels and gummies.

 

Steffi Fuchs

Steffi Fuchs

About:

Steffi was born and raised in Germany and since 1996 has been living in the USA, in the Evergreen State of Washington. She is working as a Food Service Provider at her local school district. She loves spending time with the kids and watch them grow up. She ran her first 5K eight years ago and fell in love with running and races. In 2016 , she finished her first Half Marathon and her first Sprint Triathlon.

Active Lifestyle:

Steffi enjoys the outdoors, running, hiking, bike riding, swimming and walks with her dog Oliver. She loves running races, everything from a 5K to a Half Marathon – she enjoys them all. In the summer, she gears more toward swimming in the lake and paddle boarding too. She is doing a lot of cardio weight lifting, because it is beneficial for running.

2020 Goals:

Her biggest goal is to run a Full Marathon on a race! The Chicago Marathon this year is her biggest goal she has ever reached for. There will be a lot of hard work, sweat and tears to get there. Her other goal would be to finish a Half Marathon in less than two hours (she got so close at her last race – finished with the time of 2.00.32)! She wants to run as many races as possible this year, to make up for all ones missed last year!

 

Jonathan Falk

Jonathan Falk

About:

Jonathan is beyond excited to be part of this  Fitletic community. He is  married to a very understanding wife (especially when it comes to running ) and they have three beautiful kids together. He is a competitive runner and  enjoys racing, something that he has greatly missed over the past year. He is fascinated by the science behind running, so much so that he pursued  an MS in Exercise & Sports Science and his words, “you know, because one Masters degree just wasn’t enough”. He is also a a certified running coach (RRCA), and has coached several runners to BQ’s over the years. Currently,  he is a national coach for Team in Training (part of the Leukemia Lymphoma Society)!

 

Dominique Mastrototoro

Dominique Mastrototoro

About:

Dominique is the owner of Dance Soul Motion, a boutique fitness studio, group exercise instructor, and personal trainer: when she is not at the studio or working with clients virtually, she is taking on new adventures with my husband and her dog! After starting her own business in 2013 and working non-stop for the first few years, she realized how important it was to take time for her own fitness goals:  She started running and cross training and can’t imagine her days without a morning sweat session or mid-day run!

Active Lifestyle:

Dominique teaches yoga, Pilates, barre and kickboxing as a group exercise professional, but also makes time for her own workouts because it is key for her mental health. She enjoys weight lifting, endurance training, and has fallen in love with running the past few years. In the summer you can find her on my bike, her kayak, or on the mountain: She loves anything that gets her outside and moving when the weather is warm!

2020 Goals:

She ran her 1st marathon in 2020, the Virtual NYC Marathon. Her goal for 2021 is to run another marathon, hopefully in person, and get in more time on her bike during the summer months.

Belt of Choice:

Journey Backpack – she loves this piece for hiking, day-trips with her dog, and any adventure she might imagine!

Bennett Brookstein

Bennett Brookstein

About:

Bennett has been running since middle school cross country/track. He is a health and physical education teacher.

He accomplished to run 23 marathons and has qualified for the Boston Marathon twice and ran it once in 2017.

This year, he qualified for Chicago and Boston marathon. Since Covid 19 hit,  him and his friend put together their our own marathon, “Just for Crusin”  which became his unofficial 24th marathon.

Bennett has ran the  Broad Street Run 10 miler 30 years consecutively and many races in the area: Rock N Roll Philly, Love Run, Philly Half Marathon and Unite Half Marathon. He love assisting other runners complete and PR at races.

He is the Founder and President of the Fairmount Running Club in Philadelphia.

Active Lifestyle:

Bennett is an avid cyclist and loves taking long rides from Philadelphia to Atlantic City and on the Schuylkill River Trial (SRT) to Valley Forge Park. His favorite foods are Philly soft pretzels and AC subs and his favorite place to run locally is on the Atlantic City boardwalk.

Fitletic Product of Choice:

Ultimate II Running Belt- needs it for all his long training runs.

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