PO Box 567
East Hampton, NY 11937
Phone: (631) 902-3731
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Theresa Roden, Founder & Executive Director
Theresa earned an Education Degree from Stonehill College in MA. She taught pre-school and Kindergarden at the Hampton Day School for eleven years and later created a Movement & Music Program for their pre-school.
Roden was inspired to create the i-tri Program after her own experience of being transformed through triathlon. “I NEVER considered myself an athlete, despised gym class during my entire school career, but at 35 I decided to TRI and complete the Block Island Triathlon. As I began to ‘train’ I discovered so much about myself, each week I became stronger and faster and more confident. I began to change and these changes were not only visible on the outside–the most dramatic changes were happening INSIDE! I came to realize that real training is as much an internal process as it is a physical one–and I crossed that finish line a totally different person! I finally liked myself and appreciated my body for its accomplishments instead of constantly criticizing it for not being a certain shape and size. A few years after completing that first triathlon and many subsequent ones I began to think: If I had learned all of this when I was 12 instead of 35, what a different experience I would have had in life. My own daughter Abby was 12 at the time and so I approached her school’s Principal with the idea and the rest is history…”
Sharon McCobb, Athletic Director – Triathlon Coach
Sharon is a lifelong athlete who finally found her calling. Ten years ago, she sold her business and became a personal trainer. She trains all age groups but was extremely lucky when she had the chance to get involved in two youth programs. The first was coaching the local swim team where she met some amazing young athletes, and the second was becoming the athletic director for a grant funded program called “healthy kids”. Somewhat like the i-tri program it worked on teaching the kids about physical activity and nutrition, and had an art therapist that did projects with the kids to help with their self-esteem.
She moved on to train the young athletes she had coached on the swim team to do their first triathlon. Most of the kids trained that first year are still with Sharon. Out of that program she had the idea that a youth triathlon was needed in the area. Kids wanted to get involved but were finding that the races were too long. Then along came Theresa Roden with her i-tri program. In order for Theresa’s program to go forward she needed to have the youth distance triathlon in place. Together, Sharon and Theresa organized the race and Theresa launched i-tri. Sharon was thrilled when she was asked to become the trainer for the program.
The i-tri program is the perfect combination of teaching all the things needed to race; physical activity, nutrition and confidence. What makes the program successful is the final goal of performing in a triathlon. A triathlon encompasses three lifelong sports. One can always swim, bike, and/or run!!
Diane O’Donnell, Run Coach
Diane was born in New York, New York, but has lived on the East End of Long Island since she was 7 years old. She loves I-Tri, because when she spends time with these girls she sees herself. Diane did not participate in any organized athletics, other than gym class, until she was 27 years old. She was encouraged to run by my husband, Bill, who has been a lifelong runner, but never thought she would come to enjoy running and other sports as much as she has.
Diane is married and a mother of four; three girls and one boy, all grown and out of the house. The children grew up as athletes, and continue to exercise, and sometimes compete. This is one of her proudest accomplishments: her children.
In Diane’s own athletic career, some highlights are running 14 marathons, including 6 NYC Marathons, 2 Boston Marathons, with a PR of 3:29:26 set at NYC in 1991, as a masters athlete. She has run numerous triathlons, beginning in 1983 with the then Mighty Hamptons, 1.5 mile swim, 25 mile bike, 10 mile run. Since then Diane has lost count of the number of races she’s participated in, but also did two Half-Ironman triathlons, as well as off road triathlon, duathlon, running, orienteering and adventure races.
At present, she coaches girls’ running at East Hampton High School, a position she has held for 18 years. Some of her proudest moments come when meeting girls she hasn’t seen since they graduated high school who come back to say they are still running. This is a lifetime accomplishment.
Diane is also a volunteer EMT-CC, with the East Hampton Village Ambulance, and works in my her husband’s business as a secretary/bookkeeper.
Alyssa Channin, Program Leader
Alyssa graduated from Long Island University C.W Post with a degree in Marketing.When she started training after college she couldn’t run a mile without walking; now she runs half marathons. Training has made her stronger physically, but more importantly, mentally. Pushing her body to the limit has given her the mindset that there is no limit. She now knows, and stresses to the i-tri girls, that the only thing that limits us is our fears. Working for i-tri is a dream come true for her. She considers herself lucky that she gets to see the i-tri girls’ transformations both in the classroom and at practice. Watching the girls cross the finish line with big smiles on their faces was one of her proudest moments. During her free time Alyssa enjoys training for her own races, hanging out with friends and family, and practicing her new “i-tri dance moves”.
Hailey P. London, Nutritionist
Hailey P. London MS, RD, The Nutrition Dragon, provides inventive workshops for families, schools and children on making healthy food choices; simply, easily and affordably. In addition, she is the Health and Wellness Educator at Ross School in East Hampton NY, assisting in the develop one of the most innovative and celebrated local and organic school food program in the world. The Nutrition Dragon, also provides gardening, nutrition and culinary education for Project Most’s, Springs Seedlings Program at Springs School and the I-tri Girls inspirational Triathlon program, now in six local schools. Hailey London (Nutrition Dragon)is a contributing author and childhood nutrition expert for “Lunch Lessons: Changing the Way We Feed Our Children” with world renowned school lunch expert, Ann Cooper, as well as a former research author for Joy Bauer, globally recognized celebrity Dietitian. She has received awards from The NY State Assembly for bridging the gap between schools and farms and for excellence in Nutrition Education.
Dr.Melissa Ann Mitchell, PhD
Melissa is an English Language Arts teacher in Southampton Schools and has a true passion to help students find their true potential in any setting. She has recently completed her PhD in Educational Leadership and has a master’s degree in technology and has brought her expertise of web design and marketing to the table at http://www.itrigirls.org. She has been an important part of our work over the last few years, working quietly from the sidelines to make sure everyone who is involved in iTri Girls is kept informed and a part of the greater mission and vision of the organization through the work on the website. She truly has a passion for helping others, both students and organizations, and she is proud to be a part of iTri Girls.