Mark H. Wilson is a highly-accomplished triathlete and coach with more than 25 years of experience. As an athlete, Mark has achieved success as an Ironman 70.3 World Championship Finisher and was a eight-time finisher in the Ironman USA Lake Placid with a P.R. of 10:59:40. Other career highlights include eight-time finisher in the S.O.S (Survival of the Shawangunks), Escape from Alcatraz Qualifier – Westchester Triathlon and he was also a six-time USAT All-American.
Being a competitive runner since the age of 12, Mark was excited about the prospect of being as fit as the triathletes he had seen in national magazines. They seemed like the fittest people on the planet. Having already completed several marathons, it seemed feasible to Mark to jump right into the half-distance triathlon; it went very well and lead to a lifelong interest and profession in the sport.
As a professional coach, Mark has performed countless triathlon training camps all over the United States as a USAT Level I and lI Certified Coach. Mark has also individually trained thousands of athletes. His coaching honors run the gamut and include Ironman Triathlon World Championship, Ironman 70.3 World Championship, ITU Olympic Triathlon World Championship, ITU Sprint Triathlon World Championship, Lifetime Fitness National Championship, USAT Age-Group All-Americans, ITU World Championship Qualifier – Athena Champion, and USAT Ironman National Championship – Athena Champion, as well as Hudson Valley Magazine 2008 Triathlon Coach of the Year, just to name a few.
Mark is the founder of two triathlon clubs; Hudson Valley Triathlon Club (HVTC) and Southern Tier Triathlon Club (STTC) in the Hudson Valley and Western NY, respectively; both host a mid-week Summer Tri-Series June-September which are sanctioned by USA Triathlon. These grass-roots events are fun for beginners and speed sharpeners for seasoned triathletes, alike. As an All-American athlete, nationally renowned coach and race director for the past 25+ years, Mark knows what athlete’s are looking for in a race experience and can help your organization provide a professional, well executed event in your neighborhood or city.
Mark is also a Professional Life Coach. Through his uncanny motivational and training skills, Mark has inspired hundreds of athletes to pursue their dreams and personal goals. His contagious positive energy and passion for triathlon has made him one of the most beloved coaches in the sport. One of Mark’s coaching mantras perhaps sums it up best: Participating in the sport of triathlon may cause radiant health and spiritual well-being.
“I don’t work with elite athletes, I create them!” – Coach Mark Wilson