Meet our Ambassadors

Ben Kanute

Ben Kanute became interested in triathlon after watching his dad race when he was just seven years old. He competed on USA Triathlon’s youth elite and junior elite circuits, winning one national title as a youth elite and two as a junior elite. He attended the University of Arizona and competed on the school’s club triathlon team, winning both the sprint- and Olympic-distance titles at the 2013 USA Triathlon Collegiate National Championships.

Kanute earned his first ITU Triathlon World Cup medal in 2014 and was named to the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team, placing 29th at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Kanute now races both on the ITU World Triathlon Series circuit and the IRONMAN 70.3 circuit. In 2017 he earned a silver medal at the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship.

He enjoys triathlon because it allows him to be outside and test the limits of his body. He has a tradition of watching a bad made-for-TV movie the night before a race. In his free time when he is not racing, he enjoys hanging out in cafes, watching Netflix, playing Xbox, reading and grilling food.

Career Highlights 

2021 Challenge Miami Distance Pro Race third place
2019 Chengdu ITU Triathlon World Cup silver medalist
2019 ITU World Triathlon Mixed Relay Series Abu Dhabi silver medalist
2019 ITU World Triathlon Mixed Relay Series Tokyo bronze medalist
2018 Hamburg ITU Mixed Relay World Championships bronze medalist
2017 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship silver medalist
2017 Island House Triathlon champion
2017 ITU Triathlon Mixed Relay World Championships silver medalist
2016 U.S. Olympic Triathlon Team Member (29th)
2016 ITU Triathlon Mixed Relay World Championships gold medalist
2015 USA Triathlon Elite National Champion
2013 USA Triathlon Collegiate National Championships, men's overall draft-legal sprint and Olympic-distance champion
2010 USA Triathlon Junior Elite National Champion
2008 USA Triathlon Junior Elite National Champion 

Christine Warren

Christine Warren is a triathlete, living and training in Dallas, TX.  After breaking both of her ankles in horse accidents less than 1 year apart in 2016, she was inspired to stop taking her body for granted and signed up for fitness classes at Orangetheory Fitness to “get fit.”  She took up running in 2016, and quickly realized that endurance sports could fill that need for challenge and the ability to push the limits she was looking for.   She signed up for a local 5k that summer and much to her surprise, won her age group of more than 50 runners.   That sparked a desire for more and a realization that running was actually something she really enjoyed doing and wanted to continue to work on.  After completing several 5Ks, 10Ks, and half marathons, it was time to see what else she could add in the mix.  While on route to a vacation in Grand Cayman in 2017,  upon surfing the internet to see what was happening on the island, she discovered that it just so happened the Flowers Sea Swim would take place that same weekend, and signed up on a whim.   She swam her first open water 1 mile race after not having been in the pool since swimming competitively in high school, but it sparked such fond memories that the next logical step had to be triathlon.  After begging her husband, who was not excited about the prospect of her riding a bike on the dangerous roads of Orange County, she convinced him to let her join a local triathlon team for beginners, bought a tri bike off of Craiglist, rented a wetsuit, and was off to the races!  Christine placed 5th overall and qualified for Age Group Nationals in her first triathlon in September 2017 – the Long Beach Sprint Triathlon in Long Beach, CA.  It was love at first tri, and the rest is history.

The more Christine learned about fitness and how the body works, she became very intrigued by what a huge role nutrition has not only in fitness but in our society and world.  Christine decided to pursue studies in nutrition and has completed a certification from the International Sports Sciences Association as a Specialist in Fitness Nutrition, and also from E-Cornell in Plant-Based Nutrition.   Christine is a vegan athlete and is extremely passionate about nutrition and holistic wellness.

Between all the training and racing, Christine still maintains her career as a professional freelance oboist and English hornist, playing with several top-tier orchestras such as the LA Phil, Pacific Symphony, and Santa Barbara Symphony, and for operas, musicals,  staged shows, TV & film, as well as teaching private lessons and formerly at the collegiate level. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, horseback riding, and RVing with her husband, Mike.

Career Highlights 
2019 GOLD Ironman All-World Athlete
2019 USAT All-American
3X 70.3 World Championship Qualifier
Top 5 Finish Ironman 70.3 Arizona