Lauren was raised in the little village of Hartland, Wisconsin where she graduated from Arrowhead Union High School. She began her athletic career at age 5 when swimming lessons turned into the swim team. The older she got the more time she put into the sport; swimming on the varsity swim team all four years of high school and leading the team as captain to a women’s Division 1 State Championship title her senior year. Lauren wasn’t sure what was next for her, but knew she needed a break from swimming and joined the track team after the swim season had completed. She ran on the varsity team and led the women’s team to a Division 1 State Runner Up title, the highest the women’s high school track team had ever placed.
Lauren attended Michigan State University where she competed on the varsity travel swim team her freshman year. After competing in the Big Ten Conference Championship, she wanted something more. For her sophomore year she hung up her swim suit (sort of) and joined the MSU Triathlon Club. Her first race was USAT Collegiate Nationals where she finished as the top female on the team, beat most of the boys, and finished in the top ranks overall. Throughout college Lauren began to race more and longer. With her first race over a 10K, the Detroit marathon, she qualified for the Boston Marathon and at her first Half Ironman race she won her age group and placed in the top 10 females. She also played a large part in the club by putting on various local races to raise money for race entries and travel expenses for the team.
Lauren graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with a specialization in International Development. She is currently an administrator at the University Of Michigan’s Survey Research Center and works part-time at a local bike store, Two Wheel Tango. Lauren has qualified for multiple USAT National Championships and earned a spot on Team USA for the 2010 Long Course Triathlon World Championships. She now competes on the Revolution3 Triathlon team and recently completed her third Ironman in Arizona, dropping almost 2 hours off her time.
Lauren continues to race, and is most grateful for the all the places triathlon has taken her and for the friends she has made. Her specialty is the Ironman distance, and hopes to make it to the World Championship in Kona by 2015. Lauren believes triathlon is more than just a sport; it is a culture and a community.