Huntersville : Birkdale Village

Kelly Fillnow

Kelly Fillnow spent her childhood going from morning gymnastics meets, to afternoon soccer practices, and then to evening softball games. During high school, she trained at Van der Meer tennis academy in Hilton Head Island with her twin sister and older brother. She went on to play number one singles and doubles at Davidson College for four years. While in college, she discovered a love for running and joined the cross country team. She ended up leading Davidson College to their first ever Southern Conference title and finished her career as a 10 time All Conference Honoree in tennis and cross country. Upon graduating, she went to Duke University, then ranked #1 in the nation. A few years after college, she stumbled into triathlon and finished 3rd in her first triathlon. She went on to win her first half ironman, and then she qualified for the Hawaii Ironman World Championships in her first Ironman in 10:16. She finished on the podium in her two Hawaii Ironman appearances, became a Duathlon Age Group World Champion, a Duathlon National Age Group Champion, and set the American amateur Ironman record (9:29:49) in her third Ironman. Kelly decided to turn professional after numerous amateur titles and is looking forward to pushing herself against the top triathletes in the world. Kelly's main passion, however, is helping people achieve beyond their dreams. She decided to start her own coaching business, Kelly Fillnow Coaching ( to help guide clients to dream big and reach the greatness within them.