Kathy McDaris grew up in Merritt Island, Florida, with several generations of family roots in Tallahassee. As a life-long swimmer, Kathy began running in 1970 to stay in shape during the swimming off-season, but competitive water skiing was her passion. Kathy anchored slalom on three Intercollegiate National Championship teams, and won the intercollegiate women’s slalom her senior year at FSU.
After graduating from FSU, Kathy began a 30 year career with the Tallahassee Police Department, promoting fitness and a healthy lifestyle to co-workers. In the 1980’s Kathy began participating in local 5k and 10k’s. After discovering mountain biking and competing in several local races Kathy was inspired to train for her first triathlon by a friend/fellow investigator from Miami PD. Kathy competed in her first triathlon in 1993, placing 3rd overall and discovering a new passion. Kathy soon became a certified Fitness Trainer and then began working towards a second college degree in Exercise Physiology.
In 1998, Kathy along with a group of triathlete friends formed the local Gulf Winds Triathlon Club. In 2001, Kathy formulated and directed the first Red Hills Triathlon. Kathy became a USAT Certified Race Director in 2011.
After retiring from the Police Department, Kathy was certified as a USA Triathlon Level 1 Coach. Kathy began working as a Fit Specialist at Capital City Runners and coaching local triathletes. Kathy is also a certified Water Safety Instructor and teaches swimming for Tallahassee Swim
Over 20 years competing in triathlon
USA Triathlon Certified Level 1 Coach
USA Triathlon Certified Race Director
Water Safety Instructor
2 top 10 finishes USA Cycling Masters Nationals Time Trials
Santa Rosa Island Triathlon 1st place Masters
Baytowne duathlon 1st place Overall Female
Numerous top age group triathlon finishes
Numerous 70.3 distance Triathlon finishes
Record holder in numerous events as a competitor in Police and Fire Games