Angie Kandalaft – Toughman New Mexico Race Director

Where are you from?

I grew up in Versailles, OH – small farm town close to the Indiana border.

What sports and position did you play in school?

I swam, ran track and cross-country.

Where did you go to College?

I went to Wright State University in Dayton, OH.

Did you play sports in College?  I ran D1 cross-country.

When and where did you start doing triathlon?

I started in my mid 30s but then moved west and timing and race production took over the training and racing aspect.

What is your favorite distance to race?  Long course – half marathons.

What is your favorite race?  My favorite was the Muncie Endurathon.

How did you get into being a race director?

Race directing was sort of a fluke, as was the timing portion of my business.   I worked for a local sport sports store and became responsible for a couple races by virtue of my position as the running, cycling and triathlon buyer.  Just because you race doesn’t automatically mean you’re going to be a successful RD – and I quickly became aware of how true that was.

What is your philosophy, mission, or vision as a race director? 

I gave myself the opportunity to start something new in NM and I jumped in without thinking twice.  I decided then that I would invest in all aspects of the race.  I used to race so I had an athlete’s perspective, became a certified RD, became a certified official, volunteered at races whenever I could, became a board member for the USAT Rocky Mountain Region, handed out water on the Bosque on the weekends, timed as many races as we could (a couple years we were working 40-45 weekends), started teams and sponsored up-and-coming athletes, partnered with local coaches and supported camps and clinics  …  All to develop and grow the racing scene.  I’ve taken chances – failed many times – but never in vain.  If people keep coming back to race with us and truly enjoy the challenge of what NM racing has to offer, we’ve done our job.

Partnering with TOUGHMAN Corp was a simple decision and one I did after to speaking with Rich Izzo for less than 5 minutes.  I believe in the series and love the aspect of being included in a national series while maintaining a hometown feel.  I’m not going to lie – racing in NM is hard.  The altitude – the terrain – the temperatures can be rather high and the course is tough.  But the experience is worth it and one not to be forgotten.  We hope you’ll join us in August for TOUGHMAN NM!

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