Tifosi is Italian for enthusiast, a word that identifies our brand ambassadors. They make up a community that is united in a passion to perform, compete and inspire. Meet the men and women who carry our banner.
Hometown: Tulsa, Oklahoma
Activity: Run, Bike, Fitness
Words I Live By: "If you believe in yourself, Anything is possible"
Reason(s) Why I Train: I train to stay healthy, active and to improve. I train to get stronger, faster and better.
A Goal that Stokes Me: to run an Ultra Marathon & qualify for Boston
Favorite Accomplishment: was running my 1st Marathon
Causes I Care About: Arthritis & Cancer
Why Tifosi?: a company that has high quality standards, backs up their glasses, and that are comfortable and made for all lifestyles & activities.
Hometown: Boynton Beach, FL
Activity: Running, cycling and swimming (in that order!)
Words I Live By: Live, love and learn!
Reason(s) Why I Train: Because I love to eat! Okay, not the main reason but a part of it. I like to feel healthy and love the feeling I get from a good workout. I travel a lot for work and it’s always great to see a city while running through it! Plus, I am lucky enough to have my fiancée as one of the best training partners and I need to be able to keep up with her in the marathons we run together!
A Goal that Stokes Me: The main goal I have at the moment is to run all the World Marathon Majors with a time less than 4:00:00. London is the only one left on the list I have yet to get into and run although my time for New York City was just over four hours so I’ll be back to the boroughs again too! Secondary to that is to train for my first Ironman.
Favorite Accomplishment: The accomplishment I am most proud of is completing my first 70.3 triathlon. I had barely trained for the swim but worked hard at running and biking and managed a time just over 6:00:00! My first 50 mile running event is a close second although that was more painful!
Causes I Care About: I ran the New York Marathon raising money for Team for Kids as I love that they give kids the chance to learn to love running and to stay healthy! I try to inspire those around me and that charity gave me an opportunity to do the same for kids I’d not even met. I’ll also run any races that raise money for heart disease or diabetes as I’ve lost family members to both diseases.
Why Tifosi?: Tifosi was the very first pair of running sunglasses I bought when I first started running in 2009 and I have been a fan ever since! I have very sensitive eyes when it comes to bright sunshine and living in Florida it was important to have the right lens to allow me to see well and Tifosi has always delivered. I often have to run at the end of the day in lower light and the Fototec lenses are perfect for those runs!
Words I Live By: Stength grows in the moments when you think you can't go on but you keep going anyway.
Favorite Accomplishment: Running the Boston Marathon in 2014 with my daughter in my belly, as I was pregnant. It may have been my slowest marathon out of 8, but it was one that I will never forget.
A Goal that Stokes Me: Running my first trail marathon/ultra trail running....and being welcomed to the dark side.
Causes I Care About: Team EMC (every mother counts) which is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to making pregnancy and childbirth safe for every mother.
Reason(s) Why I Train: I train for ME. Even though I am a mother, a wife, a daughter, a sister, an employee....I have to put ME first. I am a much better person all around when I put myself first. I get up very early in the morning, most often when the sun is still down and get out of my warm bed to get my physical activity in. I would rather lose out on the sleep, get up early to get in my morning run, than sleep the extra hour or so because in the end, I do feel more energized and feel as though my mental game is that much better. Once I put myself first, I am a better mother to my toddler and a better wife to my husband. I am more calm and more patient after the sweat and endorphin's have flowed through me. The best part of coming in after my run, is getting my daughter up from bed and having her ask me how my run was. She is old enough now to comprehend what I am doing. I love that she loves to run and would rather run with me than in the stroller when I push her. And that is why I do what I do!
Why Tifosi? I have been running in Tifosi sunglasses since I eyed them as a Mother's Day present for myself this year. I finally bought myself a pair because I love the fit, the color and the value. Overall, I am a super fan!
Words I Live By: #mevsme enjoy the run, enjoy the journey, you have one life to live.
Favorite Accomplishment: 2 marathons within 14days early this yr (knee issue 6weeks before race) but I finished, wasn't sure if I could do marathon training again signed up 2 more this fall and was able to finish and PR, never stopping trying.
A Goal that Stokes Me: Chasing that BQ would love to run in Boston or new York!
Causes I Care About: St Jude's especially after running it this weekend, relay for Life is big in our community, bullying people and animals.
Reason(s) Why I Train: To better my health reason I started running and to become more active. Since then I have aided in others becoming more active to better there life. I enjoy watching my running buddies grow in there journey just as much as I want to grow. We now have a more active community of runners and it continues to grow.
Why Tifosi? I had seen them on Instagram, hubby brought them for me at my first marathon and they are so light weight I fell in love! He even got him a pair, since then few running buddies have as well.
Words I Live By: Beast Mode On!
Reason(s) Why I Train: Pure and simple…I love to run…any distance. I may have slowed down over the years but I give it all I got every time I’m out on the roads.
A Goal that Stokes Me: Training for the next race! That and racing with my soon-to-be wife, Jodi Thore, also a Tifosi Ambassador. We hope to show that couples can run together and have fun doing it!
Favorite Accomplishment: Running the Little Rock half marathon six months after having Achilles tendon surgery. The surgeon told me I would never run again. Six marathons and more than 20 half marathons later, I proved him wrong!
Causes I Care About: Team Red, White and Blue.
Why Tifosi?: My girlfriend bought me a pair as a running gift. She says it was because she felt guilty about all the money I was spending on her so she surprised me one day with a new pair. That was a year ago and now won’t even consider going on a run without them or wearing anything else!
Activity: Ultra running.
A Goal that Stokes Me: Toeing the line at my first 100-miler in 2017.
Favorite Accomplishment: Winning 1st female at my first 50-miler.
Causes I Care About: National Eating Disorders Association.
Words I Live By: “To give anything less than your best, is to sacrifice the gift.”
Favorite Accomplishment: 3:26:47 Marathon time at the 2015 Chicago Marathon
A Goal that Stokes Me: Running a Boston Qualifying time at the 2018 Chicago Marathon
Causes I Care About: Autism Speaks
Reason(s) Why I Train: 1. Good Health 2. I love to run and I am constantly looking to improve 3. The running community I get to be a part of.
Why Tifosi? Best sunglasses I have ever used. I love the quality, performance, and innovation. I especially love the vented lenses.
Hometown: Athens, Ga
Activity: Triathlon and Road Racing, Coaching
Words I Live By: Do your job and reap what you sow!
Reason(s) Why I Train: Train to eat and drink like a fat man while remaining lean. Setting a good example.
A Goal that excites Me: Seeing my athletes succeed excites me more than anything I do.
Favorite Accomplishment: Qualifying and completing world championships at Half Ironman and Ironman (Kona) distances.
Causes I Care About: Physically and mentally healthy children, #TriKidsGeorgia, Cancer prevention, Transplants.
Why Tifosi?: Value, performance, looks, feel, and local ties.
Words I Live By: “If it doesn’t challenge you, it won’t change you” Favorite Accomplishment: Running three marathons, specifically tackling the hills (mountains) of San Francisco!
A Goal that Stokes Me: Qualifying for the Boston marathon (running a 3:35 marathon time). After that, running a sub-3 hour marathon! Never settling 🙂
Causes I Care About: I’m passionate about running for a cause that gives back to the community. I’ve ran as part of the Ronald McDonald Housing Charity and Team One Step (sending kids with cancer to camp) teams! It truly is an incredible feeling to raise funds and run for such incredible causes!
Reason(s) Why I Train: I started running as a de-stressor from college studying. Each run I’d challenge myself to run further, or a bit faster than before. I accidentally developed a love for distance running because it pushed me mentally, physically, and emotionally to put one foot in front of the other and never give up. There are no limitations in the sport either. After I accomplish one goal, the next is right on deck! I can’t wait to see where this hobby of mine will take me in 2018!
Why Tifosi?: I admire the platform that Tifosi stands for - quality, style, function, and value. Ambassadors of this brand should look to motivate, encourage, and support other individuals in their sports! One of my favorite aspects of running races is meeting others who share the same exhilarating home by that I have! I’d greatly value the opportunity to be an ambassador for a dependable company such as Tifosi.
Words I Live By: You are never too old to dream a new dream or set a new goal!
Favorite Accomplishment: First being a mom and also having a full time demanding career. Then becoming a runner in my 30’s and running 9 half’s and 2 fulls with more to come!
A Goal that Stokes Me: Boston Qualifying.
Causes I Care About: Children’s Hopsital, St. Jude’s, Pulminary Fibrosis Foundation.
Reason(s) Why I Train: I train to beat yesterday! To finding out who I can become as an adult runner. I never was a runner until I was in my 30’s and had asthma so being able to run long distances and reach goals gives me something that I can work for and also shows a good example for my sons.
Why Tifosi? Cute, stylish sunglasses that are made to work while you work!
Hometown: Council Bluffs, IA
Mike Van Hoozer
Favorite Athletic Activities: Running, Cycling, Strength Training, Triathlons, and Coaching my 5 boys in basketball and other sports.
Favorite Tifosi Optics Sunglasses: Talos and Slip for running and cycling; Podium XC for speed workouts; Jet, Duro, and Hagen XL for driving in the car.
Notable athletic accomplishments: Mike had his best racing season yet in the 2015-2016 season with 4 PRs, some age group placement awards, and achieving his top goal of qualifying for the Boston Marathon.
2015 Half Marathon – 1:29 (PR, 6th in Age Group, 53rd overall) 2015 25K – 1:47 (PR, 6th in Age Group, 53rd overall) 2015 30K – 2:20 (PR, 2nd in Age Group, 42nd overall) 2016 Houston Marathon – 3:20 (PR, Boston Qualifier, 50th in Age Group, Top 8% Finish out of approximately 8000 runners) 2012 10K Turkey Dash – 42:35 (2nd in Age Group, 50th overall) 2013 10K Turkey Dash – 42:50 (5th in Age Group, 35th overall) Your athletic goals: Achieving a Boston Qualifying Marathon time and then moving into triathlon competition.
Your athletic focus: Running, Cycling, Swimming, Triathlon, Basketball, Strength Training.
Inspirational quote or self mantra: “Learn from the Past, Prepare for the Future, Perform in the Moment”
Place to train: Roads and bayous in Katy, TX, and Memorial Park and Buffalo Bayou in Houston, TX
Hometown: Bountiful, Utah
Activity: Trail and Ultra Runner
Words I Live By: Run. Breathe. Feel.
Reason(s) Why I Train: I train to race obviously…but the races are meant to prepare me for Adventure Running. The perfect weekend for me would involve running 70 miles, climbing 15,000 feet and bagging a few peaks along the way.
A Goal that Stokes Me: Wasatch Front 100 Mile Endurance Run, or the Grand Canyon Rim to Rim to Rim!
Favorite Accomplishment: Watching my son wake up from a series of brain surgeries. He’s a miracle.
Causes I Care About: My boys and I love working with the local homeless population in Salt Lake City.
Why Tifosi?: I can’t live without my Tifosi Radius glasses. I’ve been wearing them for two years. They outperform anything I’ve ever used.
Words I Live By: I'm Possible.
Favorite Accomplishment: Finishing the Chicago Marathon.
A Goal that Stokes Me: To run my first ultra in October and to cross that finish line at Boston in April. Super excited.
Reason(s) Why I Train: I want to inspire others to run. I train really hard to show that you don't need to be stopped with a disability and if I can do it then you don't have an excuse not to be out there?
Why Tifosi? I've heard such positive things about your brand and have seen how professional you interact with you ambassadors and customers. I would be very proud to represent your brand.
Home - Reno, NV
Activity - Distance runner (Road & Trail), OCR pro athlete, Ultra trail runner
Words I live by - "Do or do not, there is no try"! - Yoda
Reasons why I train - I train because that's really all I've ever know since middle school. Whether it be for cross country, college basketball, marathons, or Spartan racing...I train to stay in shape and compete at the highest possible level.
A goal that stokes me - that would be winning the Spartan World Championships! Not very realistic but doable. A more reasonable goal would be to win a Spartan race in 2017.
Favorite accomplishment - being a father and being with my wife for almost 16 years! Running...? There's a couple. Placing 2nd at the Disneyland half marathon, finishing 8th overall at the St. George Marathon in a time of 2:28, my first podium finish in Spartan racing, running for Skechers Performance for the past 5 years, and running for Tifosi Optics for the past 2 years!
Causes I care about - childrens fitness/health programs in school. To think that some schools don't even offer PE anymore or it's an elective makes me sick. It was never an option when I was in school, it's just what you did. And the crap the schools feed the kids is sad. We have an 8 year old in 2nd grade and his school options for food are awful. 90% of the time we pack him a lunch.
Why Tifosi - Well since I've been wearing them and representing them for the past 2 years, I've worn nothing else. Training, racing, casual...you name it, there's eyewear for any occasion. I love the variety of styles for both men and women and I especially love the photo optic lenses. They're comfortable and never slip no matter what the conditions are outside!
Words I Live By: Don’t let fear get in the way of your dreams.
Favorite Accomplishment: Running my first two marathons this year.
A Goal that Stokes Me: Making it to the Boston Marathon.
Reason(s) Why I Train: I love Feeling strong and healthy. I train To compete against myself and become a better me.
Why Tifosi? You have great products.
Words I live by: For me it is important to not follow the path of others but to embrace my individuality and be true to myself and those around me as a husband, father and friend. I always include this reminder in my social media posts with the hastag #beyourselfbetruedrivehard
Reasons why I train: From my childhood through my professional career as a firefighter, maintaining a level of fitness has been a large part of my life. For me there is always value in training whether the benefit is physical, psychological or a combination of either. Bottom line is that the sweat game will always be a part of mine.
Favorite accomplishment: The family that my wife Rebecca and I have created is without a doubt the pinnacle of my accomplishments. Athletically speaking, was running and completing my first 50 miler. I had never before nor since been overcome with emotion during a race and there is truth to the saying "you always remember your first".
Why Tifosi: I have used Tifosi Optics for many years in all of my outdoor activities for both winter and summer sports. I have always appreciated the quality, reasonable pricing and a commitment to producing a product that meets the demand of the athlete.
Words I Live By: I can and I will.
Favorite Accomplishment: Qualifying for the Boston Marathon.
A Goal that Stokes Me: Getting faster and stronger, even though I’m getting older.
Causes I Care About: Helping people feel healthy and strong.
Reason(s) Why I Train: 1. To be the healthiest and strongest I can be. 2. To be a role model for my kids. 3. To push my physical limits. 4. To be social!
Why Tifosi? Tifosi sunglasses do not fog, slip, or cause headaches. They are light and comfortable and stylish!
Words I Live By: If it doesn't have a liability waiver its not worth doing!
Reason(s) Why I Train: To continue to see how fast and how far I can really go, to be healthy so that I can be an active and inspiring father to my three girls.
A Goal that Stokes Me: In 2018 I am most excited to be racing a bucket-list race in South Africa, the 56 mile Comrades - the worlds largest and oldest ultramarathon.
Favorite Accomplishment: In 2016 I ran 2 hours and 31 minutes at the Toronto Waterfront Marathon, pushing my then 4-year-old daughter in a stroller breaking the previous Guinness World Record. It was an amazing experience to share with Aley every step of the way and one of my best executed performances.
Causes I Care About: Hurricane Harvey hit our community here in Katy and surrounding Houston really hard. During the few weeks of flooding I was involved heavily with organizing rescue and relief efforts. Outside of that I am passionate about children's health and activity, keeping our parks clean, and our streets and pathways pedestrian and cycle friendly.
Why Tifosi?: I'm all about efficiency and performance and could quickly tell that Tifosi represented those same qualities with their product. I train hard, travel lots, and race even harder, Tifosi is eye-wear that can keep up with those demands while not breaking the bank either. Since I race everything from mountain trails to track, road, and cross country, one mile to ultramarathon, I also need eye-wear that's adaptable and versatile, Tifosi fits my lifestyle perfect with the line of frames and interchangeable lenses that look great even when I'm not running.
Activity: Running, trail running, fitness.
Words I Live By: Live in the present with future goals, be a positive influence for those around you.
Reason(s) Why I Train: To be a healthy example for my kids and to fuel the competitive fire.
A Goal that Stokes Me: After running multiple marathons, I will be running my first trail Ultramarathon this fall in October (Palo Duro 50K).
Favorite Accomplishment: Finishing the 2016 Oklahoma City Memorial Half Marathon in 1:36 after returning from an injury.
Causes I Care About: MDA, I lost a cousin to this disease at an early age, I often think of him on my runs and how blessed I am to be able to do what I do.
Why Tifosi?: Several reasons: clarity, style, and affordability. I can have several pairs for multiple activities without breaking the bank. The Swivellink technology and interchangeable lenses allow for versatility no matter what the sport or lighting conditions.
Words I Live By: “Determination is not a well-kept secret. It is only scarce because few are willing to exert the energy.”
Reason(s) Why I Train: Running is my passion and the roads, trails, woods, and mountains are where I can explore that passion. That passion allows me to develop into the runner I want to be.
A Goal that Stokes Me: Running at the front of the pack.
Favorite Accomplishment: My first 10k race when I was in 5th grade. From there I knew I would run forever.
Causes I Care About: Being responsible to nature’s playground.
Why Tifosi?: When you push hard and the elements push back you have to be able to count on your tools to stand up to the demand. Tifosi Optics meets my demands and allows me to explore.
Words I Live By: “The only thing that works is WORK”
Reason(s) Why I Train: I love the feeling of accomplishment and competing against myself. Running makes me happy.
A Goal that Stokes Me: A Sub-3 hour marathon!
Favorite Accomplishment: Shaving 31 minutes off of my marathon finish time with a lot of hard work. It really does feel awesome to see hard work pay off!
Causes I Care About: Marine Conservation and Animal Welfare
Why Tifosi?: Tifosi has amazing-looking sunglasses and I love it’s support for the running and cycling community!
Words I Live By: Not for time but for eternity. -- because I believe every action or decision you make doesn't just affect the immediate, but affects the future.
Favorite Accomplishment: My latest PR at the California International Marathon!!
A Goal that Stokes Me: Boston Qualifying to run the Boston Marathon in 2020.
Causes I Care About: Cerebral Palsy Awareness, Clean water initiatives, Children with disabilities.
Reason(s) Why I Train: I train because I want to constantly better myself. As a runner, I have PR'd on every single marathon to date-- meaning each marathon is faster than the one before. I pride myself in constantly training to be the best I can be because I know that I am lucky to be able to be a runner. I believe that every day is like a credit card-- you can spend credit (or time)on certain things that you find valuable but you only have 100% to give each day till you reach your limit. I train because I want to be able to give my 100% on race day and be prepared.
Why Tifosi? I love the fit and that they stay put while I run, bike, stand up paddle board (and even when fall in the lake)! There are lenses for ever type of light, land or water. Absolutely love Tifosi glasses!
Words I Live By: Your only limit is you!
Favorite Accomplishment: My favorite accomplishment was this past weekend when I competed in 2018 The Woodlands Half Marathon. I have really kicked up my training to the next level by adding in speed training and daily strengthening exercises. I crossed the finish line at 1:36 and 2nd in my age group!! Hard work pays off and this podium finish was a testimony to that!
A Goal that Stokes Me: A goal that stokes me is qualifying for the Boston Marathon in 2018. I plan on documenting my journey on Instagram and really pushing myself to the limits this training season! I would love to do this on Team Tifosi.
Causes I Care About: I am a huge ambassador of empowering young girls to reach their goals and know their purpose! I know that through social media and through commercialization young girls have fallen into the trap of believing that they are not enough and they don’t have what it takes. I used to believe it too! But running has taught me to really love myself and my body just the way it is. I am Extremadura passionately about sharing my testimony and encouraging others to pursue their dreams.
Reason(s) Why I Train: Honestly, I started to train to just lose weight after having kids and it has become so defining to my life. I have learned that in order for me to be a good wife, and Mom, I first have to take care of myself. I am worth it! I am happy, energized, confident. And I believe with all of my heart, that my kids are watching and learning how to love and care for themselves from watching me! I know that this is deeper than just being physically fit. I know that this is laying the foundation for them to be great people in this world!
Why Tifosi? This year is going to be a big year for me and having the right gear makes a huge difference! I feel confident and energized when I wear Tifosi shades. I know having the right gear is a game changer and I want to represent team Tifosi because I love the awesome colors and because they are my favorite running shades!
Words I Live By: Never Give Up!
Favorite Accomplishment: I was told by a cardiologist in 2010 that I needed to stop running after a genetic heart condition was discovered. After a second opinion and a successful surgery to fix one of the problems, I have run 7 marathons and 31 half marathons.
A Goal that Stokes Me: I would love to BQ one day and to run an ultra marathon. I am always looking to do something bigger and better than the last even if it is to improve a race time or lift heavier.
Causes I Care About: I am passionate about any event that benefits cancer. Mygrnadmother passed away from non-Hodgkins lymphoma and my father is battling prostate cancer for the third time. Cancer has affected many member is my family and friends.
Reason(s) Why I Train: I train for me. I train for my job. I train because I want to be healthy and live a long life. After the diagnosis of a genetic heart condition, I was unsure how it would affect my running. The procedure I had for part of this condition was successful and it has improved my running and overall health. Running has been my peace in the darkest times and the happiest of times. When I'm told I can't do something, this drives me to work that much harder to prove to myself that I can! All of these things are why I train hard every single day!
Why Tifosi? I have several friends that wear Tifosi and they rave about how they don't fog up and the fit of several different styles. When I tried them on, I loved how they fit my face and that there were many styles to choose from.
Hometown: Grew up in Nashville, TN but have lived in Orlando, FL since 2006
Activity: 8 marathons so far but getting into triathlons
Words I Live By: The dream is free. The hustle is sold separately.
Reason(s) Why I Train: To challenge myself and to do hard things and show my 2 baby girls anything is possible when you set your mind to it
A Goal that Stokes Me: 140.6 Ironman!! But first...70.3 ;-)
Favorite Accomplishment: Running the Boston Marathon, time for #3 this spring
Why Tifosi?: They were the first pair of running specific sunglasses I ever bought back in 2011
Hometown: Fall River WI.
Words I Live By: “Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in the world they’ve been given than to explore the power they have to change it. Impossible is not a fact. It’s an opinion. Impossible is not a declaration. It’s a dare. Impossible is potential. Impossible is temporary. Impossible is nothing.” ~Muhammad Ali
Reason(s) Why I Train: I train for me. When you are a wife and a full time working mother of three, you need to be selfish every once in awhile and do something for yourself. Running makes me a better person and the health benefits are huge as well!
A Goal that Stokes Me: As my children get older, my goal is to travel to other countries and run marathons while we are there! The majority of our family vacations include races 🙂
Favorite Accomplishment: Running the 2016 Boston Marathon!! …which I will be making a second appearance at in 2017!
Causes I Care About: My Team Triumph is a favorite organization of mine. mTT allows people of all ages and disabilities to race in road races and triathlons with the use of special chairs and boats which allows athletes, which we call “Angels” to push or pull their “Captains”. If you haven’t heard of it, check it out! I was given the ability to run and love to share it with those who can’t.
Why Tifosi? I bought my first pair of Tifosi glasses two years ago. I am extremely picky when it comes to what I can and can’t wear while I am running. Tifosi glasses are comfortable, they stay in place and do not bounce…and they look good too!
Words I Live By: Never give up, never give in!
Reason(s) Why I Train: I train for many reasons! Running is my escape, My therapy, my purpose, my joy! I train to be fast and because I love the feeling of running fast and winning races!
A Goal that Stokes Me: Breaking 2:50 for the marathon.
Favorite Accomplishment: 3rd overall finish in the Disney marathon with a PR of 2:54:41
Why Tifosi? Tifosi sunglasses are light, they don’t bounce and they are stylish! Also living in Florida, its important to protect the eyes!!!
Words I Live By: “Don’t be afraid to dream of achieving the impossible” – Shalane Flanagan
Reason(s) Why I Train: I started running shortly after my daughter was born. I had post-partum depression and set a goal of running a half-marathon, as a stress-reliever and because I needed something else to focus on. I got hooked! These days, I continue to run to model an active lifestyle and to show her that hard work and perseverance pay off.
A Goal that Stokes Me: I always have a goal to get faster, but my end goal is to be a lifelong runner and active into old age.
Favorite Accomplishment: Qualifying for and running my first Boston Marathon in 2016.
Causes I Care About: As a mother, childhood obesity is something I care deeply about. Eating disorder awareness is important to me because I suffered from anorexia in my late-teens/early-20’s.
Why Tifosi?: I found Tifosi while searching for running sunglasses several years ago. I couldn’t find something that looked good and also didn’t cost a fortune (I’d rather spend my money on running shoes and race entries!) I found Tifosi Optics at my local running store and was impressed by the look, quality, and options (interchangeable lenses!) at a great price-point. I wear Tifosi for all of my daytime runs and love how I can change out the lenses depending on the light. They always stay on my face, don’t fog up, and allow me to keep my face relaxed, thereby conserving energy.
Words I Live By: Enjoy the journey!
Favorite Accomplishment: Running my first 5 marathons this year!
A Goal that Stokes Me: Marathon Personal records! I hope to go sub 3.
Causes I Care About: Humane treatment of animals.
Reason(s) Why I Train: I love to run! I developed this passion about two years ago and signed up for my first half marathon in November 2016 and my first marathon in February 2017. Marathons are my favorite distance and I’m always going for that PR!
Why Tifosi? I have a pair of Tifosi sunglasses and love them!
Hometown: Danville, VA
Words to Live By: "To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift." - Steve Prefontaine
Reasons Why I Train: I started running as a way to stay in shape but it has become so much more than that. I now run because it's my escape. It's my joy. I run to chase goals and to improve. To push my body beyond its limits and prove just how much it can do. As a new Mom I now run to show my son how important it is to be active and go after your goals - no matter how big they may seem. To teach him to truly dream BIG!
A Goal That Stokes Me: My current goal I'm chasing is to run the Boston Marathon at 4 months postpartum. Once I've accomplished that on April 17th, I'll be focusing on continuing to chase my marathon PR. I'd love to break 3:15 and then one day my dream is to break 3:00 hours. I've got a long way to go but I keep chasing those dreams every day.
Favorite Accomplishments: First and foremost is my son - he's pretty awesome! When it comes to running - cutting 1 hour and 9 minutes off my marathon PR in one training cycle and qualify for the Boston Marathon! I work each and every day to keep chasing new accomplishments!
Causes I Care About: I love empowering women to go after their dreams. That is why I document all my training on my blog and social media. I ran through my pregnancy and postpartum and want to show women that even as a Mom you don't have to let go of your dreams. Keep training, keep focused, and you can still accomplish anything you set your mind to!
Why Tifosi: Tifosi stands for all that I do. They encourage their athletes to chase big dreams. They also provide a superior product for the athlete that goes out there every day to chase their dreams.
Hometown: Panama City FL
Reason(s) I Train: I paid for it!! Being diagnosed with Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis and having my energy plummet at times, the fact that I have signed up for an event keeps me accountable!! I guess, I should have said for the health of it!!
A Goal that Stokes Me: I have the idea of someday running an Ultra, all the miles in one day!!
Favorite Accomplishment: Gasparilla Ultra Challenge 2016, 30.4 miles over 2 days. A 15k and 5k on Saturday, Half Marathon and 8k on Sunday. Going back in 2017!!
Causes I care about: Team RWB!! Being retired Air Force, this team is near and dear to my heart.
Team RWB’s mission is to enrich the lives of America’s veterans by connecting them to their community through physical and social activity.
Why Tifosi?: Well, the cool factor of course!! But…with a pingueculae (a small raised patch close to the cornea caused by exposure to sunlight, dust, or wind) on my right eye Tifosi has me covered!! I prefer larger lenses that help to block the wind, not to mention the UVA/UVB protection and Glare Guard!!
Words I Live By: "We rise by lifting others."
Favorite Accomplishment: Finishing The Rut 50k Ultra Skyrunner World Series Final in the top 10 (Female Overall) was by far one my favorite accomplishments this past summer. Considered one of the toughest most technical mountain races in the Country with stellar competition, it was a privilege to have experienced such a beautiful challenge.
A Goal that Stokes Me: Making my long life goal of qualifying for the Olympic Trials in the marathon into a reality is the goal I am looking forward to accomplishing this upcoming 2018. Won't stop until I make it happen.
Causes I Care About: Helping at-risk youth in underprivileged neighborhoods around the Los Angeles area achieve their goal of training for and completing the Los Angeles marathon is a cause I greatly care about. The running program is called Students Run L.A., and the money donated and time volunteered by caring people like myself has impacted the lives of thousands of youth in a positive way.
Reason(s) Why I Train: Seeing and motivating change in myself and in others is one of the most significant reasons for why I train. As I am working to qualify for the Olympic trials in the marathon this upcoming year, I want others to realize that they too can accomplish any goal they set their mind to.
My goal is that my positivity, commitment, grit, and perseverance empowers people to run and be active. And to be courageous as they chase after their personal goals one step at a time. This makes my journey as a runner a much more gratifying experience.
Why Tifosi?: As a runner living in sunny Southern California and spending many hours a week running on the trails and roads, protective eyewear is essential. I came across a pair of Tifosi sunglasses while shopping for good quality eyewear at REI this past summer. I loved the stylish comfortable fit while using them on my runs. I then learned more about Tifosi optics and realized that not only is the company committed to offering customers high quality eyewear, but they are also dedicated at teaming up with passionate athletes like myself to enhance and promote their brand through this ambassador program; all while contributing in helping the athletes achieve their goals. This has motivated me to want to promote Tifosi on social media, in group runs with friends, or in casual conversations with my fellow outdoor enthusiasts. Whether chasing PR's on a road marathon, a Mountain Ultra trail race, or simply on a trail hike, I want to exemplify how Tifosi Optics is there to enhance my performance with quality comfort and style.
Words I Live By: Start each day with a grateful heart
Reason(s) Why I Train: To better myself as a person inside and out
A Goal that Stokes Me: Running my second half marathon postpartum
Favorite Accomplishment: Running 39 weeks of pregnancy
Causes I Care About: Healthcare Advocate for March of Dimes and Children's Miracle Network (I was one of those babies)
Why Tifosi?: Light, sleek, and perfect mold to my face. Absolutely fell in love after running with them on at my first race ever!
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Hometown: Council Bluffs, IA
Activity: Running and Yoga
Words I Live By: Those who dare to fail miserably, can achieve greatly! The most important thing to do is start on your own path and keep going no matter how many times you might fall.
Reason(s) Why I Train: I'm a mom of four kids and I train and continue to train so my kids can see how hard work and determination can help you get what you want in life. I want to be their motivation to try something new and to stick with it even if they feel like they aren't the best at it.
A Goal that Stokes Me: My biggest goal of 2017 is to run my first full marathon. I'm terrified when I think about it and that is exactly what keeps pushing me towards my goal.
Favorite Accomplishment My favorite accomplishment is hard to choose. Obviously becoming a mother to my children tops the list. I also chased my goals and finally landed my dream job (Culinary Instructor) but I'm also so proud that I pushed beyond my perceived limits and became a Half Fanatic after running 3 half marathons within a few weeks of each other last year.
Causes I Care About: Stand Up 2 Cancer. I think cancer in some shape or form has affected everyone, either personally or through a loved one. My dad has been fighting Stage 4 Lung Cancer for almost 4 years. I do everything I can to support Stand Up 2 Cancer because we have to work together to find a cure.
Why Tifosi?: I am obsessed with the quality of Tifosi. I want to be a fan of a product that is as good as it says it is and that is exactly Tifosi!
Words I Live By: "Send it!"
Favorite Accomplishment: Finishing the 2016 Tour of the Gila stage race.
A Goal that Stokes Me: Getting my USAC Category 1 road upgrade.
Causes I Care About: #adoptdontshop , supporting collegiate cycling.
Reason(s) Why I Train: Training is purely the greatest excuse/impetus to get out every day and do the thing I love the most, and thats riding a bike.
Why Tifosi? Tifosi is a brand that appeals to because of their quality of design, and impressive innovation of the brand.
Activity: Road running, trail running, ultra marathons, road cycling, cyclocross, gravel adventure riding.
Words I Live By: You’re doing it wrong.
Reason(s) Why I Train: I love the physical and mental challenge of a good hard run or bike ride.
A Goal that Stokes Me: Running a sub 3 hour marathon.
Favorite Accomplishment: It’s a tie between my sub 90-minute half marathon and finishing my 50k ultra faster than my 30 miler.
Causes I Care About: People for Bikes.
Why Tifosi?: Tifosi is the only brand I’ve found that puts up with the punishment I dish out on my equipment.
Activity: Competitive Cycling.
Words I Live By: Sound body, sound mind.
Reason(s) Why I Train: To feel alive.
A Goal that Stokes Me: Training as hard as I can to peak for a specific event — and being in the zone during a race.
Favorite Accomplishment: Winning the Sea Otter Classic Criterium a few years ago. Prior to the start I dedicated the race to my dad who had passed away just a week prior. I actually didn’t know if I was going to race and at the start line I was a total wreck. I had been bottling up my feelings for days. And when I raced, I rode on pure emotions, leaving everything out on the course. While this wasn’t the biggest victory of my life, it carries the most meaning to me. I suppose that being admitted to the California Bar as an attorney ranks up there too.
Why Tifosi?: Value and quality. For years I have enjoyed the high speed red fototec (photochromatic) lenses for early morning rides in Pebble Beach, where half the ride is sunlight and the other half is in a drizzling cloud. The Marzens are my go-to glasses for hanging out at the beach or poolside, or just driving in the California sun. And more recently I have really come to appreciate the interchangeable lens options on the Escalates.
Hometown: Nashville, TN.
Activity: Mountain Biking and Trail Building.
Words I Live By: Go and Love.
Reason(s) Why I Train: To be better than i was the day before!
A Goal that Stokes Me: Winning an overall series podium in Enduro.
Favorite Accomplishment: Becoming a father.
Causes I Care About: Trail Building, Poverty, and Youth Programs.
Why Tifosi?: VALUE - the products work, and I always feel like i got more than I paid for. The podium XCs replaced two much more expensive brands for me, and I will not go riding without them!
Words I Live By: You against yourself stay motivated.
Favorite Accomplishment: 1st time I rode 100 miles.
A Goal that Stokes Me: Being better than yesterday.
Causes I Care About: Helping other be the best they can be.
Reason(s) Why I Train: I train because I’m always trying to improve and grow as a better athlete and person, also because there is no ceiling so keep Tracy for the sky.
Why Tifosi? Love the colors and the look good on me.
Words I Live By: Hardwork and Dedication
Favorite Accomplishment: My favorite accomplishment having my daughter and wife!
A Goal that Stokes Me: One of my many goals that really gets me stoke is becoming one of the top racers in New Mexico.
Causes I Care About: I care about helping people. Currently I am enrolled in Physician Assistant school because I gain a tremendous amount of experience helping people when I served in the military and now I want to make an impact by helping people in my communities maintain their health and wellness.
Reason(s) Why I Train: I am a competitor and I love pushing myself past what I thought my limits were. I was always pushed when I was in the military serving as a pararescueman and after exiting I found cycling. Cycling has helped me stay fit and motivated to compete. It has also let me become involved and a part of a community that I was new too after serving.
Why Tifosi? I use Tifosi, I trust Tifosi, and I they have brought me reliability day in and day out.
Hometown: Mesa, AZ
Words I Live By: “If you try to win, you might lose, but if you don't try to win, you lose for sure!" Jens Voigt
Reason(s) Why I Train: Because it gives me purpose....Also, I hate to lose.
A Goal that excites Me: Any goal that I set to accomplish and then train for said goal to get my best results. Currently, I'm training for the Police and Fire World Championship. It excites me to be able to represent my town, state, and country on the biggest stage (for public safety personnel).
Favorite Accomplishment: I have many accomplishments that stand out in my mind, but I would probably have to say my favorite was winning the 2010 Western State Police and Fire Nationals.
Causes I Care About: Diabetes..I lost my mom to this awful disease and hope some day we find a cure so no other family has experience a loss due to it.
Why Tifosi?: Tifosi sunglasses are versatile, stylish, and affordable. Also for me living in AZ, it's very important to have sunglasses that protect your eyes.
Hometown: Mesa, AZ
Words I Live By: Let yourself be silently drawn by the stronger pull of what you really love. -Rumi
Reason(s) Why I Train: To keep up with fellow ambassador, Rob Griffin, my husband. Lol. I train to keep my body and my mind the best they can be for overall well-being, and to motivate others that you can directly change yourself to lead healthier and therefore more fulfilling lives . Whatever your goals are, you can achieve it.A Goal that Stokes Me: 2017 has been a year of training hard to advance to Cat 2 Mt biking racing in 2018. This requires longer ride time, pushing my body past the hurt and outside my comfort zone. In other words, embrace the suck!
Favorite Accomplishment: In my first year of mt bike racing, I won the 2016 MBAA State Series Championship and USA Cycling Mt Bike AZ State Championship in my category while simultaneously racing in Stand Up Paddleboarding, either winning or on the podium for all of my races.
Causes I Care About: Athritis/Rheumatoid Arthritis as both my parents suffer from this. Arthritis is painful. It prevents us from leading active, healthy lifestyles. It means we are more likely to develop other serious illnesses. And it means we need to fight harder!
Why Tifosi?: No matter what the sport, Tifosi has a style that fits the individual athlete, while providing an affordable and versatile product with quick lens change out, and of course, making me look good in any and all sports I participate in!
Words I Live By: Ride to eat. Eat to ride!
Favorite Accomplishment: Solo breakaway win for 25 miles in a Cat 3 road race!
A Goal that Stokes Me: Athletic achievements are great but my goal is to continue being an advocate in the local cycling community by helping others and organizing events. And climbing big mountains.
Causes I Care About: I am a huge animal lover. I am involved in our local Humane Society with their various fund raising events. I also plan and coordinate funding raising and volunteer events for our local United Way chapter.
Reason(s) Why I Train: I first started training to eat. I love eating! My competitive nature took over and I started racing. I am now a Cat 3 road racer who trains 6-7 days a week and have built a reputation in the community for my success.
Why Tifosi? I believe Tifosi provides the best value product. I am notoriously bad when it comes to caring for glasses. I break them or lose them within weeks. I was hesitant to spend money on cycling glasses but decided to give Tifosi a try. I have not damaged or lost any and I still keep buying them. I now own 7 pair! I have turned quite a few people that I ride with on to Tifosi and they all have thanked me for the recommendation!
Hometown: Tübingen, Germany
Activity: Cycling, Running, Triathlon
Words I Live By: What doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger.
Reason(s) Why I Train: I love to feel fast and ready to make the racing hard.
A Goal that Stokes Me: Go to the Olympics
Favorite Accomplishment: Becoming the 2007 Minnesota High School State High Jump Champion, Playing for the German National Basketball Team, Winning the 90-mile Chico Stage Race Road Race (Stage 2)
Causes I Care About: Improving city infrastructure, ocean conservation, healthy nutrition
Why Tifosi?: My Tifosi racing glasses make me feel invincible on race days. Once they are on, I mean business. When it’s time to head to work the next day, I rock the casuals with class and style. It’s the all-round eyewear brand for a wholesome person like me.
Words I Live By: Stop dreaming of success, wake up and achieve it.
Favorite Accomplishment: Raising over $3500 for World Bicycle Relief in 2017 while training for the Leadville 100 MTB Race.
A Goal that Stokes Me: 2018 Epic Rides Events
Causes I Care About: World Bicycle Relief, NICA, Compassion International, Roots Racing
Reason(s) Why I Train: I'm the kind of person who is always working to become better at everything I do. Seeing forward progress on the bike and in all aspects of my life keeps me motivated to stay on the gas.
Why Tifosi? When training and racing for hours at a time, conditions change and with that is a requirement for your gear to be adaptable as well as yourself. Tifosi got it right with their fototec lenses, allowing me to leave the house in confidence each day knowing my shades will have my back through all of mother nature's surprises.
Hometown: Athens, GA
Activity: Cat 1 Endurance Mountain Biking, NICA Head Coach
Words I Live By: "Do your best”, & "Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage." ~ Anais Nin
Reason(s) Why I Train: To progress, achieve goals, to see what I am capable of, and reach my full potential
A Goal That Stokes Me: Sub-9hr Leadville 100 finish
Favorite Accomplishment: 2016 & 2017 Southeastern Endurance Cup 3Hr Singlespeed Champion
Causes I Care About: NICA, IMBA-SORBA, People For Bikes
Why Tifosi?: Excellent glasses that work well and look great, at an incredible value!
Activity: Mountain biking/Adventuring.
Words I Live By: I am the master of my fate: I am the captain of my soul.
A Goal that Stokes Me: Racing internationally.
Favorite Accomplishment: 3rd in the Pan Am Single Speed Championships.
Causes I Care About: NICA.
Why Tifosi?: I have used Tifosi since I first started riding and haven’t found anything better.
Words I Live By: Be stubborn about your goals, but flexible about your methods.
Favorite Accomplishment: I am most proud that I raced my first half ironman after the birth of my son. I am proud to be a single working mom (scientist), and a triathlete.
A Goal that Stokes Me: I don't finish races first, or last. Every season that I train for triathlons I push myself to be better. I want my son to see me working hard to reach my goals of getting stronger and healthier every day.
Causes I Care About: I support causes that encourage female participation in sports. Last weekend I volunteered at a women's trail race that motivated young girls to start running trails. I was so happy to watch all the kids get so excited about running in the dirt.
Reason(s) Why I Train: I train because it is more fun and motivating than just "exercising". I train because I need to burn off the competitive energy somehow. I train because I have a 5 year old son, and if I didn't I wouldn't be able to keep up! 🙂
Why Tifosi? I'm a single mom and I don't have a lot of money. When I buy a product I want it to work and be high quality. I have been so happy with your cycling glasses...they protect my eyes and don't cost a lot of money. Oh...and they make me look fast (that's the most important part).
Words I Live By: Whatever it takes!
Favorite Accomplishment: Athletically it’s nailing my goal at Augusta 70.3 and finishing in 5:16!!
A Goal that Stokes Me: Run sub 3:30 at my marathon in March and breaking 5 hours in September at my half Ironman!!
Causes I Care About: Girls on the Run: empowering young girls to achieve their dreams no matter how crazy they seem!
Reason(s) Why I Train: Training makes me an all around better human being but most importantly as a mother. I want my sons to see that through hard work and dedication we can do hard things. I also train to prove to myself just how strong I am. I love the feeling of accomplishment after pushing through a hard workout or race. If I could get everyone to run or ride a bike this world would be a better place!
Why Tifosi? I’ve always admired the product and know it’s a solid, good quality company. Plus these big blue eyes of mine are very sensitive and need some good protection!
Hometown Kerrville texas
Words I Live By- Mind over matter
Reason Why I Train - I am a mother and wife full time working parent . I want inspire people you can have a healthy lifestyle. You don't have to give up on goals anything is possible if you put your mind to it.
Favorite Accomplishment- Doing my first triathlon. I had a fear of the river. I had overcome my fear and finished my race. I placed 12th in my age group. My first time I did a event. After 2 years of training.
Cause I Care About- I care about my family, my friends, my followers everyone who encourage, and support me. I give them the same support back. I give those who don't ask for support More support. I love shining my light to others.
Why Tifosi? - I wanted to try something new. I also like the sporty style.
Natasha Van Der Merwe
Reason(s) Why I Train: I absolutely Love it. I love the process of getting fit physically as well as mentally learning how to keep positive and determined through challenging work outs. I Also want to see how much i can continue to grow as an athlete to where i know at the end of my career that i put everything into it and that i reached the highest point of my fitness with results proving so.
A Goal that Stokes Me: Right now its breaking 3 hours at the Houston Marathon on Jan 14, 2018. For 2018, i want to continue to just be better than i was the day before - through training, nutrition, recovery, you name it. That goal is enough to have me wake up every morning driven and excited to get after it.
Favorite Accomplishment: Having my daughter Nadine in August 2016. The joy i get from her is indescribable and no accomplishment out side of that can ever be greater.
Causes I Care About: Heart Health and specifically Congenital Heart Defects in Young Kids since my daughter just had heart surgery due to it and then Health and Wellness for Families since if you are not healthy you cannot experience life to the fullest.
Why Tifosi?: Incredible selection of good looking Glasses that are of an OUTSTANDING quality and at a price point that is very affordable.
Manuela Carbajo Ré
Hometown: Necochea, Argentina.
Words I Live By: Enjoy the present, Your only competition is yourself, Smile no matter what.
Reason(s) Why I Train: I enjoy it. I want to be the best version of myself. I love learning and facing the daily challenges at practice.
A Goal that excites Me: Win in LPGA//Inspire others to accomplish their dreams in what they love.
Favorite Accomplishment: Represent Argentina in the biggest amateur event: the World Amateur Team Championships in 2010.
Causes I Care About: Inspire young golfers to accomplish their dreams, Help young athletes to have the access to get better.
Why Tifosi?: Great quality, good lenses, light and comfortable.
Words I Live By: Coaching The Best Never Stops.
Favorite Accomplishment: U.S. Kids Golf Top 50 Master Kids Teacher, Golf Digest Top Teachers In Michigan, Future Champions Top 25 Junior Elite Coach.
A Goal that Stokes Me: Helping people play better golf everyday!
Causes I Care About: First Tee, junior golf and growing the game of golf, our local food pantries.
Reason(s) Why I Train: I train to play my best and coach some of America's best athletes. Using the best technology available I share my love for the game of golf and how golf can change your life.
Why Tifosi? Heard great things about your company and I would be proud to represent this brand. I think I can do that and be a valuable asset to what you do!
Hometown: Toronto, Canada
Words I Live By: “Instruction is the ability to provide knowledge, Teaching is the delivery system & Coaching is ensuring that knowledge becomes learned.” It's truly important that players in sports receive top quality coaching along the way as they develop into athletes.
Reasons Why I Coach: I love what I do. I'm passionate about helping people. I enjoy helping people overcome their fears and reach their true athletic potential.
A Goal that Stokes Me: Watching any player succeed whether it be a 4yr old student or a tour player. Helping people is what I'm about.
Favorite Accomplishment: Putting a smile on that golfers face after they really crush it for the first time and seeing their enjoyment.
Causes I Care About: I care about changing people's lives. I want to see them succeed on every level. The mind is a powerful thing and many players tend to get in their own way from a performance perspective. This is always a tough step for athletes but they can overcome it. I enjoy helping out and supporting anything to do with cancer as it has personally affected my family along with any youth development programs.
Why Tifosi?: The quality and performance from Tifosi is outstanding both on and off the course. I couldn't be happier in partnering up with this fantastic company and look forward to a long term relationship supporting the brand.
Hometown: Akron, OH
Words I Live By: "Preparation is the key to success."
Reason(s) Why I Train: To be better prepared for the next challenge whatever it may be.
A Goal that Stokes Me: The next shot. In golf it's all about the moment. One Swing. Knowing 1000's of balls that I've hit.
Favorite Accomplishment: First and foremost my family. Voted a Golf Digest "Best in State" Instructor in 2015. Two time winner of the NOPGA Bill Strausbaugh Award.
Causes I Care About: Inspiring and mentoring others to accomplish their goals.
Why Tifosi?: I love ALL sports. Tifosi is a brand that has no boundaries and I love that. Whether you are on the course, court, track, trail, beach, mountain, or road, Tifosi products are for any activity or lifestyle.
Words I Live By: Always stand by what you believe. Never abandon your principles but be open to other viewpoints.
Reason(s) Why I Train: My goals aren't going to achieve themselves. It's my responsibility to put the work into becoming the best I possibly can.
A Goal that Stokes Me: Becoming a scratch golfer and start entering local tournaments.
Favorite Accomplishment: Building a fundamentally strong swing on my own through hard work and determination.
Causes I Care About: Bringing more people to the game of golf. Golf teaches people mental and physical strength and helps discover things they never knew about themselves.
Why Tifosi?: Quality products. I love the diversity in their selection that fits every style. Super comfortable.
Activity: Weapons and Tactics Instructor / Strength and Endurance Athlete and Coach
Words I Live By: Techniques Vary. Principles are solid.
Reason(s) Why I Train: Initially physical training was the means to the end, an essential part of my military work. While deployments are less likely for me at this point, the same fitness I maintained throughout my military career now enables me to do nearly anything I choose. Whether it be a triathlon, backcountry hunt, mountaineering, shooting competitions or an ultra marathon, I train so I can get outside and do.
A Goal that Stokes Me: Completing the BigFoot 200 mile ultra marathon.
Favorite Accomplishment: The 666 Challenge (600lbs Squat, 600lbs Deadlift and a sub-six minute 1 mile run on the same day) at 40 years old.
Causes I Care About: Readying the next generation of special operations troopers for the next generation of missions.
Why Tifosi?: Capabilities and Value. I have been provided many high end sunglasses during my career. None of which compare to Tifosi's fit, features, and price. The Fototec lenses allow for having one pair of glasses that will go from daylight to night, when it is time to switch to night vision devices. Glasses like the SEEK, having no frame, do not obstruct your field of view when in the prone or in aero position on the cycle. You get all of this at a price point that is often half the cost of other eye protection.
Hometown: Fleetwood , PA
Activity: 3 Gun; Long Range Competitions
Reasons why I train: Never one to be satisfied with my results, I strive to improve so I can compete at the highest level.
A goal that Stokes me: Repeating as the 3 Gun Nation National Heavy metal Champion.
Favorite Accomplishment: Winning the Heavy Metal National Championship, a 3 Gun Nation Regional in Factory Division, and the Inaugural 3 Gun Nation Long Range event in the .308 division all in the same year.
Causes I care about: Teaching young people to enjoy the shooting sports and outdoor activities, making sure our nations veterans' and LEO receive the recognition they deserve for serving our country.
Why Tifosi? Tifosi glasses are simply the most comfortable and clear glasses I have worn in over 12 years participating in the shooting sports. Not only do I feel they are better than other glasses on the market, they are available to the consumer at a fair price that everyone can afford.
Hometown: Dallas, Ga (current residence, Tn is home/where I grew up)
Activity: Hunting, competitive shooting, fishing, hiking and just being outdoors Words I Live By: If you’re not having fun with it, change it!
Reason(s) Why I Train: A very wise man once told me, the first day you stop learning is the last day of your career. I view training the same way. Be it training on the gun range, weight room or running a trail. You train to learn, improve, and find your edge in an effort to continually improve and not be accepting of the status quo.
A Goal that Stokes Me: To never stop being me. That may sound odd, but being genuine and you regardless of where you are, who you are with and the environment you are in is an incredible trait that I value in myself and others. My goal is to never lose sight of that or act otherwise.
Favorite Accomplishment: Making my first top 20 finish at a Major 3-Gun match in 2016.
Causes I Care About: I volunteer a lot of time with veteran’s groups, both through the veteran’s network at my place of employment and moreso personally. I am very active in support and assisting of the Task Force Dagger Foundation.
Why Tifosi?: Several reasons actually. Fit. I have a smaller profile and having a shield type frame that I don’t need a hat to secure on my head is a nice change in the world of shooting glasses. The HC red lenses really do make targets pop on the range, especially in changing background and conditions. I have had 3 eyes surgeries and understand the value of protecting your eyesight. Having a company that understand and is dedicated to true ANSI rating and not just a pair of good looking glasses is important to me. For years I have searched for a pair of glasses that were comfortable for 10 plus hours of wearing on the range while not prone to fogging up, especially in the humidity the south has to offer. The lens design of the Blockades delivered that and I was instantly sold on them. Lastly, with the inception of the Tifosi Tactical line, I saw an opportunity to become a parting in helping a company develop, grow and improve, something I strive on and genuinely enjoy.
Hometown: Birmingham, Alabama
Activity: 3 Gun and Practical shooting sports
Words I Live By: How will I be better tomorrow?
Reason(s) Why I Train: Success is often a result of effort. I train so I that I know I've put forth the effort to be successful. For me it's as much about confidence as it is about preparedness.
A Goal that Stokes Me: Really, just continuous improvement. Always be moving forward in whatever I'm doing.
Causes I Care About: Task Force Dagger Foundation
Why Tifosi?: In our sport, optical clarity is paramount with impact resistance being a close second. Tifosi delivers in both areas, not to mention they are an amazing value and they look pretty cool!
Hometown: Metamora, Michigan.
Activity: Three Gun, USPSA, Action Shooting.
Words I live by: Talent is a function of dedication and hard work.
Reasons why I train: Training, preparation, and performance on demand are the three keys to victory, and the first two are done off the clock.
A goal that stokes me: Claiming the 3GN Pro Series Title.
Favorite Accomplishment: Taking 1st place in the Nordic/Vortex Tri-Gun National Championship.
Causes I care about: The Ryan Rocks!!! Outdoor Adventures charity organization. Ryan Rocks!!! Takes kids that have been diagnosed with cancer and their families out of the hospital and into the great outdoors.
Why Tifosi: Tifosi optics have the great clarity and fog resistance that a shooter needs to keep sharp sight focus in adverse conditions.
Hometown: Clarkston, MI
Activity: 3Gun/Multigun, USPSA
Words I Live By: Never settle.
Reason(s) Why I Train: To continue to progression in the shooting community and to constantly push myself to the next level.
A Goal that Stokes Me: To win a major match.
Favorite Accomplishment? Taking a long range stage win at a major match. Living in Michigan hinders my ability to practice past 100 yards, so winning a stage that had shots out to 425 yards was something I had been chasing for the last couple years.
Causes I Care About? Ryan Rocks Outdoor Adventures and Task Force Dagger are the two charities I have worked with since I started shooting.
Why Tifosi? I had been searching for a company that offers a wide range of adjustability to get the glasses to fit correctly and interchangeable lenses while maintaining an affordable price. Tifosi delivered, not only for shooting glasses but also for day to day use.
Hometown: Troy, MI
Activity: 3-gun and USPSA.
Words I Live By: Play hard and work even harder.
Reason(s) Why I Train: Because thinking about it is so much harder than just doing it.
A Goal that Stokes Me: My goal is to have consistent top 10 finishes at Major 3 -gun matches this season.
Favorite Accomplishment: My favorite accomplishment is definitely my family. My favorite shooting accomplishment is making it to the 3GN Pro-Series qualifier.
Causes I Care About: I have been involved in raising money for the winter special Olympics for over 15 years.
Why Tifosi?: I see a need in the market for high quality shooting glasses at an affordable price. After trying on a few pairs of Tifosi glasses I was hooked.
Activity: 3Gun/Multigun Shooting Sports.
Words I Live By: There is no substitute in life for hard work.
Reason(s) Why I Train: To continue to push myself to be better.
A Goal that Stokes Me: Reaching the upper echelon of the sport.
Favorite Accomplishment: Bringing new talented people into the sport.
Causes I Care About: 2nd Amendment Rights.
Why Tifosi? Tifosi has a reputation of quality and diverse products.
Words I Live By: You miss 100% of the shots you don't take.
Favorite Accomplishment: Watching my kids show interest in firearms and teaching them safe/responsible handling.
A Goal that Stokes Me: Being better tomorrow than I am today.
Causes I Care About: Introducing new people to the shooting sports and promoting a healthy 2A lifestyle.
Reason(s) Why I Train: I train to improve because you can't get better without putting in the work. Placement on the leader board is a direct reflection of the amount of time/effort spent training.
Why Tifosi? I am impressed with the quality and value of product from Tifosi. I also appreciate the support being shown in the action shooting sports.
Words I Live By: “Hard work always pays off” & “Attitude is EVERYTHING“
Favorite Accomplishment: Being married for 21 years, retiring from my career as a Lieutenant w Sarasota County FD.
A Goal that Stokes Me: Teaching my children the values I’ve learned.
Causes I Care About: US Military, 2A rights, Firefighter/Police Benevolent, St Judes Hospital (through Juice Plus)
Reason(s) Why I Train: Well if you ask my wife she will say I have OCD ... but to her that stands for “Overactive Competituve Disorder” ... lol but if you ask me I train to push myself to new limits, to prove to myself (& my kids) I can do whatever it is I’m attempting.
Why Tifosi? #1 the product is outstanding from seeing friends products.