Even though I train hard and race competitively, I believe in leading a balanced lifestyle

My name is Laurelee and I am proud to say I am Dr. Melanie Brandt’s mom. I have lived in Kelowna for the last 35 years. The Okanagan was the perfect place to raise a family, and now my children continue to enjoy the same activities and lifestyle as they raise their own families.

As an active member of the Kelowna Running Club, I have participated in many local running events and triathlons, including several Ironman Canada appearances. My passion is triathlon, having qualified for and raced at Ironman World Championships (Kona) five times, and Ironman 70.3 World Championships (Las Vegas) twice.

Over the years, I have competed in various half and full marathons, such as Victoria, Seattle, and Boston. One of my most treasured accomplishments was to be invited to write a chapter in a book about running called ‘Running in the Zone – a Handbook for Seasoned Athletes’, edited by Steve King and Dan Cummings.

Even though I train hard and race competitively, I believe in leading a balanced lifestyle, finding time for family, friends and a social life. My goal is to be a role-model for those just starting out in their sports career. Whether it is running, swimming, cycling or all three, it’s never too late to start training and to follow your dreams.


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