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About Us

Scroll down to learn more about our values, who we are, and why we love the outdoors, adventures, and racing!

Our Values


The world is a playground.  Respect nature and embrace the potential for fun around every corner. If you're not having fun, what's the point?


Be thankful for your health, every single day.  Nothing is insurmountable with the right perspective and attitude.


Active people are happy people! Fill your life with kindred friends who will inspire you to live healthy. Once you start moving, you won’t want to stop.


Eating a colorful variety of whole, plant-based foods is the cornerstone for both performance and recovery.


Do hard things, suffer, embrace the impossible. You won't ever find out what you are capable of until you see what lies beyond the boundaries that you have created.

Meet Cortney: Head Coach, Superhero Creator, & CEO

Cortney is a coach, runner, cyclist, swimmer, vegan, hiker, technologist, and animal lover.  Although she participated in sports growing up, she was primarily a classical pianist. She never thought of herself as an athlete, but she has always been a leader, motivator, planner, and health geek. Inspired by the PNW life when she moved to Seattle in 1998, she started hiking, biking, and running and eventually got hooked on endurance racing.

She has been a competitive runner and triathlete since 2010. She is a 3x Ironman finisher (All World Athlete), 6x marathon finisher, 5x ultramarathon finisher - including completing 93 miles on the Wonderland Trail in 3 days. While her great passion is to be outdoors, riding and running on mountains, she is a student of endurance sports, fascinated by physiology and psychology of training, which led her to coaching in 2015.  

Cortney's approach to coaching is holistic. With Cortney, you will cover proper volume and intensity ramp-up, specific strength-training for your sport, optimizing your nutrition, mental preparations, and goal-setting. She also loves to analyze data, so you don't have to. She will push you to push your boundaries because good things come to those who change. Cortney is a USAT Level I certified coach and a Precision Nutrition Level 1 Coach. She is also a co-founder of GritLink, a resource for the endurance and adventure community to find health care and education from Providers who are experts in endurance activities.

Contact Cortney at cortney@nwenergylab.com

Meet Barry: Executive Director of Adventures & CIO (Chief Idea Officer)

Barry's pursuit of racing and healthy living started in 2000.  Before then, his main interests were video games and computer systems engineering.  An active lifestyle was nowhere on his mind, until he witnessed some serious health issues in his immediate family and was driven and inspired to make a change in his own life.  He put the Sega controller down, threw away the cigarettes, and decided to run a 5K.  I guess you can say the rest is history.


Today, Barry has mountain biked, cycled, run, hiked, climbed, and tri’d hundreds of races and events of all distances, all over the world. He has qualified for and has run in the the Boston Marathon 10 times, has biked countless beyond-category climbs all over Europe.  Oh, and he is also one of the very few 140.0 “Lightning-man” IM athletes in the world (you’ll have to ask him sometime where the remaining 0.6 miles went).  Barry is passionate about traveling, never tires of the thrill, and pursues fun with laser-focus.  His positivity and ear-to-ear smile is infectious, be it in mile 5 of a century ride, or mile 25 of a marathon.  


Barry moved to Seattle from Boston in 2014, leaving his 20-year career in Information Technology to pursue his passion in athletics.  He is a RRCA Running Coach, NFPT certified personal trainer, a Level 2 USA Cycling coach, and a NOLS Wilderness First Responder. Barry believes that fun is the key ingredient to a PR. As a group coach, he aims to educate and inspire athletes to adopt healthy habits in their training, eating, and lifestyle.

Contact Barry at barry.petzold@gmail.com

Racing & Event Highlights

Here are a few of our most memorable events and races...

  • 2018 - Wonderland Trail - 93 miles in 3 days

  • 2018 - Joshua Tree 30-mile traverse

  • 2017 - half iron PR! Patriot Half Iron 

  • 2017 - marathon PR! - Birch Bay Marathon 

  • 2016 - most amazing race, all-around, Eiger Ultra Trail 50k

  • 2016 - Alps & Pyrenees cycling - most memorable climbs were Alpe d'Huez, Tourmalet, and Galibier

  • 2015 - torrential downpours of Ironman Canada

  • 2015 - favorite race for the adventurer triathlete, Escape from Alcatraz triathlon  

  • 2014 - Ironman Lake Placid triathloning in the thunder and lightening!

  • 2014 - Ironman Victoria 70.3 - top-10 AG finish, feeling competitive

  • 2013 - first Ironman - Ironman Florida 

  • 2013 - first triathlon podium - New England Tri Fest Olympic

  • 2013 - first marathon - Whidbey Island 

  • 2011 - first half iron - ChelanMan 

  • 2010 - first Olympic triathlon - ChelanMan