Terra Firma

Terra Firma Racing has been hosting adventure races, off-road triathlons, mountain bike races, and trail runs since 1998. One of the recent changes for Terra Firma is including more hands on deck in order to put on the best races possible.

 Our mission is to create a fun race experience that inspires racers of all levels to push their limits.

Who We Are

Kathy Duryea

Kathy

Kathy began her athletic career at 14 yrs. of age. She excelled in long distance running and completed her first marathon that same year. During junior high & high school, she added basketball, swim, track, & cross country to her disciplines. Outside of school, she competed in water skiing in all three events (Trick, Slalom, & Jump). Once in college, she completed her first triathlon while five months pregnant with her first son. She had hopes of someday competing in the Ironman triathlon, but a joint injury in a qualifying race derailed her. While healing, she was introduced to mountain biking. Within a year and a half of racing, she landed a pro mountain bike sponsored deal with BMW-Proflex. Then in 2003, she realized her Ironman dream by completing the first ever off-road ironman race in Park City, UT in 19 hours.

By education, Kathy is a professional CPA (Certified Public Accountant). When not doing tax returns or putting on races, she can be found timing other races or making homemade soap. Kathy currently searches out events or races that are epic in nature and enjoys spending time with her two grandkids and family.

“I can because they say I can’t.”


Johnan Ratliff

Johnan

I’m here for the free beer and aid station snacks.


Bonnie

Following her collegiate running career in 1999, Bonnie searched for a new, more rugged competitive outlet. As a graduation present, she obtained her first mountain bike and began riding and racing cross-country style mountain biking. She tried her hand at riding road rallies and a few triathlons but found herself back in the woods. She began off road triathlons and finally adventure races. Through adventure racing, endurance mountain biking, and now gravel riding, Bonnie has found her ‘tribe’ of like-minded, adventurous friends. The comradery and competition she found has not only been a way to stay physically fit, but a way to experience epic adventures with some amazing folks along the way. Some of her favorite events to mention: The Dirty Dozen (solo and relay), USARA Adventure Race Nationals, 24 Hours of Rocky Hill (relay but hopefully solo!), The Ouachita Challenge, San Juan Huts 200 (x2), and Rebecca’s Private Idaho.

“To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift.” – Steve “Pre” Prefontaine


Kelly

The outdoors and athletics have been a gravitational pull for Kelly for as long as she can remember.  A competitive athlete in volleyball, basketball, and softball, she always viewed endurance sports as a special form of torture.  In 2007, despite her better judgement, Kelly joined some friends and competed in her first Terra Firma 12hr Adventure Race and was hooked.  Adventure Racing became the gateway to MTB riding and racing and eventually a love for trail running.  Whether it be on foot or by bike, Kelly tries to spend as much time as possible exploring and appreciating the often unpredictable adventures the outdoors have to offer.

“And into the forest I go to lose my mind and find my soul” – Muir

Favorite Bribe: Wine


Kim

Kim is Terra Firma’s “make things look swell” person. Keep an eye out for her at Terra Firma events. She’s the one who always has a camera in her hands. After moving to Texas in 2011, she discovered adventure racing and longer races. She has been a head coach and motivator extraordinaire for the National Interscholastic Cycling Association College Station Composite middle and high school mountain bike teams since 2011. And almost as important to note: she likes potato chips on her sandwiches.

“Go outside and make friends with a tree.” — Bob Ross #zenofbob


Becky

Becky is our timer. You’re not usually allowed to talk to her and you will often hear us talk about how mean she can be. Truth is, she puts on that facade just to keep you away so she can focus on keeping the results as accurate as possible. Really she is quite pleasant…or is she?


Lyn

Lyn’s full-time job is working for Adeptus Health as their VP of HR, but in her spare time can most likely be found riding her mountain bike, spending time with her grand babies (Liam & Lila), hanging with her husband and best friend for 37 years (Ted), and playing with her dogs (Bear & Ginger). Being somewhat competitive at heart, she has dabbled in adventure racing, (first adventure race was with Terra Firma), mountain bike racing (as a member of the Dirt Side Sisters race team), and even a little running.  As a co-owner for Terra Firma she hopes her passion for being outdoors, enjoying nature, and participating in friendly competition will be her way of inspiring racers who share in her passion.


Sarah

Lynni and Sarah are the most recent additions to Terra Firma! Lynni, who has recently picked up the adventure outside bug, cut her teeth on running, participating in the Philly marathon in 2006. Over the years, she found love for cycling and rides regularly around the lake. When she’s not riding her bike, she is selling point of sale systems and practicing her upcoming role as “CoCo,” grandmother to a baby girl due in February.

From playing racquetball with her father to racing road bikes at the age of 12, Sarah has loved exercise her whole life. However, she upped her game in  2000 when she and her race partner competed in their first sprint adventure race, co-ed division. They raced the whole season trying to catch the team to beat, “SCATHY.” The better half of that team being, Kathy Duryea, and never caught them. Sarah fell in love with the sport and participated in many of the Terra Firma events over the following decade.

“Wilderness is not a luxury, but a necessity of the human spirit.” -unknown