Meet Stephen Del Monte
A former social worker, youth athletic coach and middle-school math teacher, Stephen Del Monte of Wildwood Crest, has spent his career inspiring others to achieve their personal best – in sports and in life.
Today, as founder of DelMoSports and organizer of the Atlantic City International Triathlon, the Tri the Wildwoods Triathlon and 5K, Escape the Cape and Challenge Atlantic City Triathlon, Del Monte continues to motivate athletes at all levels – from beginners to elite performers – to meet and exceed their goals.
After graduating from Wildwood Catholic High School in 1995, Del Monte earned a degree in elementary education and a cognate in special education from York College of Pennsylvania. He later earned a master’s degree in education from the University of Phoenix. He began his career in 1999, as a youth advocate and assistant baseball coach at York College. From 1994 through 2003, he served as a lifeguard for the North Wildwood Beach Patrol, and then taught mathematics for three years at Barratt Middle School in Philadelphia.
In 2004, Del Monte established DelMoSports. A hands-on business owner, Del Monte oversees everything that goes into planning triathlon events, including marketing, operations, logistics and community outreach.
Del Monte has been recognized by the endurance sports community for his dedication to providing top-notch events along the Jersey Shore. In September 2012, Stephen was named Event Director of the Month by Active.com. Triathlon Business International athletes selected DelMoSports for three ‘Best Of’ nominations in their 2014 Triathletes Choice awards.
Del Monte gives back to his community as a member of the board of directors at his former high school, Wildwood Catholic, and a trustee of the North Wildwood Beach Patrol. Del Monte and his wife, Jamie, are the proud parents of two children. Not surprisingly, he says his hobbies include “anything that’s physically challenging, spending time with my family and reading.”
Meet Kristy Thall
Kristy aka “KT” is the first official employee to come on board with DelMoSports. She’s a former Pre-School Teacher’s Aide and youth athletic coach at Crest Memorial Elementary School. Like her boss Steve, she grew up in North Wildwood, NJ. Went away to college in Florida studied Physical Education and Exercise Science, and is now back in her hometown roots helping produce First Class Triathlons!
Kristy plays a big role at DelMoSports. She is the “go to gal” in the office and out on site. You need it? Kristy’s got it! If not, she’ll go get it! Her title is Event Specialist; however she is quickly taking on the roll as registration liaison and admin for DelMoSports.
The Triathlon world is very new to Kristy. So new she competed in her very first triathlon last July “The Queen of the Crest” in a men’s Tri Kit (thanks to her co-worker Ben!). This was part of the job requirements per Stephen.
Outside of DelMoSports Kristy enjoys catching up with her friends, fishing, boat rides, anything beach related (paddle boarding, whiffle ball, beach volleyball, or just laying there) traveling and not to mention spoiling the crap out of her rescue dog Jake. She is also a member of the Women of Wildwood “W.O.W.” which is an all ladies non- profit organization that gives back to the community, lends helping hands to the local schools and families and promotes a positive attitude towards the Wildwoods as a whole.
Meet Cheryl DeMesquita
Cheryl, a former DelMo athlete, has taken the role of Volunteer Coordinator for DelMoSports. She has an energetic personality and loves meeting new people. (fits the bill perfect) Cheryl is in charge of reaching out to local organizations, Triathlon Clubs, and individuals to come out on race day to help keep a fun and safe course for the athletes.
We asked Cheryl some fun questions:
What is your favorite DelMo race and why ? “Tri the Wildwoods, I love being able to bike to work that day.”
What’s your ‘go to’ tool/item in your pocket on race day ? “Ha, my reading glasses (shut it Ben!)”
What are your hobbies? “Cooking, Kayaking, Yoga, Biking, Reading”
People would be surprised to know….”I have a black belt in karate and was a kick boxing instructor.“
Meet Sarah Hartmann
Event Team/ Sponsorship/ Registration
Sarah Hartmann joins the DelMoSports Team as Sponsorship Coordinator. A certified USAT race director with 15+ years of professional marketing, technology, sales and operations experience, Sarah is also the President of Race2Rebuild, a non-profit endurance racing program founded by athletes to rebuild communities and bring families home after natural disasters.
Way back before she fell in love with endurance sports, Sarah received her MFA in Theatre from the University of Delaware, acted on stages and in front of cameras in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles, and taught acting and speech at the NY Conservatory of Dramatic Arts, Roosevelt University/Chicago and University of Colorado/Boulder.
Favorite sport: Triathlon. Favorite band: Mumford & Sons. Favorite food: Meatballs! Favorite TV show: Breaking Bad. Proudest Racing Achievement(s): Finishing the 2010 NYC Marathon and not starting the 2012 NYC Marathon (due to Superstorm Sandy, which led to the creation of Race2Rebuild). Favorite quote: “Just seize every opportunity you have, embrace every experience. Make a mark, for all the right reasons.” –Chrissie Wellington.
Meet Mindy Soranno
Event Team/ Expo Coordinator
Mindy Soranno joins the DelMoSports Team as our Expo Coordinator….event planning is her niche…
She is not new to triathlon, starting her 15th year in the sport, she has completed 9 Iron Distance Triathlons going for 10 in October, as well as numerous sprint/Olympic and half iron triathlons, 2 Ultra Marathons, 9 Marathons (not including the Iron Distance), and many half marathons, 10ks, and 5k’s. Currently on the quest for a marathon in every state…Love making friends on the race course….especially in long distance races….
Originally from the D.C. area, she now resides in Ohio with her husband Don…she loves to travel and when not racing, cooking and entertaining is her hobby.
Some favorites: music – classic rock – Queen
Favorite food: wine – is that a food? Ok, sushi
Loves the beach…living in Ohio is not easy being so far away from a beach!
Race mantra: inhale confidence, exhale doubt….i have a very special friend to thank for those words…
*To contact anyone of these AMAZING individuals, please call (609) 849.8908 or email firstname.lastname@example.org