Eric Byrnes played 11 years of Major League Baseball for Oakland, Arizona, and Seattle. His transition to triathlon wasn’t seamless – Eric couldn’t swim 25 yards when he first started in the sport and did his first tri on a beach cruiser.
But Byrnes, now an MLB Network analyst, persisted and finished IRONMAN Arizona in 2011 and 2013, IRONMAN US Championship in NYC and IRONMAN Lake Tahoe in 2013. Eric is a big supporter of The IRONMAN Foundation, Raising funds for the IMF, and also is a member of the IRONMAN Foundation Newton Running Ambassador Team. Eric has also raised tens of thousands of dollars in support of his friend Pat Tillman and the Pat Tillman Foundation. Eric Crosses the finish line of his IRONMAN events carrying Pat’s football jersey.
Eric states that IRONMAN Arizona was “probably one of the most special things that I’ve ever done in my life”.