Team Sea to See is an 8 person, 4 tandem Race Across America (RAAM) team. They are the first RAAM team with all blind stokers. By taking on this challenge the team and crew hope to share with the world that intelligence, perseverance, and collaboration exist deep in the human spirit, allowing us to overcome adversity.

Stokers

Kristina “Tina” Ament graduated from Yale in 1984 and received her law degree from Stanford in 1987. She works as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, DC, and lives with her guide dog, Higgins, in Alexandria, Virginia. She is an eight-time Ironman Triathlon finisher. In 2015, Tina took up ultra-cycling, winning 12-hour races at the Midatlantic 12-Hour Championship and Bike Sebring in Florida. She also won the tandem division at a 24-hour race at the Bessie’s Creek event in Texas, finishing 3rd overall and is the 2017 National Hillclimb Champion.

 

 

 

 

Dan Berlin is Co-founder of Rodelle, a world-leading vanilla extract company, and Team See Possibilities, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting children who are blind around the world. Dan grew up in the chocolate town of Hershey, Pennsylvania and now lives in Fort Collins, Colorado with his wife and two children.  Over the course of twenty years, Dan gradually lost his eyesight from cone-rod dystrophy. He struggled with the limitations of his new reality, but instead of simply feeling sorry for himself, he came up with a new way to approach the rest of his life. 

​He decided, despite his blindness, to become a marathoner.  Dan has since run twelve marathons, including NYC and Boston, completed several triathlons including the Boulder Ironman, was the first blind athlete to run across the Grand Canyon and back, ran the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu in less than 13 hours, climbed to the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro in two and a half days, and recently completed his greatest challenge to date: Cycling, trekking and kayaking more than 100 km on remote sections of the Great Wall in China. 

Dan is passionate about encouraging others to go beyond their perceived limits as well as encouraging our next generation through his entrepreneurship and extreme endurance challenges.

Jack Chen is an attorney for Google, holds forty U.S. patents, and serves on the boards of several organizations, including Lime Connect, an organization rebranding disability in the workplace, and Aira, a technology start-up which has created a visual interpreter for the blind using smart glasses. Jack obtained his undergraduate and graduate degrees from Harvard and Berkeley, respectively, and his law degree from Fordham. He has run nine marathons, climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro, and completed both the Florida and New York Ironman triathlons.

 

 

 

Kyle Coon lost his sight at age six after a battle with Bilateral Sporadic Retinoblastoma—a rare form of childhood cancer. After meeting world-class blind athlete Erik Weihenmayer, Kyle got into rock climbing and became one of the first competitive blind rock climbers in the United States. When he was just 14 he hiked the Ankascocha Trail into Machu Picchu, and at age 15 he climbed and summited Mt. Kilimanjaro.

Kyle graduated from the University of Central Florida with a degree in Interpersonal/Organizational Communication and struggled to find employment for more than a year. During this year he struggled with depression and weight gain until he finally decided to start running. After connecting with someone to run with he became interested in triathlon. To date he has completed four marathons (including Boston), two Ironman Triathlons and numerous other endurance races. He is only one of nine athletes who is blind or visually impaired to complete an Ironman Triathlon in under 12 hours.

Kyle got his feet wet in the employment world by working as a Customer Care Professional for Lighthouse Works—subsidiary of Lighthouse Central Florida which is a vision specific rehabilitation nonprofit organization in Orlando, Fla. He eventually worked his way up to become the Advocacy Coordinator for Lighthouse Central Florida in which he advocated to members of government from the local to federal level on the issues surrounding employment and the blind and visually impaired community. He then left the nonprofit world to work in Corporate Operations for the Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division—a division of the department of the Navy that specializes in modeling and simulation in order to train the warfighter in a safe and effective environment.

Currently, Kyle works as a Social Media and Marketing Assistant for Bubba Burger and represents the company at various endurance races as an athlete across the country. He lives and trains in the Roaring Fork Valley of Colorado with his Seeing Eye(R) dog, Skye. Follow his adventures on Facebook.

Alternate Stoker

Mark Woodard lives in California, has overcome a turbulent childhood and gunshot accident, and is a motivational speaker, educator and massage therapist.  You can read more about his incredible story at his website here.

Pilots

Chris Howard together with his wife Marsanne, own a custom clothing business in Fort Collins, Colorado. They
are the parents of 4 grown children and have 1 granddaughter. Chris is a lifelong endurance athlete who
started running in elementary school to spend time with his dad. Chris first began piloting a blind friend
on a tandem in the mid 1990’s. For the last 6 years, Chris has been involved with the Fort Collins non-
profit Athletes in Tandem. Chris has raced numerous running and triathlon events with partners with
severe disabilities, including the Boulder Half Ironman in 2016. Chris is a regular training and racing
partner with Team Sea to See teammate Dan Berlin. As a solo athlete, Chris was a member of the the US
National Team for long course triathlon in 2016 and competed in the Long Course Age Group World
Championships.

 

Charles Scott left a 14-year career at Intel Corporation to found the Family Adventure Guy.  A National Geographic-featured adventurer and author of the book Rising Son: A Father and Son’s Bike Adventure Across Japan, he takes his two young children on endurance challenges around the world linked to charitable causes. 

​He and his children have cycled over 7,000 miles, including the length of Japan, the circumference of Iceland, across Western Europe and over the Rocky Mountains while following the Lewis & Clark Trail in the U.S.  He ran his first marathon at age 13, has completed six Ironman triathlons, and guided teammate Dan Berlin in four marathons and a Half Ironman. For more details on Charles’s background visit familyadventureguy.com.

 

 

Caroline Gaynor began competing in triathlons in 2001, at the age of 17, and has been a guide for visually impaired athletes since 2008. Since she became the first woman to guide a visually impaired woman through an Ironman triathlon in 2010, Caroline has raced almost exclusively as a guide.

To date, Caroline has guided thirteen athletes through more than 40 triathlons, including 8 Ironman races. Most recently, Caroline guided Helen Webb at the 2017 Ironman World Championship in Hawaii. Caroline is also an experienced road and cyclocross racer. In 2012, Caroline completed Race Across America as the only civilian and female member of a 4-man team in order to raise money for wounded veterans.

Most of Caroline’s free time devoted to connecting visually impaired athletes to guides around the country. There is nothing that brings her more joy than helping another person compete in the sport that has brought so much meaning to her life.

Caroline resides in Charlotte, NC, where she works as a regional director for Dimensional Fund Advisors, a global asset management company.   In 2006, Caroline received her B.A. in history from Columbia University. Caroline is a member of the USA Triathlon Paratriathlon Committee, and has led guiding clinics for Dare2Tri, a Chicago-based paratriathlon organization.

You can read more about Caroline at carolinebikes.com

Pamela Ferguson transitioned from trail running to triathlon in 2011, at which point she fell in love with cycling. She has been racing bikes for 4 years. Pamela especially enjoys crit races, cyclocross, and time trials. She is passionate about women’s cycling and hopes to see larger women’s fields at every level and in every discipline. She began guiding visually impaired athletes in 2015, including in a 12-hour and 24-hour ultracycling race. Last year she was part of a 4-person team competing in Race Across the West (“RAW”), which is approximately the first third of Race Across America and stops in Durango, Colorado. Her relay team was the overall RAW winner and set a course record in the 4-person mixed-gender division.

Pamela lives in Houston, Texas, with her 8-year old daughter. She has been practicing civil commercial litigation for over a decade. She completed her undergrad and master’s degrees at Vanderbilt University before attending law school at University of Houston. Pamela also owns Haute Wheels Racing, a non-profit organization and women’s cycling team focused on empowering women both on and off the bike.