Endurance Explorers was founded by Emma Briggs and Kyle Hamilton in June 2015 and was born out of their desire to help time-pressed triathletes have great experiences at destination races. Accomplished age group triathletes themselves, with a knack for planning and logistics, they love to use their extensive travel and triathlon experiences to help others achieve their goals and have fun at destination races.
Emma’s triathlon journey began in 2007 at the London Triathlon sprint distance race. Ill-equipped with a too-tight surfing wetsuit and heavy hybrid bike, she vowed never to do that stupid triathlon thing again. A year later, though, she was back, drawn by the appeal of trying to do better. Ten years, eight Ironman races, four World Championships and a ton of fun later, “that stupid triathlon thing” has transformed her life. She loves to help other athletes by sharing information, knowledge and advice gained from her own experiences and also works as a coach with Purple Patch Fitness.
Brought up on stories of her parents’ travels in Asia and Australasia, Emma has always had the travel bug. She has lived in three countries and has visited 35 others across five continents along with 30 US states and 9 Canadian provinces. She travelled extensively throughout her 14 year career working for the British Government during which she held a variety of management positions, most recently at the British Consulate in Chicago. She is excited to have the opportunity now to combine her professional skills with her twin passions of triathlon and travel to help others to have fun and to achieve their goals.
Kyle’s first triathlon was the Tiburon Sprint Triathlon in 2001. Just before the start the zipper on his wetsuit broke but, undeterred, he swam with his wetsuit full of water and completed the race, only stopping to help a guy get his boat onto its trailer midway through the run! A full-time firefighter, Kyle took a hiatus from triathlon following the birth of his two sons, returning to it in 2010 when he tackled his first half iron distance race and his first Xterra. He has since raced in triathlons, bike races and running races across Asia, Europe and North America and is a four-time Ironman. He loves to ride off-road and the highlight of his athletic career is as the dinosaur who raced cyclocross for which he gained 10 minutes of internet fame!
Kyle is a USAT level 1 and USMS level 1 and 2 coach and loves the satisfaction he gets from helping people to achieve their goals and to have a good time. He also loves cooking for others and has honed his culinary skills over 20 years at the firehouse.