Beef Team member named one of Austin's Fittest
The checkoff-funded Beef Team is in its third year and isn't showing any signs of slowing down. Not only has the program and concept been successful, its elite members are taking the team to the next level.
Hollie Kenney is one of the team's stars and has been busy spreading the word about lean beef at races across the state. Kenney is a former professional triathlete, Masters swimming coach and personal trainer. She is the former head cross country, track and swimming coach at John Hopkins University, a 17-time All American triathlete and six-time Ironman finisher.
Kenney recently earned a spot on the "10 of Austin's Fittest" list by Austin Fit magazine.
"It was a huge honor to be chosen and it was a surprise, especially in a city with such fit and active people," said Kenney. "It's a huge accomplishment and it's nice to know I was in the running just a year after I had a baby."
Kenney has had an amazing year, just recently breaking the course record at the TriWaco triathlon and winning the Jack's Generic triathlon in New Braunfels. Kenney is extremely busy being a single mom to a 1-year-old daughter Montannah, but encourages others like her to get out and make time to be active.
"Hollie is an essential part of our team and we're proud to have her represent the beef industry," said Jennifer Matison, Texas Beef Council senior consumer marketing manager. "Through the Beef Team, our industry has a place that's relevant and compelling in the fitness and health world. The team is leading by example and speaks to everyone from the average mother wanting to be more active and run in her first 5k, to the cream of the crop athlete like Hollie who consistently finishes in the top three."
The Beef Team consists of over 500 runners across the state promoting the healthy benefits of beef, namely through example, to other members of the fitness community. Kenney is the volunteer captain and lead trainer for the beef team.
"I'm so proud to be a part of a team that's so passionate about their sport and everyone understands the benefits lean beef has to offer in the diet," said Kenney.