Justin 'Big Metz' Metzler

About Big Metz
Born and raised in Glenview, Illinois, Justin took part in his first triathlon at the age of 13 in 2009, progressing through the ranks to quickly establish himself as one of the premier long-distance racers in the United States. A breakout season in 2014 earned Justin the USA Triathlon rookie of the year title and the following year he was standing atop Ironman 70.3 podiums in Calgary and Buffalo Springs for the first time. Since then, the unmistakable Big Metz has regularly challenged at the front of races, gathering more than 30 top five finishes and improving year-on-year. In 2021, he stepped up in distance to record a first Ironman podium finish in Coeur d’Alene, qualifying for the Ironman World Championship and beating the existing course record in the process. 
Known for his consistency and passion on and off the racecourse, triathlon is not only a profession for Metzler, it is a way of life - one made even better by pursuing it alongside his wife, fellow pro Jeanni and 4-year-old pooch Milli. “She’s the cutest little thing and has the best personality,” Justin says (about Milli). “She makes me laugh every day with her mannerisms and playfulness. Despite the damage she did to the carpet and drywall as a puppy, Jeanni and I are grateful for her every day!”

  • Boulder, CO

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