About Me

Personal
Name: Branden Tyler Rakita
Nickname: B, Rakita
Height: 6’-1” (1.85m)
Weight: 160-170lbs (72.5-78kg)
Hometown: Durango, CO
Resides: Colorado Springs, CO
Education: BS in Civil Engineering Colorado State University

Family
Parents: Dave and Bobbi
Siblings: Brittany

Other Passions: Soccer, Travel, Friends, Exploring who I am
Idols: Mom and Dad, Ned Overend, Steve Prefontaine

Triathlon Tidbits:
Years in Triathlon: 5 Youth (87-92), 5 Amateur (00-04),Pro (05-?)
First Race: Durango Ironkids Triathlon 1987ish?
Youth Highlights: 3rd at Ironkids Albuquerque,
Amature Highlights: 1st at St. George Triathlon (beat Ned Overend), 4xWorld Qualifier, Inside Tri All-American 2004, USAT U23 Series Champion 2004
Professional Highlights: 5th Xterra USA Champs 2008, 3rd Boulder Peak 2005, Inaugural ITU Cross Tri USA Team Member 2011

Favorites:
  Books: Once A Runner, The Giver,
  Bands: Dave Matthews Band, Coldplay, Lifehouse, The Fray, O.A.R.
  Movies: Boondock Saints, Bourne, Bond, Miracle, Shawshank Redemption
  Races: Escape from Alcatraz, Ironhorse Bicycle Classic, Xterra Lake Tahoe, Xterra Keystone, Xterra Whistler
Quotes: “On the river as in life things seldom go as planned” -Jed Patalan,
“Here’s to the finely tuned athlete on the verge of greatness” -Romeo, Tin Cup
“hesitation is devastation” -Conrad Stoltz

Born and raised in Durango, Colorado in an active family meant participating in sports, Branden competed in soccer, road and mountain biking, swam, ran track and cross country and nordic skiing. He started competing in triathlons early at the local kids triathlon and traveled all over the southwest US competing in the Ironkids Series.

In high school Branden was on two state championship team cross country teams and qualifying for state in the 2 mile for track.  In nordic skiing he competed at the Junior Olympics.  In the fall of 1999 he started at Fort Lewis College in Durango and continued to run cross country for the next two years,then transferred to Colorado State University to finish up his degree in Civil Engineering.

During the spring of 2000 his dad qualified for the USAT World Championship Team and went to Perth, Australia and that perked Branden’s interest and decided to jump back into triathlon.  In 2001 he competed at the USAT World Qualifier in Lake Placid qualified for the USAT Worlds Team.  He continued and qualified for the 2002-2004 Worlds Teams as well.  His best performance was in 2004 in Madeira, Portugal placing 30th Overall and 4th in his age group.

From 2004 on the focus has been on triathlon.  He was accepted to the Next Step to Gold National Triathlon Development Team and moved to Clermont, Florida.  At the end of the year training with the team he qualified to be a professional and his first pro race was the 2004 Elite National Championship I placing 33rd.  At the end of the year Branden moved back to Colorado and has had steady progress toward the top of the sport.  Always one to follow what he loves he switched his focus from Olympic road triathlons to Xterra off-road triathlons.  Branden has been competing internationally since 2005 as a professional and is working towards being on the top step at the World Championships.