Program Founder and Executive Director, Tri-Masters Chicago
Bernard Lyles is known internationally as an ambassador of the sport of Triathlon. An accomplished triathlete and marathon runner himself, Bernard Lyles was invited to, and competed in the Ironman World Championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii on October 3, 1998. The Ironman is Triathlon’s premiere event consisting of a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike and 26.2-mile run.
Bernard has been instrumental in hundreds of African Americans taking up the sport of Triathlon. His passion for the sport of Triathlon and his interest in teaching the sport to other African-Americans led him to found Tri-Masters Chicago in 1990 and Tri-Masters Sports Initiative Programs, a youth program focused on promoting fitness through Triathlon training in 1992. In 1998 Bernard co-founded Team Dream, an adult organization that introduces women of color to the sport of Triathlon.
Bernard has years of experience in the health and fitness industry. He has years experience as a personal trainer working for establishments such as Hyde Park Athletic Club, Bally Total Fitness and currently,L A Fitness. Bernard also served as the Intramural and Recreation Coordinator for Chicago State University.
Education: Chicago Public Schools / Farragut High School, City Colleges of Chicago /Kennedy King College and Chicago State University.
Bernard is a Red Cross Certified Water Safety Instructor and Advanced Certified PADI Scuba and Rescue Diver. He is an active member of the community, volunteering numerous hours with several organizations throughout Chicago for over thirty years. He currently volunteers MaxFitness Marathon/Triathlon Training Program, The Bank of America Chicago Marathon, the Chicago Triathlon and the Chicago Public Schools. Bernard is also associated with several associations and teams such as USA Triathlon Association, Chicago Area Runners Association, International Association of Sports Professionals and the Professional Association of Diving Instructors.
Bernard Lyles’ sports accomplishments include:
· 1984 – 1993 President of the Rainbow Road Runners Club
· 1993 Person of the Year – Windy City Sports Magazine
· 1995 Invitation and participation in the Dave Scott Triathlon Training Clinic
· 1997 Power Bar Elite Team Member
· 1998-2000 Saucony Sports Team Member
· 1998 Ironman Triathlon World Championship in Kailua-Kona Hawaii
· 2001 Awarded the International Olympic Committee Diploma for remarkable contribution, as a Volunteer, to the development of sport and Olympics and to the promotion of friendship and solidarity among people in
· 2002 Awarded the Jamaican Consul’s Leadership Award for Sports for Dedicated Service and Commitment to Excellence.
· 2002 First Amateur to appear on the cover of American TRI – a worldwide publication for the sport of Triathlon
· 2009 USA Triathlon Certified Race Director
· Competed in and completing over 90 triathlons including Ironman Hawaii and Ironman Wisconsin
· Competed in and completed 39 marathons, including 9 Boston Marathons. His marathon PR is 2:54:21, Chicago 1985.