Rebeccah Wassner is a three-time winner of the New York City Triathlon (2009, 2010, 2011), holds records on the Philadelphia and Columbia Triathlon courses, and was a member of the US National Team in the 2006-2007 season.
She started her athletic life in the pool, swimming year-round from ages 7 to 18. She went on to run at an elite level, as a three-time Maryland High School state track champion, 5-time school record holder in Division 1 cross country and track at Mt. St. Mary's College. She was named the 2009 USA Triathlon Athlete of the Year; and the 2004 USA Triathlon Rookie of the Year. She is most proud of her Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults "Fight" Award.
In 1998, when her twin sister Laurel was diagnosed with cancer, Rebeccah quit her job as a CPA in Washington, DC and moved in with her twin in NYC’s West Village. Rebeccah nursed her sister through chemotherapy and a long recovery, channeling her anger and sadness about her twin’s illness into marathons, then triathlons. When Laurel had finally regained strength, Rebeccah fractured her hip while training. Benched for the next year, Rebeccah directed her ample energy toward training her sister, who quickly rose to the top of the amateur field and eventually turned pro.
Rebeccah Wassner splits her time between New York City and New Paltz, NY, with husband John Heppolette. Even while training, competing, or cooking, Rebeccah, works as a CPA at the NYC bakery Amy’s Bread.