16 May 2019 Distinguished Alumna
Congratulations to Angie Marks ’93 Matsoff, our 2019 Distinguished Alumni Award recipient.
Angie Marks ’93 Matsoff is a tremendous example of having the Lion Spirit. Shortly after graduation from Westminster Academy, and just weeks before heading to college, Angie was diagnosed with Stargardt’s disease. This juvenile macular degeneration is an incurable eye disease that typically results in a loss of central vision over time. Within a year, Angie’s vision deteriorated and declared legally blind. In spite of it, Angie completed her courses and received a degree in Health & Fitness from Baylor University in 1997.
Time spent running became a way of coping with the loss of her vision. Angie competed in triathlons and marathons throughout the southeast. She received many awards including the 1998 Gatorade Triathlon Series Champion for her age‐group. In 1999, Angie participated in the inaugural Ironman Florida, her first of four Ironman Triathlon finishes. In 2001, less than a year after having Austin (WA’19), Angie became the first‐ever physically challenged female to compete in the Ironman Triathlon World Championships, earning her a World Championship in her division. After running the New York City Marathon this past October, Angie has now completed 48 marathons/ultra‐marathons.
In addition to being a wife to Chuck and mother to three WA students (Austin ’19, Tinley ’21, and Blaze ’25), Angie has owned a gym, been a personal trainer, and had her own nutrition business. She has also opened her heart and home to children in need of love, support, and a safe place to stay. She continues to train and inspire others through her actions, as well as her positive encouragement. To Angie, a challenge is never a reason to quit, but the motivation to work harder. She takes each and every obstacle in stride, with a belief that anything forced to overcome is a gift from God.
We will honor Angie at our upcoming Commencement on Friday, May 31, at 7:00 p.m.