Chris Foster

Freelance Writer

Los Angeles, CA

Chris Foster

Underprepared adventurer.


An American Triathlete In Cuba

A trip to triathlon's newest frontier for one of the most historically significant races ever.
LAVA Magazine (print) Link to Story

The Island of the Time Before

Smith Island is the vanishing home of one of the last living remnants of colonial U.S. history.
Roads & Kingdoms Link to Story

Guiding Kona

A blind athlete and his guide reach a finish line neither thought they'd ever see.
LAVA Magazine (Print) Link to Story

Race Architects

Have you ever wondered what's involved in creating a safe and successful race course?
Triathlete Magazine (print) Link to Story

Going Varsity

Women's triathlon has been given provisional status by the NCAA. What does it mean for our sport?
LAVA Magazine (Print) Link to Story

Aupa, Aupa, Aupa!

A journey to Spain's Basque Country for hard racing, incredible eats and passionate fans.
LAVA Magazine (print) Link to Story

End Of An Era

In a sport driven by amateur participation, pro prize purses are being hacked out of race budgets.
LAVA Magazine (print) Link to Story

A Gang of Wizards

Who are the Wollongong Wizards?
LAVA Magazine (print) Link to Story

Getting To Know The U.S. Hopefuls

Eight athletes battling for the five (or six) Olympic spots.
LAVA Magazine (print) Link to Story

Burgerama Four - Day Two

Day One was FESTIVAL TIME; Day Two was for music fans and for general weirdness. Link to Story

The Black Ryder in LA (2/25/15) Live Review

Dressed entirely in black, the raven-haired Nash was a striking indieboy crush-target. Link to Story

Half Japanese Volume 2 1987-1989 Review

The band whose t-shirt famously adorned Kurt Cobain's dead body is back in the public eye. Link to Story


Chris Foster

I'm a freelance writer, professional triathlete, and amateur adventurer.

Since 2014, I have been a Senior Writer at where I produce album reviews that range from scathing to silly. I also write concert reviews (as well as photography) and short features.

Beginning in June 2015, I have penned a continuous column with LAVA Magazine following the U.S. Olympic process leading up to Rio 2016.

Before becoming a professional triathlete in 2007, I ran cross country and track at Penn State University where I also earned a B.A. in journalism with a minor in statistics.

As a former member of the U.S. National Triathlon Team, I have traveled all over the globe, getting into -- and out of -- more trouble than I care to remember; no doubt the best stories have come out of the worst situations.



  • Professional Triathleting
  • Running
  • Cycling
  • Open Water Swimming
  • Backpacking
  • Photography
  • Endurance Binge-Watching
  • Holding Liquor
  • Speaking Spanish
  • Traveling