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January 2014

Former Winners Still Going Strong in Kona

Friday, January 24, 2014

Mike Plant with Gordon Haller, winner of the first Ironman race in 1978, at the 2013 event in Kona. 

Among the Age-Groupers at the 2013 the Go-Pro Ironman in Kona… were two influential former winners of the race: Gordon Haller, 53, who won the first Iron Man Triathlon on Oahu in 1978, and Kathleen McCartney, 54, whose dramatic victory over Julie Moss in Feb 1982 helped kicked off an international multisport movement. Haller finished his 23rd Ironman event in 14:19:41. (His time in 1978 was 11:46:58). McCartney finished in 13:19.59.

USAT Introduces Retro Tri Series

Friday, January 24, 2014

USAT recently announced their 2014 Retro Tri Series… a fifteen race series of events scattered across the country. Distances are advertised at “300-400 yard swim, 5-10 mile bike and 2-5k run.” USAT website claims that “the Retro Tri Series is taking a step back to those days by offering a unique series that highlights the retro allure that once was. Retro attire is encouraged to enhance the experience and atmosphere!” loves the opportunity to bust out crusty 25 year old Speedos in an effort to enhance the allure that never left. USAT also suggests that “all events within the series are not required to be timed, but timing is acceptable.” is also intrigued by what else in the sport might not be required but acceptable.

Happy 15th Anniversary to

Friday, January 24, 2014

In 2014,…arguably the first group to create and disseminate generic triathlon training programs online, celebrates its 15th anniversary. Founder/principles Paula Newby Fraser, Norm Paul Huddle, Roch Frey, and Heather Fuhr represent a kind of micro royalty of triathlon with dozens of international titles amongst them. Their group set occupational standards for what an elite athlete might do for “real work” after their retirement from sport.