A father-daughter triathlon duo from Washington took four top finishes last week, earning them a chance to compete for a spot in the 2011 World Championships in Beijing.
According to a post on the The Adventure Guys’ blog, Doug Hill, 55, and Alycia Hill, 21, are from Tacoma, WA, and have both been running triathlons for years. Doug started running triathlons in 1985, Alycia in 2006. Alycia told The News Tribune in 2006 that she started running triathlons too because, after watching her father run them for so many years, “it looked like fun”.
“I liked watching him do triathlons,” she said. “But I didn’t think it would be this much fun.”
Doug is optimistic about his daughter’s chances to be a first-place winner this year or in the next few years.
“Given that she has two more years in her age group in which she should get even stronger she has a good shot at medaling in the next two World Championship races,” he said.
A triathlon involves running, swimming and biking in immediate succession, with distances varying per race. The traditional international race distances are 5 km run, 750 m swim and 20 km bike. A triathlon is considered by many to be the most difficult race one can compete in. Alycia, who is a nursing student at Seattle University, has won the “elite classification” at the Fort Lewis triathlon series the last four years. She took fourth place in Budapest, qualifying her to compete for a spot in the Beijing race. Her father took the bronze medal for his age group.
Even if you’re not training for a triathlon, make sure you observe proper Northwest safety practices when fishing, hunting or hiking.