Community Sports News is a local newspaper that covers results from all the non-traditional sports. The editor wrote a nice blurb about me in this November edition. Thanks Joel!
Durham’s Alicia Parr won two national masters USAT championships in two weeks.
She was first female masters (2:10:12) and third woman overall at the USAT Age Group SC nationals at Tuscaloosa, AL, and two weeks later the overall women’s winner (4:01:49) at the LC national championships in Myrtle Beach.
“At this point, it’s incredibly satisfying to scale back the training and racing for a while and soak in the achievements,” Parr told CSN in an email.
“Most of all, it feels like all the hard work and preparation paid off. My goal was to win my age group at three championships this first year as a master’s athlete–Short Course Duathlon Nationals (where she was fifth overall, first in age group in Richmond), Short Course Triathlon Nationals and Long Course Triathlon Nationals. I knew I was capable but that it wouldn’t be easy. I credit focused preparation and the desire to really going for it on those key race days.
“Also, I’m grateful for the support I received from my family, friends and sponsors these last two seasons. Furthermore, I credit my husband and son for helping me keep multisport in proper perspective within a busy life filled with other priorities.”
In Alabama, WT was 2:09:14 for 1.5K swim, 40K bike, 10K run. There were 397 female finishers. In South Carolina, distances were 56 mile bike, 13.1 mile run. The 1.2 mile swim was cancelled following multiple days of heavy rains and water quality issues. There were 273 women finishers. Parr was the first 40+ athlete to capture an overall USAT national title.
Other Durham results: David Williams (2:06:27) was ninth 30-34 and Alysia Lovgren (2:22:06) 18th 30-34 in Alabama. The top ten in each age group were honored. At Myrtle Beach, Joshua Dixon (4:02:11) was sixth 30-34 (men’s WT was 3:39:48); Jessica Hancox (4:35:13) 19th 25-29.