Ft. Worth, TX – Texas Motor Speedway played host to this year’s Texas State Duathlon Championship and crowned two new champions. Despite gusty winds, the enthusiasm of the over 300 athletes racing on the unique course built for NASCAR was high. In traditional duathlon format, the contest consisted of a 2-mile run, 16-mile bike, and 2-mile run.
Young and fast
William Huffman, 18, of Colleyville, TX won with a comfortable margin of over 90 seconds to runner-up Scott Wilkinson, 21, of the Texas A&M collegiate team, in a time of 1 hour, 1 minute, 14 seconds. His average bike pace of 24.5 mph was the third best of the day and a consistently fast first and second run split pace of 5:07 and 5:22 per mile respectively secured him the win. Dustin Joubert, 25, also of the Texas A&M team finished third.
Hodge “motored” to victory
Christeen Hodge, 31, of Abileen, TX also gave an impressive performance by besting second place finisher, Alicia Judy, of Norman, OK by over 90 seconds. Hodge’s total time of 1 hour, 16 minutes, and 6 seconds included an impressive best-of-the-ladies bike pace of 20.9 mph. Lauren Green finished third, only 14 seconds behind second place.
The race within a race
The duathlon also served as the Texas Colligiate Duathlon Challenge with the team from Texas A&M easily beating out competing school clubs Texas Tech, University of North Texas, and Oklahoma State for top honors. Three of A&M’s top five finishing times place in the top 10 overall.
A newcomer’s approval
First-time duathlete, Suann Lundsberg, 36, of Colleyville, TX decided to enter the race only the day before after a friend posted on Facebook of his participation. “I thought it would be a good excuse to get on my bike,” said the rookie mutlisport athlete. About the course and the race conditions, she says “It’s a fast and flat course but the winds were tough. The race director put on a good race and the volunteers where really helpful on the bike course and in the transition area.” The only other multisport event Lundsberg has raced was a sprint triathlon and she laughs about the sensation of running after the bike leg, “It felt like I was running through water. I was hoping I wasn’t going to trip over my own two feet.” Indeed she didn’t. In fact, she placed a respectable fifth in her division.
Find the complete results: HERE