Triathlon

La Jolla Ironwoman overcomes back injury to run 10th triathlon

La Jolla Ironwoman overcomes back injury to run 10th triathlon

It was 1982 when La Jollan, then 22-year-old Kathleen McCartney, participated for the first time (and won) an Ironman triathlon. “That was one of the highlights of my life and really set a course for the rest of my life,” she said in an interview with La Jolla Light. Oct. 8, she will participate in her 10th Ironman at age 57 in Hawaii, the birthplace of the worldwide-sought race.

Ironman is a triathlon consisting of a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bike ride, and a 26.22-mile marathon run in that order without a break. The race first took place in 1977 in Hawaii, and McCartney first knew about it as early as 1981, when her then-boyfriend participated (and won) the race. “As soon...

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