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Triathletes will swim, bike and run Sunday in Venice, Longboat Key

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On Sunday morning, a crowd of versatile and well-conditioned athletes will race for fun in the Longboat Key Triathlon.
On Sunday morning, a group of talented and even better-conditioned athletes will compete for prize money in the REV3 Triathlon in Venice.
Two races.
One coast.
Lots of swimming, biking and running.
Last year, Dana Duckman completed the Longboat Key Triathlon. This year, the Sarasota triathlete will move up to the Rev3 and her first half-Ironman event, which is more than twice as long.
That’s a 1.2-mile swim followed by a 56-mile bike and 13.1-mile run.
Duckman, 45, feels good about going to the longer race. She has run several marathons. She has completed a 100-mile bike ride. She has done her swimming and practiced her transitions between events.
“The only unknown is not having done the whole race,” she says. “I know I can do the distance in the water. On the bike, I’ve done my first century this year. And the run is my happy spot.”

‘It’s big stuff’
John Letourneau, former president of the Sarasota Storm Triathlon Club, will be working at the REV3 Triathlon.
This event, offering $50,000 in prize money, will draw dozens of professional triathletes to Sarasota County. The level of competition will be much higher than, say, Sarasota Sharks or YMCA triathlons.
“It’s like the difference between a local softball team and a professional baseball team,” Letourneau says. “It’s big stuff.”
On Saturday, REV3 will present a big triathlon expo. On Sunday, video crews will record race highlights for broadcast on cable TV.
The third annual Longboat Key Triathlon may not be such a big deal, but it will draw competitors from across the state and around the country. The race is known for its beautiful setting and sumptuous after-party at the Longboat Key Club.

Triathlon journeys
For many triathletes, training and racing become a way of life more than just a sport.
Duckman, who works at a wealth management firm in Sarasota, has struggled with alcoholism and eating disorders. Now she feels healthier than ever, in the best shape of her life.
“For me, it strengthens my mind, body and spirit,” she says. “It satisfies me in a holistic way.”
Duckman describes herself as disciplined, competitive and a bit of a perfectionist — perfect for triathlon training at 5 a.m. Her goal is to complete a full Ironman race next year.
It feels right.
“That first triathlon I did, running out of the water and getting on the bike, I thought, I’ve found a home here,” she says. “This is for me.”

 

Interested?
For more information on the Longboat Key Triathlon and Duathon, visit longboatkeytri.com. For more information on the REV3 Triathlon in Venice, visit REV3tri.com.
Last modified: October 25, 2012
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