Wild Woman Conquers Wildflower


Our resident butt-kicker has done it again.

Cherie Gruenfeld placed first in her age group at the AVIA Wildflower Triathlon this past weekend, besting the 65-69 year-old age group for the Half-Ironman distance.  (She beat the 60-65 year-old women for good measure, too.)

Known for a particularly hilly and grueling course – many participants wonder how it is possible for a course to have so much “up” and so little “down” — the AVIA Wildflower Triathlon is one of the largest triathlon events in the world, with 7,500 athletes and 30,000 spectators attending each year.  The event features a 1.2 mile swim in Lake San Antonio, a 56 mile bike ride that includes the notorious “Nasty Grade” — a nearly five mile grade which climbs 1,000 feet (300 m) from bottom to top of “Heart Rate Hill” — and finishes with a 13.1 mile run, more than half of which is done off-road on hiking trails.  It’s a tough, fiendishly difficult course that will test the mettle of any triathlete.

Lucky for Cherie, she’s got mettle in spades.  And she’s got medal, too.  A first place medal, that is!  Join us in congratulating Cherie on yet another awesome victory.

(P.S. Check out Cherie’s new Boingo kit!  If you’re a cyclist or triathlete and you’re interested in purchasing a Boingo kit like Cherie’s, drop me a line at dcallahan@boingo.com.)

 

About Dawn

Dawn is one of the rarest breeds of Southern Californians -- a native. She has more than 15 years of experience marketing technology, which means she's a nerd at heart (and we say that in the most loving way possible). When she's not taking pictures (her favorite subject being her four-year-old twins), she's training for triathlons, so count on her to swim, bike, and run to hotspots all over SoCal for quality assurance.
This entry was posted in Boingo, Fitness, Green/Community and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>