Full Name: Emma Jane Garrard
Hometown: Anchorage, AK
Resides: Truckee, California
College: University of Nevada, Reno
Birth date: 6/11/1981
Years Elite: 1
Final XTERRA USA ranking: 11th
Personal: Born June 11, 1981 in Alexandria, Scotland to parents Dick and Jane – spent childhood in Jakarta, Indonesia; moved to the U.S. (Texas) at age 11. ... Was introduced to sports like field hockey, soccer and surfing at a young age thanks to parents and older brother Ross. ... Graduated with honors from the University of Nevada, Reno (photography, journalism). ... Currently works as a photojournalist for the Sierra Sun and Tahoe World newspapers in the Truckee-Tahoe area and helps coach junior Nordic Skiing. ... Enjoys being outdoors with her border collie, Kip, and boyfriend, Andrew, discovering new trails. ... In spare time likes painting, sleeping, baking and watching "True Blood." Favorite food is chicken tikka masala.
Athletic Background: Competed in cross country running, cross country skiing, soccer, tennis and track at Robert Service High School in Anchorage. Was on the state championship ski team in 1998 and 1999 and Junior Olympic champion team in 2000. Competed in NCAA Division I cross country running, cross country skiing and track and field at UNR. ... Was All-American in cross country skiing and school record-holder for the 3,000-meter steeplechase. ... Was the cross country team captain in 2002 and 2003. ... Competed at World University Games three times in cross country skiing.
Triathlon background: Did first triathlon at age 14 using a mountain bike in a sprint road triathlon. ... Did not get back into the sport until 2005. ... Competed in first XTERRA race in 2006 and won the 2007 XTERRA USA amateur championships. ... Was also USAT All-American in 2007. ... Started racing pro in 2008 with several top-10 finishes in the USA pro series and 13th overall at XTERRA World Championships.