Full Name: Justin Taylor Hurd
Hometown: Brownsville, Ca
Resides: Fort Collins, Co
College: University California Davis
Birth Place: Carson City, NV
Years Elite: 1
Personal: Justin Hurd was born in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Growing up in the small town of Brownsville, he enjoyed riding motorcycles, mountain biking, fishing, hiking, and camping. As a teenager he lived in Monterey, CA, where surfing was his favorite activity, closely followed by an array of after school sports. Always a competitive spirit and looking for new challenges, he dabbled in baseball, football, wrestling, cross country, soccer, and track and field. Justin originally joined track and field to pole vault, setting school records, and began distance running only when a broken wrist his junior year kept him out of the air. Setting high school distance records in the mile and cross country, Justin raced two seasons of track and one season of cross country. After graduating he worked full time at a ski resort in Lake Tahoe and on a fishing boat in Alaska that following summer. Resuming school and sports, he transferred from Hartnell Junior College to the University of California Davis, where he studied Exercise Biology. Although collegiate running kept him very occupied, Justin raced triathlons in the summer months. While in college, he worked at Davis Wheelworks and enjoyed Mexican food from the best restaurant of all time: El Mariachi in Davis, CA. Current employment entails working as a Cardiovascular Technician for Heart Center of the Rockies. Triathlon is a perfect fit for Justin, who is a jack of many trades. Although triathlon is his main love and focus, the offseason provides time to ride the mountain bike, ski, snowboard, and snowshoe. Still partial to a good Mole Poblano burrito and tall glass of horchata, you will currently find Justin living and training in Fort Collins, Colorado with his faithful dog Chip.
Elite Career: 5th overall and first American finisher at the 2008 Duathlon Long Course World Championships in Geel, Belgium. ... Finished 5th place overall at the 2008 inaugural Ironman China. ... 7th overall at the 2008 XTERRA Winter World Championships in Ogden, Utah. ... Finished 50th overall at the 2008 Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii. ... 12th place overall at the 2008 Vineman Ironman 70.3 in Santa Rosa, CA.
Amateur Career: Finished 40th overall (8th amateur) at the 2007 Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii. ... 18th overall (7th amateur) at the 2007 Ironman 70.3 World Championships in Clearwater, FL, including a 2:09 56-mi bike split. ... 89th Overall at the 2006 Ironman World Championships in Kona. ... Overall amateur champion at the Vineman Ironman 70.3 Triathlon in 2006 and 2007 in Santa Rosa, CA. ... 3rd overall at the 2005 San Jose International Triathlon in San Jose, CA. ... 18th overall, 2nd American in the 2003 Duathlon U23 Elite World Championships in Alpharetta, GA. ...4th place at the 2003 U23 Elite Duathlon National Championships in Carlsbad, CA. ... Finished 2nd U23 Elite at the 2003 Pacific Grove International Triathlon in Pacific Grove, CA.
Collegiate: All-American finish in the 3000M steeplechase at the 2003 Division II NCAA National Championships. ... 2nd fastest all-time in this event for UC Davis. ...Finished 89th overall at the USATF Cross Country Club Nationals in Greensboro, NC. ... Personal bests include a 4:06 mile, 14:35 5k, 25:08 8K (cross country), pole vaulting over 16 feet, and sub 9 minute steeplechase.