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Why Do You “Du the Du”?

By USA Triathlon | March 29, 2019, 10:36 a.m. (ET)

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We asked duathletes across the country what they love most about the unique discipline of run-bike-run. Here's what they had to say.

Duathlons are an adrenaline rush. Your heart rate is in the red the minute the race starts until you cross the finish line.” — Keith Marshall (Atlanta, Ga.)

“I enjoy the challenge of pushing my limits but having to keep a little in reserve so that you can max yourself out again on both the bike and the second run.” — Jay Gibson (Beaufort, S.C.)



“I love the second run!” — Shanna Ferrell (Keller, Texas)

“Gives me a chance to race again even with a bad wing. Love the challenge!” — Kevin Kinder (Copley, Ohio)

“Being behind on the bike and making it up on the run!” — Renae Werbish (East Lansing, Mich.)



“Duathlon is so much more than a run-bike-run; it’s a mental game against yourself! Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose the mental battle!” — Karoline Muehlfellner-Baier (Dunedin, Fla.)

“Being able to focus training on two disciplines rather than three.” — John Howard (Denison, Texas)

“I love that feeling of a great first leg and the adrenaline of the second leg to the finish.” — Jessica Zamora (Houston, Texas)



“Running and biking can be very similar in nature, making the athlete pool highly competitive and the race challenging. If I can make it through that, I feel amazing.” — Jill Glasgow (Roanoke, Va.)

“Running twice, of course!” — Derek Stone (Nashville, Tenn.)

Want to try your hand at a duathlon? Register today for the USA Triathlon Duathlon National Championships, set for May 30-31 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. No qualification is required to compete. For more information and to sign up today, visit here