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Taking the Show on the Road

By Jenn Scudiero | July 09, 2014, 12 a.m. (ET)

Running has always been part of my life. In high school, I joined the track and cross country teams. I played rugby in college and ran on my own throughout. I began running more seriously, including racing, after graduation. The year I graduated college I ran my first marathon, and then another, and another. Seven marathons later I was getting a little burned out. Running was still my passion, but I needed to add in something else to break it up a bit. That’s when my husband got me back on a bike. It made me feel like a kid again!

Jenn Scudiero
Photo by: James Wood
Jenn Scudiero (Eagan, Minn.) was named the overall 2013 female USA Triathlon Duathlete of the Year.

In 2007 I decided to combine my passion of running with my newfound passion of biking and compete in a duathlon. I chose an all-women’s duathlon, Iron Girl, as it seemed a bit less scary at the time. I instantly loved the challenge and camaraderie! I continued to race Iron Girl as well as local running races for a few more years. In 2010, I decided to focus more on duathlon. I added a few more to my racing schedule and haven’t looked back. It has become a part of my life. At the end of 2010, I became pregnant with my daughter. I ran through pregnancy, even running events until 36 weeks pregnant. I resumed duathlon racing again in 2012. I had some bumps and challenges figuring out how to train with a full-time job and an infant, but I was determined. Trying to get my body and mind ready for racing was very difficult. But I raced every duathlon Minnesota had to offer. It was a fun and very challenging year! It was also the year I decided I’d love to take it on the road. In 2013 I did just that.

Go big or go home, right? I guess that was my thought when I decided that the first time I’d travel for duathlon would be for the World Championships. The Apple duathlon in Minnesota was lucky enough to be chosen as one of the qualifying races for the World Championships in Ottawa, Canada. That meant I didn’t need to travel to qualify. I qualified and competed in Ottawa at the World Championships, where I took 13th female overall. I also raced in 12 other duathlons last year, including a trip to the National Championships in Tucson, Arizona, where I took first female overall. 2013 was an incredible year of racing for me. The National Championship was the last race of my season and I came home over the moon. I was addicted before, but now I can’t decide which it is; travel to race, or race to travel?

This year has been a bit challenging. I was injured not long after returning from Tucson. This made the decision to not travel this year a fairly easy one. I was fighting injury most of the winter and have been focusing on getting back ever since. It has been a balancing act between healing, training and racing but it doesn’t take away from the draw of the sport. I love racing, not just for the challenge, but for all the amazing people you meet.

St. Paul, Minnesota, will host the 2014 Duathlon National Championships this summer, and I could not be more excited to race the National Championships in my home state! I hope to hit the road again next year for the World Championships in Australia. Along with my fellow Minnesota duathletes, I can't wait to welcome everyone to our state for what will surely be a great race.

For more info or to register for the race, visit the 2014 USA Triathlon Duathlon National Championships event page. Registration closes on July 11 at 11:59 p.m. MT.