Best of the Southwest – Elite Spotlight – Emma Garrard

By Rachel Sears Casanta | March 24, 2010, 8:09 p.m. (ET)

Xterra triathlete Emma Garrard is this month's Southwest Region's "Best of the Southwest" featured elite athlete.  Emma recently laced up her racing flats and posted a 46:45 for 12k at the Emerald Across the Bay 12k in San Francisco on March 21st. Look for Emma to rip it up on both the Xterra and Ironman 70.3 circuit this season. Check out Emma’s website and blog at:


Name: Emma Garrard

Residence: Truckee, CA
Hometown: Anchorage, AK
DOB: 6/11/81

University/College: University of Nevada, Reno
Degree: Photography/Journalism
Occupation: Photographer/Journalist

Coach: Gary Mandy

Sponsors: USAT Trade Team, Speedo, Zipp, Blue Competition Cycles, Rudy Project, USAT Wetsuits, Training Peaks, Dr. Sears Zone, Inov-8 trail shoes, Tahoe Ticker.

Athletic Background: Soccer, tennis, cross-country skiing, cross-country running
Years Elite: 2
Years in Triathlon: 4
1st Triathlon: Gold Nugget Women's triathlon, Anchorage, AK

Favorite Quote: "Only boring people get bored."

Biggest Influence/Mentor: Friends and family who support me I would not be able to do this without them.
Most Significant Obstacle Overcome: Injuries and the finances of being a starving pro triathlete

Favorite Race in Southwest Region (CA, NV, AZ): XTERRA Lake Tahoe, XTERRA Tahoe City

Favorite Place to Train in Southwest Region: Truckee, California

Favorite Swim/Bike/Run workout? Long mountain bike rides. Open water swimming in Lake Tahoe.

Something unique/special/unusual about her: I do a lot of my training with my 3 yr old border collie who loves to go on long mountain bike rides.