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May252011

Charlie Futrell - Oldest Person to Finish a USA Triathlon-Sanctioned Duathlon

Hawaiian Energy Sports would like to congratulate Charlie Futrell for his record setting race last weekend. What an inspiration to us all. Congratulations, Charlie!

The following story is from the Orlando Sentinel:

When Charlie Futrell crossed the finish line at last weekend's Central Florida Duathlon Series in Clermont, he stepped into the USA Triathlon record books.

Futrell, 90, became the oldest male competitor to finish a USAT-sanctioned duathlon. He completed the race in a time of 2 hours, 9 minutes and 7 seconds. The race started at Waterfront Park with a 1-mile run, followed by a 10-mile bicycle lap around Lake Minneola and concluded with another 3-mile run.

"I guess you could say it [being the oldest competitor to finish a race] has been a goal of mine," Futrell said. "I have done 118 triathlons in my career. The first triathlon I did was back in 1985. This was actually the first duathlon I have done. I did it because I have a partial tear in my shoulder that would have bothered me to do the swim in the triathlon."

The triathlon version replaces the 1-mile run to begin the race with a 440-yard swim.

"I want to try to stay in the top shape so I can continue to compete in triathlons and duathlons," Futrell said. "I continue to set goals to keep me going. This year I want to run at least five 5K road races — I have already done two — and I want to do at least one duathlon or one triathlon every month. They keep me going."

He began doing triathlons when he was 65 years old and over the years he has competed in triathlons of varying distances, including the Ironman World Championship Triathlon in Hawaii. He has gone the distance (2.4-mile Pacific Ocean swim, 112-mile bicycle and a 26.2-mile run) in that race several times.

He has worn the title of world champion on several different occasions, including winning the 80-84 age division at the Triathlon World Championship in Edmonton, Alberta in 2001 when he completed the 1-mile swim, 24.8-mile bicycle and 6.2-mile run in 4:38:44. In 2005, he won 85-89 age division in the International Triathlon Union World Championship in Honolulu.

But, Futrell said all the awards and victories don't mean as much to him as what happened at the end of last weekend's race.

"A mother came up to me after the race with her four sons and she said she wanted her sons, all of whom are triathletes, to meet me," Futrell said. "She said to them, 'I don't want you to ever forget seeing this 90-year-old man who just finished a duathlon. That is incredible.'"

Orlando Sentinel

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