CLERMONT– Alicia Kaye, a 31-year-old Clermont triathlete, won the female professional division at the 2014 Panasonic New York City Triathlon on Aug. 3, competing among nearly 4,000 athletes.
“I am extremely pleased to have won the NYC Triathlon and to retain my lead of the Lifetime Fitness Triathlon Series,” Kaye said. “The competition and course were tough, but I felt that my early season training in Clermont helped give me the foundation that I needed to be strong on the variety of courses that we face on the Lifetime circuit. It feels great to win and I am looking forward to the next event in Chicago.”
The race included swimming almost a mile in the Hudson River, biking nearly 25 miles on the Henry Hudson Parkway and running more than six miles in Central Park.
Kaye, who grew up in Canada, began participating in triathlons when she was just 11 years old and turned professional by age 14. She and her fellow triathlete husband Jarrod Shoemaker moved from Massachusetts to Clermont in 2010. Since meeting Shoemaker, Kaye has been racing for the United States and also completed her master’s degree in Athletic Counseling. Kaye also works as a mental trainer and runs her own skincare company, Endurance Shield.
Sara McLarty, also of Clermont, came in seventh among women during the race, giving South Lake County bragging rights to two of the top 10 female triathletes at the NYC triathlon.
The Road Runners Club of America (RRCA) recently named South Lake as a “Runner Friendly Community.” The designation was given to only four communities nationwide last year. According to the RRCA, the winning communities have “an infrastructure that can foster physical activity in a safe environment; a proven track record that organizations and businesses work together to promote running as a healthy exercise and sport; and there are positive relationships between the running community and local government.”
To learn more about why Lake County is the ideal location for sporting events, log on to www.SportsInLakeFL.com or contact a member of the Lake County Economic Development & Tourism team at 352-742-3918.