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While we read and hear a lot about the elite athletes who participate in our sport, what about the other 99 percent of us who are, well, just the average age-grouper triathlete, doing our best to enjoy the multisport lifestyle? We thought we’d feature one of our own top age-groupers and what better place to catch up with her than at the USAT Age Group National Championship in Tuscaloosa, Ala.


Cathy Pagani was very excited to participate in the national championship events because she had a bit of a home field advantage. Dr. Pagani is a professor at the University of Alabama. She is a department leader and teaches Chinese Art History. We caught up with her when she was volunteering at the Age Group National Championship.


“This is very exciting for the city of Tuscaloosa,” Pagani said as she took break from directing individuals on the bike course. She also serves as a faculty adviser to the university’s triathlon club. We asked her if any students or fellow faculty members were getting the triathlon bug. Pagani said several students have gained interest in the sport. She indicated that her next challenge would be to get more staff members on board.


After a long day of volunteering, Pagani raced in the Sprint National Championship. Home-field advantage or not, she raced well enough to qualify for Team USA and the ITU Sprint World Championship! Beyond the obvious excitement, Pagani was most excited that worlds would be held in Beijing and, being a Chinese Art History professor, has already indicated a willingness to prepare others for the culture and competition in Asia.


Well done, Dr. Pagani! Thanks for supporting the multisport lifestyle in our own backyard. And while we don’t expect triathlon to overtake that “other” popular sport on the Alabama campus (football), we look forward to your continued success and that of many others in 2011!

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