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We Did It!

There is a story behind every first triathlon.  Yes, there are some good stories about standing on the edge of the pool or on the shore of a lake or other body of water wondering how in the world you ...

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RAMBLIN’ ROSE ATHLETE PROFILE – Tatiana Haas-Castro

“The women who participated came in all sizes, ages, colors and abilities.” Tatiana Haas-Castro, 49 | Clayton, NC Well, October 5th was a big day for me. I competed in the Ramblin’ Rose triathlon as part of the “Fantabulous Trio” relay ...

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RAMBLIN’ ROSE ATHLETE PROFILE – Valerie Komives

My good friend Kim Ray and I celebrating our first triathlon! “The Tuesday night clinics at the UNC Wellness Center at Meadowmont in September really helped remove some of my stage fright.” Valerie Komives, 52 Chapel Hill, NC When I ...

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“179”

Approaching the finish with my friend, Julie Wesner, and husband, David Peet. Photo by Tamara Lackey So excited to see that Ramblin’ Rose medal…we worked hard for it! Photo by Tamara Lackey A moment and feeling I will never, ever ...

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RAMBLIN’ ROSE ATHLETE PROFILE – Angelina Stevenson

“Whether you finish first or last, you leave with a feeling of major accomplishment!” Angelina Stevenson, 46 | Charlotte, NC Wow! It’s been two years since my first Ramblin’ Rose.  How time flies when you are having fun!!  After hearing so ...

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RAMBLIN’ ROSE ATHLETE PROFILE – Martha Butler

“I am so proud of myself because I have accomplished something that I never gave any thought to when I was young.” Martha Butler, 67 | Pinehurst, NC I am  a triathlete.  I have participated in four Ramblin’ Rose events from ...

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Amy’s Story (Proof Miracles Happen)

My name is Amy Jones.  September 2009  I went into cardiac arrest; while 9 months pregnant.  I was diagnosed with PPCM (Peripartum Cardiomyopathy); a rare pregnancy related heart failure. Many emotional words were spoken:  My wife’s not breathing, she’s already ...

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Anna’s Ramblin’ Rose Story

I often told myself I would never compete in a triathlon. “They’re not for me”, “I could never finish one” – these were my exact thoughts.!   However, in May 2013 my best friend, Kira and I watched her sister, ...

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Nicole Mcconnell, 33: Spanish Teacher – Matthews, NC

‘The best thing about Ramblin’ Rose is that there is no ‘type.’ There are so many real women of all shapes, sizes, ethnicities, backgrounds and ages.” This is my third Ramblin’ Rose race and my boys have never seen me ...

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Hilary Sheaves, 33: Crime Scene Investigator – Durham, NC

“Prior to the race, I only saw my limitations, but now, having set a goal and finished the race, I only see my potential.” The women who enter this race are regular women doing great things. Not only are they ...

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