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TRIng Moms (Photo: Scott Eastman)
More than 25 women traveled to the Austin area together to compete in their first triathlon, the Spa Girls Triathlon, Lost Pines, which consisted of a 350m swim, 10-mile hilly bike ride and a 2-mile run. The group informally formed after a number of the moms were inspired to attempt a triathlon after watching their children successfully complete the Houston Texans Kids Triathlon in the spring. From there, the idea spread quickly, with people encouraging friends and neighbors to sign up for the race. They nicknamed themselves “TRIng Moms” and supported each other in training and on race day. Women who participated include Kati Davis, Meg Groesbeck, Laura Eastman, Kristi Pewthers, Christine Waddill, Laura Loftis, Mackenzie Knape, Kerah Winkler, Tammy Parker, Margaret Flippen, Leila-Scott Price, Libby Bergman, Paulette Norman, Faida Ngumbu, Amanda Sorena, Marcia Moore, Laura Gee, Chrissy Pichot, Amelia Caraballo, Melanie Roberts, Lacey Schmidt, Vickie Loftis, Lu Berry, Annie Stafford and Tiffani Sealock. Between them they have more than 50 children who attend Kolter Elementary, Horn Elementary, Condit Elementary, Parker Elementary, Mandarin Immersion Magnet School, Pin Oak Middle, Meyerland Middle, Tanglewood Middle, Trafton, St. Thomas Episcopal and St. Johns School. Many members of the group have already signed up for Spa Girl 2020, and they’re looking for a race to compete in this spring.
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