Former NHL all-star Zdeno Chara competed in his first long-distance triathlon recently at CLASH Daytona, winning the men’s 40+ Clydesdale category thanks to his 5:03:45 finishing time. Chara played 1,680 games in the NHL, the most for a defenseman and the 46-year-old has now turned his sights on marathon and triathlon racing.
The December 1-3 event took place at the Daytona International Speedway, known as the World Center of racing and CLASH Endurance, providing more than 3,300 athletes, ranging in age from 7 to 84, a weekend full of fun and competition and played host to the USA Triathlon Long Course Multisport Championship.
The weekend events consisted of a total of ten different races including short and long-distance triathlons, duathlons for adults and kids, along with two new cycling concepts, ‘Test Track’ for non-competitive riders and Redline Relay, for age group cycling teams ready to utilize the famed NASCAR pits. Athletes and their support crews also had the opportunity to fully immerse themselves in the festival-style weekend as areas within the speedway were open to RVs and camping. Weather conditions proved nearly ideal for those that traveled in from more than 45 states and 25 countries with sunny skies and an average temperature of 75 degrees Fahrenheit. Water temperatures were at 67 degrees and wetsuit legal within Lake Lloyd, the body of water located inside the iconic speedway venue.
The USA Triathlon Long Course Championship event saw nearly 1,000 athletes challenging themselves not only for bragging rights but also qualifying spots. Household names and those known within the sport as well as those of incredible inspiration lined up at the start today including:
Olympian and NHL Superstar known for his success as multi-year Captain of The Boston Bruins, Zdeno Chara solidified his ongoing endurance performance roster with a finish time of 5:03:45 and captured the first place spot, thus becoming USA Triathlon Long Course winner in the Clydesdale division. Chara raced in honor of The Hoyt Foundation.
Victoria Brumfield, CEO of USA Triathlon, the sport’s governing body, completed a stellar swim/bike/run race today with a finish at 6:04:32.
Adaptive multisport, Trent Fielder was acutely paralyzed by a neuromuscular disease and told he had months to live back in 2020. Enduring years of intense therapy and hard work, Fielder raced today in support of wounded veterans and first responders and his non-profit called TriHOPE.
Chris Nikic, the first athlete with Down Syndrome to complete an IRONMAN Triathlon in 2020, participated in the non-competitive Test Track event with friends/family yesterday.