This is incredible.  Kentucky Wesleyan College's John Gleason recently competed in the 2013 USA Duathlon National Championship in Tuscon, Arizona.  In a field of approximately 800 competitors, John finished a staggering 9th and earned himself a spot on Team USA for the upcoming World Championships!

John is a graduate of Apollo High School where he ran cross country and track under coaches Bo Phelan and Charlie Shoulta.  Since that time, he has taken up the sport of duathlon which, according to John, is "a form of triathlon, excluding the swim.  Duathlon is a run, bike, then another run."  At the National Championships, John ran a 5K . . .

Photo by Robert Gleason Jr.

He then biked a 35K . . .

Photo by Robert Gleason Jr.

And then ran another 5K.  John was 3rd in his age group (20 to 24) and was 9th place overall.  And that incredible finish earned him Team USA honors.  And he'll represent our country next May/June in the World Championships in Spain.

Congratulations, John and we wish you all the best in training and in your future competitions!

John, by the way, is sponsored by: Hammer (his grandfather), Breck's Bike Shop (where he works part-time), Grover Cox Law Office (in Louisville, KY), KWC, KWC Business School, and Specialized Bicycles.

He also credits his faith, his church (Settle Memorial Church) and says "this experience could not have been possible, without God or my parents and friends!"

**special shout-out as well to Evansville's Shane Thread, who, at the age of 50, finished 10th overall.***