Female triathlon champion praises other women for having the guts to compete

Dave Kearsey dkearsey@thewesternstar.com
Published on August 3, 2014

CORNER BROOK  Sue Rodgers was all smiles after winning the women’s crown at the 2014 Marble RV Corner Brook Triathlon, but it was the presence of other females on the course that gave her the most satisfaction on a hot Sunday afternoon.

Rodgers won the women’s title with a final clocking of 2:33:09.03, which was good enough for eighth spot overall in a field of 18 in the main event of the day.

She was happy to see so many women on the course, especially so many females of all ages and backgrounds making their debut on the triathlon scene.

“To me, this is such a great sport for women. We all enjoy it, we love the events, but we were scared to race,” Rodgers said after the race. “So, seeing that many women out there ripping it up was just awesome.”

Rodgers thought it was a great race, but like so many others on the course, the run proved to be a challenge with so many hills to be conquored.

“You’ve kind of sold your legs on the bike ride,” she said.

The run portion of the race proved to be another epic battle between herself and Mark Tierney, who finished in sixth spot overall when he crossed the finish line in 2:29:19.5.

“We like to chase the guts out of each other every time we race,” she said of her challenge from Tierney on the run. “We were fighting it out, but he taught me a few lessons. That’s alright we can all learn something from Mark Tierney.”

One of the young females new to the triathlon scene this year was Heidi Perry, a 13-year-old member of the Corner Brook Rapids Swim Team.

Perry, daughter of Tracy Hogan and Rob Perry, posted a final time of 1:21:50.6 to be the first female across the line in the short course triahtlon event.

Rodger’s face lit up when the Star reporter informed her of Perry’s performance.

“See that’s awesome. That’s the kind of thing,” she said of her love for the sport.

Triathlon is dear to Rodgers and she looks forward to the race every year.

“I love this event. This is better than Christmas. Bring it on,” she said.

Now, she hopes the newbies will be motivated to come back again next year so they can really get a sense of how great triathlon can be for those who embrace it as a lifestyle endeavour.

Perry was getting her feet wet for the first time, but she has every intention of doing it again because she enjoyed the race.

Making the waves in the pool since she was a toddler and introduced to running in elementary school, her mom suggested she take up cycling and she did so she was ready to take on a triathlon challenge.

She found the run to be very difficult, but was pleased she got the job done.

“I was pretty impressed. I was just kind of going out to try and see how I did because it was my first one but it was good,” she said of her fourth-place finish overall.