Sears Casanta wins Aflac Irongirl Syracuse Triathlon



There’s no place like home. Hypercat Racing coach and professional triathlete Rachel Sears Casanta returned to her home state of New York to compete in the first Aflac Irongirl Triathlon on July 26, 2009.  The all women event welcomed nearly five hundred registered participants to the race venue at a Oneida Shores in Brewerton, New York (north of Syracuse).  Casanta won the 800m swim, 30k bike and 5k run in 1:20:19. Julie Rosa of LaFayette finished 2nd in 1:23:32 and Jaime Stitt crossed the line in 3rd in 1:24:53.

Coach with her first Coach!

Coach with her first Coach!

Casanta, born in Syracuse, NY, spent her formative years running on the same roads of the Irongirl race course.  The 5k run overlapped the route she ran many times as teen participating in Oneida Shores Fun Runs sponsored by the Syracuse Chargers track club.  The nostalgia of returning to Oneida Shore was made extra special by the presence of  Casanta’s first running coach, Kelly Schulz.  Schulz coached Casanta when she was a cross country runner at Millard Hawk Junior High in Central Square, NY.  Schulz and Casanta got reacquainted at a pre-race course talk where Casanta offered advice to Irongirl competitors, many of whom would be tackling their very first triathlon event. 

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=>Read Rachel’s Aflac Irongirl Race Report here.<=


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