Carrie Lester celebrates at Challenge Roth

Carrie Lester is getting good at celebrating with a huge Erdinger Alkoholfrei - she's finished second at Challenge Roth the last two years.

| March 28, 2017 | PERSONALITY

Carrie Lester celebrates her runner-up finish at Challenge Roth in 2016.

Carrie Lester celebrates her runner-up finish at Challenge Roth in 2016.

Photo >Kevin Mackinnon

Brisbane, Australia's Carrie Lester was a sprinter through high school, competing at the 2000 Australian Olympic trials in the 100 and 200 m events. It wasn't until 2004, while working full time, that she took on her first triathlon. Five years later she won both the standard- and long-distance world championships, after which she turned pro and set her sights on half- and full-distance racing.

Over the years she's racked up some impressive wins, including Ironman Australia, Challenge Penticton (a couple of times), Embrunman, Ironman Chattanooga and, as you can see from this photo, a pair of runner-up finishes at Challenge Roth. She broke the nine-hour barrier in her first appearance at the huge German event and last year went a stunning 8:42:13.

Lester rounded out her 2016 season with an impressive 10th place finish in Kona in her first trip to the Big Island since 2010.

Photo >Kevin Mackinnon