Jarrod Shoemaker goes long

2008 Olympian and 2009 world duathlon champion Jarrod Shoemaker chats about his move to long-distance racing as he prepares for Ironman Texas.

| April 17, 2017 | PERSONALITY

Photo >Kevin Mackinnon

A cross country and track runner at Dartmouth University, Jarrod Shoemaker started competing in triathlon races in 2004. Within a year he was the U23 world champion and four years later he lined up for the United States at the Olympic Games. He won the 2009 world duathlon title, too.

Last year Shoemaker moved up to long-distance racing, joining his wife, Alicia Kaye, in pursuit half- and full-distance racing. A pair of flat tires marred his Ironman debut in Cozumel last year, but a full winter of distance training and, hopefully, better luck will make Texas an improved experience.

We caught up with Shoemaker at his home in Clermont, Florida a few weeks out from the Ironman North American Championship in Texas.