Triath­lete graces mag­a­zine cover

Austin American-Statesman - - HEALTHY LIVING -

Check out the lat­est edi­tion of Run­ner’s World Mag­a­zine.

Austin’s own De­sirée Ficker, a pro­fes­sional triath­lete who in April be­came the first woman ever to win the States­man Capi­tol 10,000 three years in a row, looks su­per buff run­ning across the cover of the Au­gust is­sue, which is de­voted to half marathons.

Ficker is best known for her sec­ond-place fin­ish at the Iron­man World Cham­pi­onships in Kona, Hawaii in 2006, where she set a per­sonal best time of 9 hours and 24 min­utes. The fol­low­ing year she came in sec­ond at the Austin Marathon, and in 2009 she placed 10th at the ING New York City Marathon.

The cover shot isn’t the first for Ficker, who also ap­peared on the Run­ner’s World cover in 2007. She’s also been fea­tured on the cover of a (kind of racy!) is­sue of In­side Triathlon, Triath­lete mag­a­zine and a host of smaller pub­li­ca­tions.

Ficker says she hasn’t seen the cover yet, but the Santa Bar­bara shoot was fun.

“It takes a sur­pris­ing amount of run­ning to get one sin­gle shot!” she said.

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