Triathlon Magazine Canada - - T1 -

BALICIA KAYE ORN IN SMITHERS, B.C., Ali­cia Kaye grew up in On­tario and, while she might rep­re­sent the U.S. th­ese days, we’ll keep think­ing of her as a Cana­dian – espe­cially as there might not be any other maple leaf-wear­ing rep­re­sen­ta­tives in the women’s field in Kona this Oc­to­ber. Kaye won her first “pro” race out­right at the age of 14 when she took the Oril­lia Triathlon, part of the Subaru Triathlon Se­ries. De­ter­mined to con­tinue her aca­demic stud­ies while rac­ing as an elite, Kaye re­sisted the urges of the na­tional team coaches to move to Vic­to­ria and did her un­der­grad­u­ate de­gree in Sud­bury, then com­pleted a mas­ters de­gree down in the U.S.

Mar­ried to Amer­i­can Olympian Jarrod Shoe­maker, SWIM BIKE RUN OTHER Kaye be­came an Amer­i­can cit­i­zen in the years lead­ing up to the 2012 games. While she didn’t make the U.S. team for Lon­don, she did be­come one of the dom­i­nant forces in non­draft­ing stan­dard-dis­tance races, win­ning the Life­time Triathlon Se­ries twice (2013 and 2014) and the Toy­ota Triple Crown in 2014. Over the last few years she’s grad­u­ally moved to long-dis­tance rac­ing, win­ning her first 70.3 race in Muskoka in 2014 and fin­ish­ing fifth at the Iron­man 70.3 World Cham­pi­onship in 2015. She made her Iron­man de­but with a third-place fin­ish at Iron­man Lake Placid last year and was 23rd in her first ap­pear­ance in Kona in 2016. We’ll see her in Kona again thanks to a fourth-place 9:04 fin­ish at Iron­man Texas in MAY.—TMC

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