ALICIA KAYE’S KIT
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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