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Truckee’s Raleigh Harris captures title at Ironman world championships

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Truckee resident Raeleigh Harris competes in the biking portion of the 2016 Ironman 70.3 World Championships.
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TRUCKEE, Calif. — A year ago, the 2015 Lake Tahoe Ironman 70.3 saw Truckee resident Raeleigh Harris, triathlete and Director of ETPA (Elite Triathlon Performance America), finish as the second female overall and qualify for the 2016 Ironman 70.3 World Championships.

Almost a year later, Harris would find herself racing against the best from around the globe at the 70.3 Worlds in Mooloolaba, Australia.

This being Harris’ third World Championship, finishing just off the podium with sixth and seventh in previous years, she was determined to do what it takes to make it.

This year was to be her best yet, crushing the competition by over three minutes to take the title of world champion in the 45-49 year category.

“Living, racing and training in a world class setting like Truckee was exactly what I needed to race harder and race smarter than I ever have,” Harris said. “The physical prep living at altitude and in such a challenging environment meant I was the last one standing on race day, and my mental prep was unbreakable — I wanted to win, I wanted to be the strongest out there, and it was something I will never forget.”

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