Tribal member Diane Smith finishes 12th at world duathlon event

11.12.2015 Dean Rhodes People

Tribal member Diane Smith of Hillsboro took 12th place in her age group, 45 to 49, at the ITU World Championships duathlon held Oct. 14-18 in Adelaide, Australia.

Smith finished 12th in her age group, 61st out of 182 women who participated and 340th out of 562 overall participants.

A duathlon requires athletes to run a 10K (6.2 miles), bike 40 kilometers (about 25 miles) and then run another 5K (3.1 miles) in one day. Smith’s event occurred on Oct. 18.

She finished with a cumulative time of 2 hours, 24 minutes and 2 seconds.

“It was a decent time,” Smith said, who had been dealing with a broken toe before the race that limited her ability to run.

She qualified for the international event during a national race held in Minneapolis, Minn.

Smith is the daughter of David and Patricia Lamboy and married to David Smith. “We call him Super Dave because he is a colon cancer survivor,” Smith said.

Smith said she started participating in duathlons in 2008 because she doesn’t like to swim, which ruled out triathlons. By doing so, she has lost 40 pounds and has had carotid artery disease taken off her medical chart.