Welcome back Pro Triathlete Molly Roohi from King George, Virginia, to the Luray Triathlon! Molly has competed twice before in the Luray Triathlon, including a First Place win in 2010 with a time of 1:27, and a 2nd place win in 2014 with a time of 1:23. This year she will again join a talented field of both elite and amateur athletes who will be competing for part of the $5,000 cash prize purse.
Interview with Molly Roohi
Q: Tell us about yourself.
A: I have been a runner for almost my entire life. When my husband completed Ironman Lake Placid in 2006, he suggested I take a break from marathons and try an Ironman. I thought he was crazy. He bought me a bike, taught me how to swim and two years later I did (and won!) my first half ironman. The rest is history… I’ve been teaching for ten years. I’ve taught every grade from kindergarten to fifth and I spent several years as a special education teacher. I am currently a Health and Physical Education teacher in Fredericksburg, VA.
Q: What keeps you inspired to continue to train for and participate in triathlons?
A: Sport is health. Sport is camaraderie. Sport is commitment. I truly believe sports like triathlon make you a better person inside and out. When you train and compete, suffering despair and disappointment or enjoying the elation of success, you become a more empathetic, sympathetic citizen. Sport has wonderful implications for one’s physicality, but more importantly it transforms us into coaches, supporters, leaders, and role models.
Q: How has your lifestyle changed since you did your first triathlon?
A: Triathlon has introduced me to some of the most wonderful people I will ever meet and taught me life lessons I won’t soon forget. Not only has triathlon changed my training, my sleep schedule, and how I spend my weekends, it has taught me the importance of patience, perseverance, and responsibility. Oh, and I wear a lot more spandex!
Q: What brings you back to Luray?
A: I really like the challenges that Luray throws at you. It’s a beautiful race venue with a lot of goodness packed into a short race!
Q: What are your goals for the Luray Triathlon?
A: My goal is to push myself to new limits (and hopefully place well in the process)!
Q: What advice would you give any aspiring triathletes?
A: We all have strengths and weaknesses. In a sport like triathlon it’s important to appreciate the gifts that others have while striving to cultivate your own talent. Fear or jealousy can paralyze you; focusing on the process will help you grow and consistency is key!
Q: What’s next for you after the Luray triathlon?
A: I have a half iron distance race in September and I’m toying with the idea of doing a late season full distance tri like Ironman Chattanooga or Ironman Cozumel.
Welcome Back and Good Luck, Molly, in Luray!
Luray Triathlon Race Director