Sara Madden

Sara ran her first 5k ever in 2001. She would have remained a runner, but when given the option to race the Lavaman Olympic Tri in 2009, or be towel girl to her husband Jeremiah, she chose to “tri”

Why she is LOCO:   After training for that first triathlon almost entirely indoors, Sara learned how to clip in and out of her pedals on a ride … three days before the Lavaman triathlon!  She managed to survive Lavaman, and went on to do her first Half Iron less than 4 months later.  Since then Sara has raced dozens of triathlons and road races every year, including Ironman Lake Placid in 2011, 2013 and 2014!  Her race highlights include:

  • 1stPlace in 30-39 Age Group (2012 Sky High Super Olympic)
  • 2nd Place Overall female (2013 Mac-a-athon 10k, Honaunau, HI)
  • 1st Place Overall female (2014 Oak Mountain 10k Trail Run)
  • Qualifying for USAT Nationals at the 2015 Quassy Olympic Tri
  • Qualifying for the Boston Marathon at the Philadelphia Marathon, and finishing Boston in April 2014!

Goals in the Sport:  Be a healthy, strong athlete! Qualify for Boston and run the marathon again. Complete the SOS tri, the Goofy Challenge in Disney World, an ultra marathon, and a trail marathon!

Favorite Post Race Food:
When my Mom comes to my races, she always has Lime Tostitos waiting for me at the Finish Line! So that, and pizza!

Favorite Song to Train to:  My playlist is always getting updated with everything from country music to Bon Jovi, but my Mandisa songs are permanently on there! Especially “Overcomer” and “Stronger”!

Words to Live By:  Live aloha!  And “Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure… than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much, because they live in a gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat” Theodore Roosevelt 

My favorite race mantras are “Head up, heart open” and “Don’t quit, don’t give in, you’re an overcomer” and “I can do everything through Him who give me strength” Phil 4:13          

What does Train Hard, Race Smart & Give Back mean to you:  Becoming an Ironman has taught me that NOTHING is iMpossible! I hope that in my training and racing I can inspire others to believe that they can do anything and to push beyond their limits!