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Swim4Purpose: Doug Saar

Name: Douglas Smith
Nickname: Doug
Location: Ellicott City , MD
Age Group: Male 50 - 54
About Me: Trying to get back into shape after a few years of too many excuses. I first got interested in Triathlon during college in the '80s but never did a tri. Then in 1999 there was a sprint on a military base in Japan (was living there at the time) that I got signed up for and practiced for and did on a mountain bike! It took a few years before I heard of and started training with "Team Jet" in Hawaii, and I've been hooked ever since. I quickly advanced from Sprint up to 1/2 IM distance, and was lucky to participate in the First "Ironman Revisited" on Oahu in 2002. We retraced the course of the very first Ironman races there, and raised funds for the Challenges Athletes Foundation (CAF).
I've been forever inspired by friends like Chet "the Jet" Blanton, and Tom Knoll (one of the 15 original Ironman participants). Google them, or read Tom's book, "Why not a million?" -- he has done some amazing things - all for charity.
I've been extremely lucky to have been coached by some excellent coaches at all three disciplines, and the greatest lesson of all is probably the lifetime motto of the late Coach Scott Roy, "Enjoy The Journey" -Google "Team Blaze Spokane" for more information on Scott.
My next big adventure will be "Tour de Sasebo IV" a 750-mile 5~6 day bike ride across the bottom 1/2 of Japan, basically from Tokyo to Nagasaki --It's a LIVESTRONG fundraiser, so look for our page on Facebook.
It's great to back in training with all our new friends in the MMTC!

Race Summary

Race Type # Done PR Race PR
Run - 10 mile 2 Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run (Apr 7, 2013) 1:09:32
Duathlon - International Distance 1 2Xrip (Jul 15, 2012) 2:03:41
Triathlon - Sprint 1 Celebration Sprint Triathlon (Jun 23, 2013) 1:32:00
Triathlon - Half Ironman 1 Eagleman Ironman 70.3 (Jun 10, 2012) 5:46:40
Triathlon - Ironman 1 Ironman Lake Placid (Jul 28, 2013) 11:00:24

Race Schedule

Date Name Type Results
Time O.A. A.G.
Jun 10, 2012 Eagleman Ironman 70.3 Triathlon - Half Ironman View
5:46:40 784 / 1819 55 / 140
Jul 15, 2012 2Xrip Duathlon - International Distance View
2:03:41 26 / 306 1 / 24
Apr 7, 2013 Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run Run - 10 mile View
1:09:32 690 / 17 27 / 535
Jun 23, 2013 Celebration Sprint Triathlon Triathlon - Sprint View
1:32:00 1 / 24
Jul 28, 2013 Ironman Lake Placid Triathlon - Ironman View
11:00:24 250 / 2536 10 / 223
Aug 24, 2013 24 Hours of Booty Bike - Other None
Oct 5, 2013 Ragnar Relay - Washington, DC Run - Other None
Apr 6, 2014 Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run Run - 10 mile None
May 18, 2014 Columbia Triathlon Triathlon - International Distance None
Jun 1, 2014 Ironman 70.3 Raleigh Triathlon - Half Ironman None
Jul 13, 2014 Maryland Olympic Duathlon Duathlon - International Distance None