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SRPMIC Member Competes in Anthem Sprint Triathlon, Eyes Ironman Arizona

(Right) Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community member and Community sponsored athlete for November's Ironman Arizona Rueben Malin with his third place medal on August 26. Malin placed third in his age group, 25-29, in the Anthem Sprint Triathlon in preparation for the Ironman race.

Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community member Rueben Malin just wanted to make sure he completed his first triathlon attempt.

He did. Malin, 27, not only finished the Anthem Sprint Triathlon on August 26, he placed third in his age group (25 to 29).

“I didn’t know what to really expect, this being my first triathlon,” he said. “Getting third was a big accomplishment. It boosted my confidence, even if I didn’t get my time.”

Malin completed the reverse triathlon in 1:29:03, a little longer than he hoped. He placed 62nd overall out of the 129 participants to complete the multiple-stage race. A triathlon involves swimming, cycling and running. In the Anthem event, Malin ran a 5K, biked 20K and swam 16 laps for 400 yards in a pool.

The water portion was Malin’s top concern going into the race.

“I felt like my swim was weak; now it feels like I just got that much better,” he said. “When I finished, I was excited. I wasn’t tired. I was ready to go again.”

Oh, and he will. Malin is the Community-sponsored athlete for this year’s Ironman Arizona triathlon, set for November 19 in Tempe. He said he plans to compete in a second triathlon in Tempe this month before narrowing his training focus to November’s Ironman. As always, a portion of the cycling leg will take place along Community roads.

For details on Malin’s preparation for Ironman Arizona and other Community members participating in the big race, check upcoming issues of Au-Authm Action News.