Stanford Treeathlon 2023
Taking place in the beautiful Redwood City Marina, Stanford University's Treeathlon race was a blast this year. Our team traveled up to the Bay Area for the weekend and was greeted with chilly weather, off-and-on rain, and snowcapped mountains all around. Yet the weather had no effect on our athletes; each raced with ferocity and Triton spirit. Though the race directors made the decision to cancel the swim portion of the race, our Tritons were undeterred. Opting for a 1k run in place of the swim, the Treeathletes raced around the marina---rather than in it---to T1, where they donned cycling shoes and helmets and were on their way. Three cheers for no finicky wetsuits to deal with! In all, the race was a learning experience for all and we are grateful for the opportunity. We had 17 athletes compete in the classic race and 1 female athlete compete in the Draft Legal Race. Makenna Adams, sophomore, comments, "I was excited to do draft legal, until then I heard they cancelled the swim. Ruh-roh." Adams, whose favorite leg of the race is always the swim, braved the start line with vivid memories of cross country races suddenly flooding her vision. "I got ready to run, and then just went for it," she divulges. Unsurprisingly, Adams was not the only one reminded of previous athletic endeavors: Joan Green, a senior and former cross country and track star, shares, "I decided that I wanted to win the 1K. That was my goal." Pushing herself to her limits, Green came in second to T1. A noble feat! Rallied by flashbacks of her "former glory," Green took to the course with tenacity and magnificent speed. Soaring fearlessly over the puddle-soaked concrete, Green shares that she experienced what could be only be described as "getting air." Bold, daring, and inspiring, Green wowed us with her spectacular performance.