Paratriathlon Gold Medalist Danielle McLaughlin and Triathlete Coach Ian Murray Co-Presenting at Sport Chalet Magic Mountain Man Triathlon (M3Tri) Free Clinic

September 20, 2011

Wednesday, September 21, 6:30 PM Sport Chalet | 13455 Maxella Ave | Marina del Rey, CA 90292

Irvine, CA – Danielle McLaughlin’s left foot was amputated when she was 17, after a recurrence of synovial sarcoma.  In April 2011, she completed her first triathlon.  In September 2011, she took home a Gold Medal from the Paratriathlon World Championships in Beijing, China.  On Wednesday, September 21, Danielle, along with esteemed triathlete coach Ian Murray, will talk to triathletes and aspiring triathletes at a Sport Chalet Magic Mountain Man Tri (M3Tri) free clinic at the Sport Chalet in Marina del Rey.

During the free clinic, Coach Ian Murray will offer his professional expertise on topics every athlete aims to improve from race to race, including:

Top Tips for Getting Faster: Speeding up your Swim, Bike, Run and Transitions: Coach Murray will offer his best tips for adding speed to your training program and improving race times.

Pulling It All Together (Pre-Race Nutrition & Preparation, Race Morning Rituals & Mental Tricks for Competition) and will answer questions such as: Do I taper or not? What do I eat the week prior and on race morning? How do I keep from getting so nervous? Listen to how the pros get through the lead up and race day on their way to a successful event


About Coach Ian Murray, USAT Level 3 Coach
Ian balances his passion for the sport between his own racing and his dedicated work with athletes. USA Triathlon named Ian the Developmental Coach of the Year for 2006 for his continued persistence of education and experience. His certifications include Level III USA Triathlon Certified Coach, National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM), Level II USA Cycling Coach, a masters swim coach, and is a F.I.S.T certified & level III Fit Kit certified bike fitter, as well as a USAC certified mechanic.

Danielle’s Journey to Gold
After the amputation, Danielle felt very lost without sports because she had played competitive soccer for most of her life and enjoyed running in her free time.  Slowly, she rehabilitated and was able to regain an active lifestyle.

Early this year, Danielle promised herself that she would race in her first triathlon by the end of the summer.  In April, she completed her first triathlon running on a walking prosthetic and cycling on a bike that was too big and from 1979. When she crossed the finish line, Danielle knew with the right equipment and training she could be a competitor in triathlons.  Not long after that revelation, she was awarded a grant for a running prosthetic from the Challenged Athletes Foundation.  The day she received the grant, she knew her life was about to change forever!  Danielle began training at TriFit Club & Studios with Coach Bernard Baski and registered to race at the Accenture USA Paratriathlon National Championships. In August, she raced at Nationals and took first place in her division. This qualified her to race at the ITU Beijing Paratriathlon World Championships in September. Danielle returned with a first place win and gold medal! She hopes to earn a spot on next year’s USA Paratriathlon National Team and eventually race at the Paralympics in 2016.  Danielle will compete in a relay team at this year’s Sport Chalet M3Tri on October 9th.

The Sport Chalet Magic Mountain Man Triathlon (M3Tri), is LA County’s only half Ironman distance* triathlon.  For the second year, Irvine-based race management company Renegade Racing teamed with title sponsor La Canada, CA retailer Sport Chalet to produce the event on Saturday and Sunday, October 8-9, 2011.  Now a two-day event, the weekend will include 5K and 10K runs on Saturday and an Olympic distance** triathlon on Sunday with the half Iron distance race. Triathletes will start with a swim at Castaic Lake and then bike through roads around the greater Castaic area before finishing back at the lake.  All runs will take place on the paths and trails looping around Castaic Lake.

The Challenged Athletes Foundation® (CAF) is the designated charity for the event.  A world leader in helping individuals with physical challenges get involved – and stay involved – in sports, CAF is offering a fundraising program as part of the Sport Chalet Magic Mountain Man Triathlon & Run.  Participants in the program receive additional benefits in exchange for meeting their fundraising minimums for their event, including race entry, pre-race dinner, CAF technical training shirt, race belt, water bottle, and more awesome swag to add to their race kit.  For more information, visit the CAF M3registration page.

Free Pre-Race Training Ride
Get ready for the race!  Renegade Racing is offering the final free pre-ride of the bike course on September 24th. The ride will start and finish at the Castaic Sports Complex and will allow participants the opportunity to try out and practice the full bike course of the M3Tri. Find complete details at www.magicmountainman.com.

Additional photos of 2010 event available upon request.

*Half Ironman distance triathlon, also Long Course (1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike, 13.1 mile run)
**Olympic distance triathlon (0.93 mile swim, 24.8 mile bike, 6.2 mile run)

Renegade Racing produces running, triathlon and adventure sports events throughout Southern California.