LMU alumni Drew Haberkorn competes in ITU World Triathlon Championship in Gold Coast, Australia

Oct. 1, 2009

Los Angeles, CA - Former LMU cross country and track runner Drew Haberkorn (07') recently returned from Gold Coast, Australia where he represented the United States in the World Triathlete competition. For his age group, Haberkorn came in 11th overall out of 107 athletes completing the swim, cycle and run in 1:57:20, just three minutes and twenty-four seconds off the overall winner.

Haberkorn swam competitively in high school and ran Cross Country and Track for LMU; after graduating from LMU in 2007 he found the triathlon a natural fit and started racing them competitively. After placing 9th at the USAT Age Group National Championships last September in Portland OR, Haberkorn qualified for the ITU world championships in Australia. The world championships course in Australia is an Olympic distance course with a 1500m non-wetsuit ocean swim, 40k of cycling and 10k run. Haberkorn was in great company of former Olympians and world champions while representing the USA and competing with the spirit of a true Lion.

LMU caught up with Drew Haberkorn about his experience travelling to Australia and the race:

How was it traveling abroad to compete on an international scale? It was an amazing experience and an honor to travel and race while representing the USA. It was crazy to be at a race where everyone competes at such a high level, but really motivating at the same time. Racing for the USA really gave me some extra motivation to push through the pain. I'd draw the comparison to always pushing yourself a little harder to beat someone from USF or Santa Clara...if they are in reach, you have to beat them. It was the same sort of mentality, but you are chasing countries...pretty cool and fun.

Briefly describe your race: The swim was brutal. Our wave consisted of 110 guys and everyone was fast. Because of this, there was never a point where you could get out into open water and away from the contact unless you were really fast. Once I started the bike leg of the race, my legs felt tired and sore. I was worried I was in for a long day. But, after about 6k my legs warmed up and from that point on I felt great on the bike. The course was really crowded and it led to a lot of crashes on the day. I actually was involved in one of them as a competitor form New Zealand crashed and took out about 5 other riders. I was unharmed by the crash (I went over my handlebars and landed on another racer) and was able to get back on my bike and finish in pretty quick time. Once I got out on the run I felt pretty good I was able to catch a lot of people on the run and ended up with a 35:07 split for the 10k. This was my strongest leg of the race for sure...gotta give Coach G some credit there!

 

 

Any highlights from your travels? It was amazing to meet all of the people from different countries at the race and during our travels. We found a local Italian restaurant in Gold Coast that was owned by an Italian family, the food was so amazing and authentic. We went there as soon as the race was over to have Pizza since I was trying to eat healthy and only had pasta there before the race. We also happened to be in Melbourne during the Preliminary Finals of the AFL (Australian Rules Football) and went to a game. There were 90,000 fans there and they were all going crazy - they really love that sport.

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