Amparo started training with Fleet Feet Knoxville in a fashion similar to many others. She wanted to get better at running and was ready to make a commitment. Her running experience soon extended from 5K distance to longer events such as 10k's and half marathons.
One goal still eluded her: the triathlon and its dreaded swim. Amparo was not a strong swimmer and outdoor biking made her nervous. If you know Amparo, you know she is a “go getter” and these “little” challenges were not going to derail her. She worked hard both in the pool and on the bike and finally got her wish alongside her training peeps when she crossed the finish line of her first sprint triathlon in August of 2011. At age 50, she finished the 200Y swim in 10:23, the 9M bike in 34:57 and the 2.4M run in 35:10. She may not have finished near the front but in my mind, she led the entire race. READ MORE