Release courtesy of Cazenovia Athletics
CAZENOVIA, N.Y. – Cazenovia College Cross Country and Swimming and Diving head coach, Bill Houser, completed his lifelong dream of qualifying for the IRONMAN World Championships. With a finishing time of 04:42:34 in the IRONMAN 70.3 Atlantic City on September 15, Houser bested a field of over 2,500 competitors to finish eighth in his age bracket and 42nd overall, securing a spot in the 2020 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championships in Taupō, New Zealand. The top 2,500 male and female triathletes in the world qualify for the World Championships.
"I have always dreamt of qualifying for the world championships and I have made several attempts in the past to no avail," said Houser. "For those that know me, I am not a person that gives up on things or my dreams; I do not give up on people, and I certainly do not give up on myself."
Houser, an avid tri-athlete, began competing in 2006 and, to date, has completed just over 45 triathlons of varying distances, including multiple finishes in one of the hardest IRONMAN races in the world, the Ironman Lake Placid (2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike, 26.2-mile run). Houser compliments a consistent training regimen for his success as a competitive tri-athlete, "I ride to work every day that I can, run or swim at lunch, and will occasionally ride or run with friends." In total Houser trains approximately 15-20 hours per week.
It will be the first time the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship has been held in New Zealand, Taupō. The race will take place on November 29, 2020 and will feature a swim in one of the world's largest fresh water lakes, a bike course through New Zealand's renowned rural landscape and a run course which takes in views of the lake front that will be lined with spectator and local support according to the IRONMAN World Championship press release.
Preparations are already underway for Houser, who after making travel arrangements plans to focus on strength training and his running split times ahead of the 2020 World Championships.
- IRONMAN World Championship Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=1&v=u_DAZ5sjheo
- IRONMAN World Championship Website: https://www.ironman.com/triathlon/events/asiapac/ironman-70.3/70.3-world-championship-taupo.aspx#axzz5zzLkqsI5
IRONMAN Atlantic City Split Times – B. HOUSER
SWIM (1.2 Miles) – 29:50
BIKE (56 Miles) – 2:17.19
RUN (13.1 Miles) – 1:47.17