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Up close with Kevin Collington

Written by: Timothy Carlson
Added: Sat Jul 27 2013

Kevin Collington showed promise with his win at the 2007 USA Triathlon Collegiate Nationals for the University of Florida Gators. He held his own in 2010 when he advanced to the elite ranks and placed 5th American and 63rd overall in the 2010 ITU World Championship Series, took the runner-up slot at the 2010 Chicago Triathlon and 8th at the Ironman 70.3 World Championship. In 2011, he was 5th at the New York City Triathlon and in 2012, a 5th at Rev3 Anderson (SC) and a 3rd at Timberman 70.3 indicated that his future would likely be at the middle distances.

At the beginning of the 2013 season, Collington decided to leave the haven of the USA Triathlon Elite program and committed full time to an independent Boulder, Colorado training base – with a primary focus on the 70.3 distance. His breakthrough came at Ironman 70.3 St George, where he finished 2nd to Brent McMahon of Canada and took home the US Pro Championship. Giving credence to his performance were some of the stars who finished behind him – Andy Potts, Ivan Vasiliev, Matt Reed, TJ Tollakson, Luke McKenzie, Ivan Raña, Trevor Wurtele and Greg Bennett. Making it even sweeter, he rode a BMC frame he bought on E-Bay – which led to a BMC sponsorship.

Proving he was no one-hit wonder, Collington followed that up with a 2nd place finish behind Terenzo Bozzone at Ironman 70.3 Florida, and ahead of internationally renowned Dirk Bockel.

Collington’s 2013 season goal races are Hy-Vee 5i50 in Des Moines and the Ironman 70.3 World Championship in Las Vegas.

All photographs © Timothy Carlson


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