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What are the chances that two Charlotte-area triathletes from the same team qualify for the Ironman World Championship in the same year?

"Fairly rare," says Jen Keith, a Charlotte native who has competed in the sport since 2009. And Keith should know. The fifth-grade teacher has qualified for this year’s Ironman World Championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, along with her EPT Racing teammate Karen Wood.

As they prepare to swim 2.4 miles, bike 112 miles, and run 26.2 miles on October 14, we’ve asked these elite Charlotte athletes to reflect on their journey to the championship race. With no hesitation, both women credit their achievements to three things: expert coaching, excellent local training programs and facilities, and Charlotte-area support.


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