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Mill Creek resident heading to 2017 ITU World Duathlon Championships

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Scott Harder at the 2016 National Duathlon Championships. Photo courtesy of Snoqualmie Ice Cream Racing.
Scott Harder at the 2016 National Duathlon Championships. Photo courtesy of Snoqualmie Ice Cream Racing.

From a Snoqualmie Ice Cream Racing press release.

Scott Harder finished 8th in his age group at the 2016 Duathlon National Championships in Bend, Oregon, last June. This qualifies him for Team USA, a select group of athletes who compete internationally in endurance sports, and gives him a chance to race against the world’s best at the 2017 International Triathlon Union (ITU) World Championships in Penticton, British Columbia, on August 21st.

"It was something that I had only considered as a huge stretch goal, but I trained relentlessly for nine months in the rain, cold and other less than ideal conditions," said Harder.

The standard course duathlon consists of a 10k run, a 40k bike, and a 5k run. That's roughly 9.3 miles running and 25 miles cycling.

Finishing 67th out of 300 (8th in his age category) wasn't his ideal finish, although he was just coming off a cold.

"I made several mistakes out on the course that cost me time and a better placement, but the competition was tough" Harder commented.

The run course in Bend was brutal. It had many of the athletes digging deep for anything they had left on the last few miles.

The bike course was an out and back along a newly paved road that headed into the foothills, but then followed by a fast downhill towards Summit High School where riders rounded the turnaround point and did it all over again.

The last 5k run is also brutal and most participants dread it. This is the section of the race that can drain even the most seasoned athletes.

Harder will be joined at the 2017 ITU World Championships on Team USA by Seattle Hill resident Joey Collins, who also qualified in Bend at the Duathlon National Championships.

You'll probably see Harder and Collins in the area as they both train at Columbia Athletic Club and ride for the local cycling team, "Snoqualmie Ice Cream Racing."

Harder and his friend Joe Dumelin started the cycling team back in November of 2015 and have grown the team to a roster of more than 20 with some local sponsors such as Snoqualmie Ice Cream, Vertical World Climbing Gym, Orthosport Physical Therapy, Snohomish Bakery, 192 Brewery, Woodinville Bicycle, John Duggan Cycling Attorney, and Platinum Properties.

More info on their team and sponsors can be found at www.snocovelo.com or you can follow them on Facebook, Instagram or twitter at "snocovelo."

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