A Triathlon Retiree at Age 90, Mary Stroebe to Be Honored, Serve as Official Race Starter at July 12 Life Time Fitness Triathlon | Business Wire

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Trading her wetsuit, bicycle and running shoes for a race start horn,

90-year-old Mary Stroebe of Madison, Wis., will be honored as an

official starter alongside Minneapolis Mayor, R.T. Rybak, at this year’s

Life Time Fitness Triathlon.


An inspiration to millions of triathletes and fans around the world,

Mary Stroebe recently and reluctantly ended her extraordinary amateur


“I didn’t really

decide,” she says with a laugh. “It

decided for me. If I had my way, I’d still do

it.” By “it

decided for me,” Stroebe refers to a back

condition that’s caused increasing difficulty

for her during training, making it “impossible

to do the things I need to do.”

After getting involved in triathlon for first time in her mid-70s,

Stroebe gained international fame and media attention for continuing her

passion for the sport throughout her 80s, including a finish at last year’s

Life Time Fitness Triathlon at age 89. She completed the event five


For years, Stroebe’s fellow triathletes and

many other admirers have followed the story of the “octogenarian

triathlete.” Her fans marveled at her

determination to compete in triathlons after setbacks, including a

skiing injury in her late 80s that left her with a metal rod in her leg.

And mostly, they simply loved to cheer her on race day –

watching her go by as she left generous amounts of inspiration in her


The soft-spoken great-grandmother has enjoyed being in the spotlight,

she admits, but continues to view her fame with characteristic humility.

“It’s been nice –

more than I deserve,” she says of her

notoriety. “I won’t

let it go to my head. I just think it’s

something other people could do if they put their minds to it. You have

to train for it, but that’s part of the fun.”


  • Event: Strobe will be Official Starter for the Pro Women’s

    Division with interview availability immediately afterward.

  • Race start: 7:00 a.m., Saturday, July 12, 2008

  • Location: Lake Nokomis, Minneapolis


  • Transmissions: 3:30-3:45pm CT and 5:30-5:45pm CT, Sat. July 12,


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