Blind triathlete Patricia Walsh defends title at CAMTRI Paratriathlon American Championships

Patricia Walsh, a blind triathlete from Austin, recently defended her title at the CAMTRI Paratriathlon American Championships. Photo by Rodolfo Gonzalez/Austin American Statesman
Patricia Walsh, a blind triathlete from Austin, recently defended her title at the CAMTRI Paratriathlon American Championships. Photo by Rodolfo Gonzalez/Austin American Statesman

Congrats to Austin triathlete Patricia Walsh, who defended her title in the PT5 category of the 2015 CAMTRI Paratriathlon American Championships this past weekend in Monterrey, Mexico.

Walsh, who is blind, competes in the PT5 category for athletes with a visual impairment. Athletes in the division compete alongside a sighted guide during the race, which consists of a 750-meter swim, a 20-kilometer bike and a 5-kilometer run. They use a tandem bicycle during the cycling stage.

Walsh’s time was 1 hour, 13 minutes and 32 seconds. Amy Dixon of Greenwich, Conn., came in second in 1:14:35.

In all, Americans hauled in 16 medals at the championships, held at Fundidora Park. U.S. paratriathletes are vying for spots on the first-ever U.S. Paralympic Triathlon Team, which will be announced by July 26, 2016.

Walsh is the author of a book titled “Blind Ambition,” which recounts her experience.

Author: Pam LeBlanc

Pam LeBlanc writes about fitness and travel for the Austin American-Statesman. She has worked for the Statesman since 1998 and written her weekly fitness column, Fit City, since 2004.

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