Blind triathlete Patricia Walsh races again Sunday

Patricia Walsh, poses for a portrait before swim practice in this file photo by Rodolfo Gonzalez/American-Statesman.
Patricia Walsh, poses for a portrait before swim practice in this file photo by Rodolfo Gonzalez/American-Statesman.

Blind Austin triathlete Patricia Walsh continues her racing tour this weekend, at the Detroit ITU World Paratriathlon Event at Belle Isle State Park.

She’ll be among a field of 60 paratriathletes from the United States and 10 other nations who will race on a standard sprint-distance course, with a 750-meter swim, 20-kilometer bike and 5-kilometer run.

Paratriathlon is making its debut in the Paralympic Games. Walsh competes in the PT5 category, for athletes with visual impairment.

She has already earned a provisional spot on the U.S. Paralympic Triathlon Team, based on her finish at the ITU World Paratriathlon Event held on Aug. 1 in Rio de Janeiro. The first team quota spots will be confirmed on Sept. 18 in Chicago during the ITU Paratriathlon World Championships.

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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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