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The winner of the Miss Triathlete.com for the month of September is Ande’ W. of Harvard, Ill. You chose Ande’ with your votes! The win means that she is a finalist for the title of Miss Triathlete.com 2011. Ande’ will also get $100 to spend on the TYR gear of her choice. The next five finishers will move on to October voting. Click here to view all of the September entrants. Click here to learn how to enter the November contest. The gallery of October entrants will be posted shortly.
We chatted with Ande’ to learn more about the personality behind the beauty:
Triathlete.com: How long have you been competing in triathlons?
Ande’: This is my third year of competition. Prior to entering the world of triathlon, I participated in running events and adventure races such as Muddy Buddy.
Triathlete.com: What is your proudest accomplishment in the sport?
Ande’: I believe the defining moment for me was not in competing, but in organizing a sprint-distance triathlon for people who were new to the sport. My racing group at Golden Legs Racing graciously donated Gatorade, cups, and dispensing containers, and my family and friends helped me greatly by serving as race timers and course marshals. It was amazing to watch the participants cross the finish line for the first time with a real sense of accomplishment. I participated in the race to offer encouragement and moral support for the other racers. I had a blast racing alongside them, and I ran in with many of them to give them a final “push” to the finish line. It made me so happy to be able to introduce the sport I love to others. And it was music to my ears to hear people saying they wanted to do it again. I can’t wait to hold the race again next year!
Triathlete.com: What does it mean to you to move on as a finalist in the contest?
Ande’: I am honored and amazed to be moving on as a finalist! There were so many other women and men in this month’s competition that are true representations of this great sport. I have my friends and family to thank for their support, and a big thanks to all the complete strangers out there who also voted for me. I hope to stand out as the example for the working triathlete. As a veterinarian I work long hours, but I always find the time to train and enjoy the sport to its fullest extent.
Triathlete.com: Do you have a background in modeling?
Ande’: Heck no! Entering this competition was certainly a step out of my comfort zone, but I’m really glad I did it.
Triathlete.com: What do you think you’ll spend your $100 from TYR on?
Ande’: I’ve been eyeballing the Carbon Tri Tank for a while now. I think I’ll finally splurge and buy one for myself.
Triathlete.com: What do you like to do for fun outside of the sport?
Ande’: I’m big into being outdoors – I love horseback riding, fishing, and hiking. I also love my job and enjoy promoting health in my patients. Many of my clients know I participate in triathlon and love to tell me stories of how their dog is their training partner…and I love hearing about it!