Triathlon Is A Family Affair For the Shivers

Lead by pro triathlete Kaitlin, five members of the Shiver family place in Florida race.

The Rotary Pineapple Man Triathlon always has been a family event. Mothers and fathers, and sons and daughters walk their dogs together along the route of the race as others spread blankets and pull up chairs to enjoy the early morning sunshine and the competition.

Some, like the Shiver family of Satellite Beach, race.

“Oh, they’re coming: mom, dad, Ashley and Nicole. They’re all participating,” Kaitlin Shiver told an old friend from her competitive swimming days at the conclusion of her part of the 26th annual event Sunday morning.

So they did, and with superb results: daughter Nicole placed first among 15- to 19-year old females at 1 hour, 32 minutes, 53.86 seconds; daughter Ashley finished first among 20- to 24-year old females at 1:17:50.81; mom Kathleen was sixth among 45- to 49-year old females at 1:30:42:56; and dad Randall placed sixth in the Clydesdales 40-plus.

Earlier, Kaitlin, a high school all-American runner in the mile who later became a 1,500-meter specialist at the University of Florida and now a professional triathlete, did exactly what one would expect: she won the women’s overall division and took third place among all contestants.

Read more: Florida Today