A Super-Sized Workout

America’s Tri For Health™ on Labor Day

Jun 9, 2005

The two things Hunter Lussi, 11, loves most are pizza and video games. He also seems to enjoy triathlons a lot.

Last month Hunter was the youngest contestant in the Columbia Triathlon — a competition for grown-ups held in Ellicott City. The fifth-grader at Norwood School in Bethesda works out every day. He usually runs for 90 minutes on a treadmill, then bikes for an hour in a park (or inside during the winter). Then three times a week he swims three miles.

This was Hunter’s second year to compete in the Columbia Triathlon. Last year, he finished the triathlon in 4 hours 17 minutes. “I’m hoping I’ll do better this year,” he said before the competition.

And he did. “It was really fun! Also a lot of work,” he said. First he swam nine-tenths of a mile, finishing ahead of his dad! Then he biked 25 miles. Finally he ran 6.2 miles. All in 3 hours 49 minutes.

The most difficult part was cycling, he said. “There were lots of hills.”

Hunter enjoys the triathlon because he can do it with his parents, who have been competing for a long time. But “you have to have a strong mind” to be a triathlete, he said.

Hunter hopes to “get other kids to exercise. Even if they like to eat pizza, they can always be healthy,” he said.