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By Steve Breazeale
San Clemente resident Beth Sanden has been on a tear in recent weeks.
The 59-year-old Paratriathlon racer grabbed back to back second-place finishes at the Malibu Triathlon on September 8 and the Southwest Regional Triathlon in Tempe, Ariz. on September 22.
By placing second out of 29 racers in the Southwest Regional, Sanden qualified for a spot in the 2013 Paratriathlon National Championship, to be held in June. But Sanden said she will not compete at the prestigious event. She will be in attendance, but for a different reason.
Sanden devotes herself to training and motivating other disabled
athletes. She currently trains a rotating group of athletes for triathlons and two of them, Edwin Figueroa of Commerce and Umida Laskciko of Temecula, qualified for the National Championships.
Sanden admits that coming in second-place is gratifying, but it’s the experience of competing with her mentees that makes it all worthwhile.
“It’s nice competing with people 20-30 years younger than I am and still get on the podium,” Sanden said. “But’s it’s a fun thing for me to do and go with the people I train.”
Sanden and her students will travel to Austin, Texas for the May 27 event.