For many elite athletes, the Ironman Triathlon is the epitome of true mental and physical endurance. However, for some ultra-triathletes like Scott Jordan and Robin Cucinotta both of North Berwick it’s only a stepping stone to a more grueling race…the USA Ultra Triathlon Triple Anvil. Not only did Jordan and Cucinotta complete the race in October, but both took first place in their divisions.
Triathletes had 60 hours to complete the Triple Anvil, which included a 7.2 mile swim, 336 mile bike course and 78.6 mile run course. Jordan completed the event with a time of 38:49:38, breaking the course record by 22 minutes. Cucinotta led the women with a time of 53:10:38.
Jordan had always been an active person, but like many parents and business owners priorities shifted and Jordan became less active. To step things up and celebrate his 40th birthday, Jordan decided to participate in his first half ironman distance race. Jordan joined the Sanford-Springvale YMCA, bought a bike and started training. Jordan has since completed several ultra-endurance races, including a 2nd place finish in the Double Anvil in 2014.
“After telling people what I do for a sport and what the distances are the first question I always get is have you ever done the Boston Marathon?,” said Jordan. “My response is a chuckle and I tell them no…I’m not really a runner.”
Cucinotta has been running since she was 19 years old, running her first marathon at age 31. She has several endurance races under her belt, including the Boston Marathon and Ironman. In 2014, Cucinotta joined Jordan in the Virginia Double Anvil placing 8th. A lot of her training is at the Sanford-Springvale YMCA where she swims, spins, and runs on the surrounding trails.
Both Jordan and Cucinotta plan to return to Virginia in October 2016 to tackle the Quintuple Anvil.
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