Jonny Brownlee and Ashleigh Gentle Win 2018 Beijing International Triathlon
Robert Duncan

Robert Duncan


My journey to triathlon began when I was 32 years old. I had spent my childhood getting into trouble so I had been sent to live with my grandparents. My grandfather encouraged me to channel my energy and frustrations in sporting activities in high school. I played football, basketball, and I ran cross country. I fell in love with running, and not before long I was completing at Rend Lake College and SIU-C. I was offered a scholarship at Rend Lake College and then  Southern Illinois University to run on their track team. I was a 9 time All-American and 3 time national champ while attending Rend Lake College.  

In 2012, I was volunteered to participate at Hy-Vee Triathlon. I had never swam competitively before, and had no experience in open water swimming. I borrowed a friend's road bike for the triathlon. I ended up winning my age group, and the rest is history. From then on, I spent all of my time and energy training for races when I wasn't working. I have competed in Dubai, Germany, La Croix, Hawaii, and all over the continental US.  

Currently, I am working at a physical therapy office helping patients during their treatment sessions. I am very excited to participate in the Escape Tri Series, the training I have been putting in has been intense and I have confidence that this will be a great series for me and the other triathletes. 

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