Local Athlete to Compete in ITU World Championships

From Ana Hotaling

Picturesque Odense, Denmark draws visitors from all around the world for its scenic waterfront vistas, charming streets, and ties to native son Hans Christian Andersen. From July 6 through July 14, however, this Danish city is also host to the International Triathlon Federation Multisport World Championships, drawing athletes from around the world to vie for the global titles in five sporting events: Duathlon, Cross Triathlon, Aquathlon, Aquabike, and Long-Course Triathlon. Among those converging for this major athletic competition is Chelsea resident Ana Hotaling.

Hotaling, a mother of four and an agricultural journalist, received notification from Team USA in April that she had qualified to compete in Aquabike at the 2018 Worlds due to her 2017 rankings. Aquabike, a multisport event similar to Triathlon, involves swimming, then biking.

Hotaling’s race, scheduled for Saturday, July 14, is classified as “long course,” meaning she and the other competitors in her division will swim 1.2 miles, then immediately cycle 56 miles through Odense and the Danish countryside.

“I’ve always dreamed of going to Scandinavia,” Hotaling said. “And I’ve always strived to reach a high competitive level of performance in multisport. To attain both of these goals is frankly amazing.”

Hotaling also qualified to represent Team USA in the 2018 Sprint Triathlon World Championships this September in Gold Coast, Australia.

In Denmark, she will also be competing in the Open Aquathlon event on July 12, in which she and her fellow competitors will be swimming 1000 meters, then running a 5K. Hotaling will also be participating in the High-Five Fyn 5K, a fun run along the harbor and streets of nearby Middelfart.

“Qualifying for Worlds is stunning, but my participation would never have been possible without the support of the many local and national sponsors and donors who have helped support this dream,” notes Hotaling. Her Michigan-based benefactors include the Chelsea Milling Company, Golling Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram, Cherry Optometry, Jones Family Dentistry, and State Farm – Bill Ballagh. National sponsors include principle sponsor Dutch Farms, Turtle Gloves, Bondi Band Athletic Wear, Quintana Roo Triathlon, Kiwami Triathlon, and Fitzness.

A member of the Ann Arbor Chapter of Team Red, White, and Blue, Hotaling co-owns FMA Farms, a heritage-poultry farm in Lyndon Township, with her husband, Jae. She teaches private and semi-private Tae Kwon Do, Hap Ki Do, and yoga lessons and is a weekly columnist for Hobby Farms magazine online. Next on Hotaling’s agenda? She will be competing at the USA Triathlon Sprint-Distance National Championships in Cleveland, Ohio and the USA Triathlon Aquathlon National Championships in Miami, Florida with the hopes of earning a spot on Team USA for the 2019 Multisport World Championships in Pontevedra, Spain.

Seth Kinker

Reporter/Digital Media for The Sun Times News

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