East Grand Rapids Parks and Recreation Director Fred Bunn recently took home a national title from the U.S. Duathlon National Championship in Bend, Oregon.
Bunn took first place in the men’s sprint 50-54 age division, marking his second national championship. The sprint race involved a 5K run, a 20K bike and finished with a 2.5K run.
After lagging slightly behind at the half-way mark, Bunn eventually overcame the frontrunner to snag the first place spot and won the race by a full 28 seconds. Out of the 273 athletes competing in the event, he finished in 12th place across all age categories.
This win qualifies Bunn for the 2017 World Championship, which will be held in British Columbia next summer. Bunn previously won the world duathlon title for his age category last year in Australia.
“I was really excited to compete at the 2016 Duathlon National Championships following the world championship win last October,” Bunn said. “There were three of us within 10 seconds of each other going into the final run and I was able to chase down the leaders for the win.”
Bunn will attend a banquet to honor the 2015 USA Triathlon Athletes of the Year and Multisport Award winners on Aug. 11 in Omaha, Nebraska, where he will be honored for being named the 2015 U.S. Men’s Master Duathlete of the Year.
Bunn is a member of the Bissell/Advantage Benefits Group Masters Cycling Team, which consists of between 15 and 20 Grand Rapids athletes.
Bunn and his wife are residents of East Grand Rapids.