Diane Travis, a Clermont city council member, and Realtor, just won the gold medal at the 2019 ITU Duathlon National Championship in Greenville, S.C. Travis will now head to the world championships on April 27 in Pontevedra, Spain, and is now qualified for next year’s world championship in the Netherlands.
Travis was first in her age group, 65-69 years old, in the Draft-Legal Sprint Challenge on April 13. The race was at Lakeside Park in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Travis won the competition, which includes a 5k run, 18k cycling, and a 2.85k run, with a time of 1 hour, 20 minutes and 20 seconds. She bested the second-place competitor by almost a minute and a half.
“These short races (sprints) are tough because it is all-out from the start,” Travis said. “I dedicated the race to my friend, Anne Viviani, a fellow duathlete and friend who was killed in a car accident while headed home from last year’s championship. She was in my thoughts and her spirit was with all of us.”
Travis is a former gold and silver medalist in the national and world duathlon competitions. In addition to her athletic pursuits, she is the founder and president of Travis Realty Group. Travis is consistently named one of the top real estate agents in Lake County. She has served on the Clermont City Council since 2014 and has been an active supporter of the city’s award-winning master plan.
“I’m looking forward to being part of Team USA at the world championships coming up,” Travis said. “I’m proud to represent Clermont, the Choice of Champions!”