Local Athlete Heads to Major Champions


Clermont City Council Member Diane Travis will soon be on her way to the 2019 USA Duathlon National Championship – run, bike, run — in Greenville, SC, on April 13. Following that, she will compete at the ITU World Duathlon Championship in Pontevedra, Spain, on April 27.


Travis, a past gold and silver medalist in the national and world competitions for her age division, is coming off a second-place win for females of all ages at last weekend’s Lake Louisa Sprint Duathlon. The prior weekend, she took first place overall for females at the Great Clermont Triathlon/Duathlon competition at Olympic distances. These are especially tough competitions since Clermont is home to many of the world’s elite athletes.

When she’s not training or competing, Travis is one of the area’s most successful Realtors, as founder and president of Travis Realty Group in Clermont. She has also served as a Clermont City Council Member since 2014.


In addition to winning gold and silver medals at past national and world competitions, Travis was named a Grand Masters Duathlon Athlete of the Year finalist.

Travis is one of the state’s leading advocates for bicycle safety. She helps lead the Ride of Silence program each May. The Ride of Silence is an annual, international bicycle ride to commemorate cyclists killed by motorists and to support those who were injured while riding on public roads. She was also the keynote speaker at Bike Florida’s state conference.

By Doris Bloodsworth, APR