We are so excited to have Elizabeth Hotaling as a returning Asheville Marathon Ambassador! A resident of Greenville, SC, Elizabeth began her running adventure through her 9th grade cross country team. She has been running ever since!
Picking up triathlons a few years ago, she has been doing super well and is working towards winning a trip to China! Elizabeth is really active, both on and off the pavement. She has a great blog called Tri-ing For China that she updates often! Her most recent article is about the Greenville Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis where she placed first in her age group! Way to go Elizabeth! She also gives a blow by blow of her experience at the Asheville Marathon last year! Thanks for being a great Ambassador, Elizabeth, and we’ll see you at the starting line!
“Then I heard about the Asheville marathon – a race run entirely on the grounds of Biltmore Estate. I love Biltmore. It’s the first school field trip I remember and I’ve been a passholder for years, even though I don’t live in Asheville. But what really sealed the deal is that the marathon goes across the bridge. To the west side of the estate. I’ve never been across the river. I was sold. Full marathon it is.”
Elizabeth Hotaling* | Greenville, SC
Hi Elizabeth! Tell us a little about yourself: “I grew up in Cullowhee and I’ve been running since 9th grade when I joined the cross country team at Smoky Mountain and added triathlons in 2010. I live in Greenville, SC now and work for Michelin.”
What are some of your achievements? “I placed 1st in my age group at the King of the Smokies triathlon in 2013, 3rd in my age group at the Maggie Valley moonlight run 8K in 2013, second in my age group at the Valley of the Lilies half in Cullowhee in April, 2nd in my age group at the Enka Triathlon at Biltmore Lake in June, and 1st in my age group at the Red White and Blue Shoes 5K at Furman on July 4. I’ve completed 2 full marathons – Paris in 2013 and Asheville in 2014 and lots of half marathons. I competed in the Rev3 Triathlon in Anderson, SC in October 2013 and placed 9th in my age group in the half iron distance, which qualified me for the US team for the 2014 ITU long course (4K swim, 70.4 mile bike, 20K run) world championships in China on September 21, so that’s the main focus of my training right now.”
Wow! That’s quite the list of accomplishments! What are you doing to train for China? “As a warm-up, I did the USAT national championships for Olympic distance in Milwaukee, WI. After the intensity of training for China (I’m up to at least 13 hours per week so far), I’m looking forward to taking a step back and mostly running. I’ll probably do a few fall half marathons and then do the Asheville half marathon instead of the full next year.
What is your favorite recovery food? “My favorite recovery food is chocolate milk, followed closely by popsicles and ice cream. 🙂 I’m an all-natural nutrition kind of girl, so I love to train and race with ProBar Meal bars and Bolt chews, Honey Stinger chews and waffles, and Skratch hydration. For aid station food, I love marathons that have cut up oranges – they are the best! I’m trying out some new all natural options during training right now so I have enough variety for my race in China, since it will likely take me 8-9 hours…”
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