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Katie Malone

Katie Malone runs with her dogs.I grew up in NJ as an only child. I always wanted siblings but my mother would constantly remind me that I did have a pony. So from as far back as I can remember I have been around horses. I grew up riding with my mother and driving in the carriage with my parents. We cross country skied together, went ice skating on a frozen farm pond in the winter and rode motorcycles in the spring. When I was 11 my father retired (yes, they had me when they were a bit older).  We moved to NC for my parents to retire. It was here that I was able to fully appreciate the freedom riding a bike could bring. I rode everywhere and I rode often. When I wasn’t on my bike I was on my pony exploring every trail I could find. These also happen to be the same trails that I use for running to this day. When I was in high school my father built a boathouse on Lake Lanier in Tryon, NC and that is where my swimming began and still continues to this day. In high school I ran track and cross country and played soccer. I didn’t set school records, but I always did well. My senior year of high school I spent as an exchange student in Germany.  I am still fluent in German. I came back from Germany to go to college but just wasn’t ready for it, but eventually I found my way back to school. I ran cross country in college and received some scholarship money so I looked at it as my part time job. My other part time job was cleaning houses. I was always busy and I worked really hard, but that was just good practice for what was to come.

Before I started coaching I had a desk job. It was a good desk job but I really hated not being able to see out a window in the office building where I worked. I worked hard, but it certainly wasn’t my dream job. I worked for an engineering company in Spartanburg after I finally graduated from college at the University of South Carolina – Spartanburg. I have a degree in Business Management which has indeed served me well. While I was working there I started training seriously for triathlons and after a year of training hard and missing the qualifications for Hawaii by just 2 minutes I did something completely reckless. I quit my day job. I admit it felt really good to just quit. Maybe it was stupid, but I think that sometimes it is good to follow your heart.

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