Dee Ragalie and her brother, Dr. Glenn Ragalie, Medical Director at Aurora Zilber Hospice, at the USA Triathlon in Downtown Milwaukee.
Congratulations to Dee Ragalie, who placed 5th in the women’s 60-64 year age group yesterday at the 2013 Sprint National Championship, a part of the USA Triathlon held in Downtown Milwaukee on August 10-11. Dee joined close to 4,400 amateur athletes from across the country to compete for age group titles in the Olympic-Distance National Championships and the Sprint National Championships.
Dee’s mother, Joan, spent her final days at Zilber before passed away from cancer in February 2013. Over the past 29 years, Dee has completed 307 races like this one, and Joan often traveled with her daughter such events across the country.
After the event, Dee said thinking of her mom during Sunday’s event helped her excel, and that she takes pride in knowing her efforts in this race will help support the care offered at Zilber.
“It gives you purpose,” Dee says.
The Sprint event includes a 750-meter swim, a 20K bike and 5K run. Top finishers are eligible to compete in the 2014 ITU World championships in Edmonton, Canada. Dee completed the event in 1 hour and 23 minutes, finishing in 4th place.