Laura Kline is a multisport athlete from Pasadena, USA, best known for her success in Duathlon. Duathlon is an endurance event which starts with a run, changes to cycling, then returns to running.
She participated in hockey, softball, basketball and boxing while at high school and college, then at age 26 started competing in the demanding sports of Duathlon and Triathlon. Her Duathlon debut in 2004 qualified her for the World Championships.
- Qualified for the World Championships on debut
- Age group winner at the World Championships
- 2012 short course duathlon world champion.
Since then she has won a number of titles. In 2005 she was 2nd Overall in the 2005 USAT Mid-Atlantic Duathlon Series and 1st in the 25-29 Age Group at the 2005 ITU Short Course Duathlon World Championship (9th overall female).
In 2011 she was 4th in the 30-34 Age Group at the 2011 ITU Short Course Duathlon World Championship (and 11th overall female), as well as being nationally ranked 1st Overall in 30-34 age group. 2012 saw Laura rank second nationally in the 30-34 age group – and she became 2012 short course duathlon World Champion.
In 2005 she was national champion for Ultra Distance Triathlon in the 25-29 age group. She won the 25-29 age group in the 2005 USAT Mid-Atlantic Triathlon Series and represented USA in 2008 in triathlon.
Laura stopped eating meat in 2001 aged 24 and said she noticed improvements very quickly. In 2005 she also eliminated dairy, which she described as the “best decision I ever made”. Like many athletes she drew heavily on the information in Brendan Brazier’s Thrive Diet books.
2014 proved to be another good year as in May she attended the USA Triathlon meet where she competed in the Long Course Duathlon, which she won to become National Champion. In July she won the Maryland Olympic Duathlon in 1.57.18. She also entered October’s Blues Cruise 50k trail ultra, and won it.
Turning to shorter distances, she competed in the Canadian National 5k Road Race Championship, taking her age group title. She also won a number of lower-profile races; all results can be seen on her website (read more here).
In 2016 she performed excellently in road races, with wins in the Central Park Half Marathon, North Face Endurance Washington 50k Trail race as well as podium finishes in the prestigious Cayuga Trails 50k and Caumsett 50k road race (read more here). In July 2016 she took on The North Face Ontario 50k, which is a very tough course. She won the ladies event convincingly (read more here). In 2020 she took the overall win at the 60k Vagamon ultratrail in India before the COVID-19 restrictions.
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