Sidney Woman Sets Sights on Triathlon Triumph in South Africa


By Allison Collins

SIDNEY – When 10-year Sidney resident and DCMO BOCES special education instructor Holly Sloan, 35, isn’t in the classroom, she’s training for a triathlon a world away.

This September, Sloan will swim, bike and run her way across Nelson Mandela Bay, South Africa in the 70.3-mile Ironman World Championship.

Though Sloan qualified for the invite-only world championship last September at a race in Atlantic City, she said, this is something she’s spent most of her life working toward.

“I’ve always been a runner, ever since I was a little kid,” she said. “I remember being a little girl and watching Ironman on TV and I just knew that I wanted to do that someday. It’s been a dream in the making and always stuck with me.”

Pursuing that dream, Sloan said, has required years of training. She completed her first, full-length Ironman competition – at 140.6 miles – in Lake Placid in 2013. While she trained for that, Sloan said, she was also earning her school administration certification from Binghamton University.

The Sept. 1 and 2 world championship race will require 1.2 miles of swimming, 56 miles on the bike and 13.1 miles of running.

Sloan said, beyond swimming daily at the Sidney Central School pool and training alongside her husband, Gilbertsville native Steve Sloan, she’s been working remotely with a South American coach. Sloan said she spends between 15 and 20 hours training each week.

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