Haley Chura

Haley Chura, Professional Triathlete

We were lucky to meet Haley through long time Zealios ambassador and good friend Lisa Hunt. Lisa said something to the effect of "Haley swims like a fish and is one of the most promising up and coming triathletes in the professional arena. Also, she is an incredibly nice person." We were intrigued.

Haley got into triathlon after winding down her collegiate swimming career at the University of Georgia. Her first year as a pro in 2013 was an impressive one--she won Ironman New Orleans 70.3, quit her full time accounting job that same month, and capped the year by being first woman out of the water at the Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii. 

 

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Getting to Know Haley

What is your sport/activity?  

Long distance triathlon

How long have you been participating in your sport?

I've raced triathlon four years as an amateur and two years as a professional. I started swimming competitively at age four or five and swam through college before taking up triathlons.

What would be your perfect day?

Ironman races practically take all day, so I guess race days are pretty perfect.

What is your hometown?

I live and train in Atlanta, Georgia but my family is from Montana.

What keeps you motivated?

I have the BEST support system through my Dynamo Multisport coaches and teammates, my sponsors, and family and friends. They believe in me and wanting to prove them right keeps me going.

What is your perfect post-race meal/favorite food?

Pizza and Ice Cream

Astrological Sign?

Leo

When I’m not (running/riding/training/etc), I am…..

Laughing with friends, reading, or checking twitter

Go-to outfit? 

My Smashfest Queen cycling kit!

I never leave home without my...

iPhone, I like taking pictures and texting

Coolest place you've ever been?

Brazil, one of the many cool places sport has taken me!

When you were little what did you want to be when you grew up?

An author

Your secret talent

I am great at washing dishes.

Your worst habit?

Not washing my car!

What can you not live without?

Water bottle (and water, of course) I hate being thirsty

Best Advice you've ever received?

Be Thankful

Motto?

Hard work will always pay off (though sometimes the payoff is in a way you don't expect)

In 10 years what do you want to be?

haha, if I've learned anything in the past 10 years, it's to keep plans flexible and just enjoy the adventure.