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Third Grade Teacher Wins Tinman
Posted 08/15/2016 08:00AM

Carly Killam, HBA third grade teacher, on her bike at the Tinman Triathlon on July 31. Killam placed first in the women's division and fifth overall with a total time of 2:04:42. Photo by Kalani Pascual.

Carly Killam, who just started teaching third grade at Hawaii Baptist Academy, placed first in the women's division at the Tinman Triathlon on July 31. The event, which was held at Kapiolani Park, consists of a 750 meter swim, a 40K bike ride and a 10K run. Killam placed fifth overall, with a total time of 2:04:42.

Killam will be speaking about her love for athletics and her faith in God at the 2016 HBA Athletic Booster Club Breakfast on Saturday, August 20. All students, their family members, and HBA supporters, are invited to attend. The free breakfast, which includes portuguese sausage, hash browns, eggs, fried rice, fruits, coffee and juice, will be held at the high school cafeteria starting at 8 a.m.

Killam grew up in Kailua and began running at the age of nine after her parents signed her up for a track summer league. She says her first event was running the 200m.

"After the first meet, I was hooked," said Killam.

In seventh and eighth grade she ran cross country, track and played soccer. In high school, she focused solely on running by participating in cross country and track. At the 1999 Hawaii State Cross Country Meet she placed 21 and was able to improve her place to 13th by the time she was a senior. In her four year varsity track career, she was the 400m runner-up twice. After graduating from Punahou in 2003, she attended Willamette University in Oregon where she ran cross country and track. During her sophomore year, she qualified with her team for the D3 nationals in cross country and individually in track in the 800m. Likewise, she qualified for cross country and track nationals during her senior year, this time running the 1500m.

After college, Killam transitioned from running to triathlons after a couple of stress fractures began to interfere with her daily running routine. Her first triathlon was in Utah, where she had her first teaching job. Killam recalls swimming in the icy lake that was created by snow run-off from the mountains.

"I wore a friend's surfing wetsuit, and I was so miserable. But I placed third in women's, so I was very pleased."

Killam says her competitive edge comes from her strong work ethic.

"I work really hard, and when I train that much and don't do well, it's a bummer. I know that every race isn't going to be perfect, but I always want to give my best."

Killam is currently training for the H3 Triathlon Race to Base in October, and the half Ironman in Kona in June 2017. She works out twice a day. Beginning at 5:30 a.m., she swims 3800 yards at the Nuuanu YMCA, or she'll run. After a full day of teaching third graders, she coaches the HBA girls cross country team by riding her bike alongside of them. After practice, she begins her second work out to train for the race.

When asked if she would ever do the full Ironman, Killam says that will have to wait until she's retired because that's when she'll have enough time to train.

Carly Killam, right, with her mother, left, at the Tinman Triathlon. Photo courtesy of Carly Killam.

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