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Spotlight on… Kermit Phillips

February 25, 2014

Kermit Phillips

This  Dartmouth native is looking forward to not only competing in EPIC Dartmouth for the first time, but doing his first ever triathlon! No stranger to long distances races and events, he is a runner-turned-triathlete and will be taking on the IRON distance event this summer.


Name: Kermit Phillips
Age Group: 50-54
Event/Distance: IRON Dartmouth


How long have you been involved in the triathlon world?

This will be my first attempt at a triathlon!

When you started, what were your goals?

When I first started ‘distance’ events, my ultimate goal was to get back into shape and eventually (hopefully) qualify for Boston and maybe dream of someday running an Ironman event. Since 2000, along with many smaller and shorter regional events, I have successfully made it to Boston (four times!) and have completed 18 marathons.

Do you have any pre-race superstitions?

I am not the least bit superstitious, however while waiting on the start line of my first marathon in New York City in 2000, I was asked to take a photo of some fellow competitors. After obliging, the young lady gave me a ten-cent-coin that fell out of her pocket. To this day every ‘major’ distance event I enter I do with a coin that is either found or given to me by a family member. The coin eventually ‘rests’ at the end of each event by being taped to my race bib that I hold onto as a keepsake.

How many hours per week do you train?

I am currently training 13-15hrs a week. Obviously this will continue to increase over the next months.

What do you love most about EPIC Dartmouth and why did you choose this race?

I am a Dartmouth boy and grew up near Lake Banook. The idea of being able to compete in a major event like Epic Dartmouth in my own ‘backyard’ is very exciting for me. However, choosing this race came as a result of word-of-mouth through a few Epic Dartmouth Competitors, etc. They were so positive about it I felt the need to try it as well.


Words of wisdom (Any advice for your competitors or future triathletes?)

While preparing my training schedule, I kept coming back to quotes provided by Ironman competitors who seemed to repeat the same thing: “trust your training.” This is the most motivating statement for me to stay calm and focus on one day at a time!