Kyrsten Sinema to compete in third Ironman triathlon in New Zealand

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Arizona Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D) will compete in her third triathlon in New Zealand this weekend, The Arizona Republic reported Monday.

Sinema, 42, will compete in Taupo, New Zealand, on Saturday, where she will race in the Ironman’s 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike and 26.2-mile run.

Sinema, according to the paper, has completed two half marathons in Arizona recently to train for the three-part race. 

{mosads}Sinema finished the Ironman Arizona in 2013 in 15 hours, 12 minutes, 33 seconds, and the Ironman World Championship in Kona, Hawaii, in 2015 in just under 15 hours and 3 minutes.

Sinema is set to depart for New Zealand on Wednesday and will return on March 6, according to the paper.

Sinema plans to state how she would have voted on any possible missed business in the Congressional Record, the paper reported.

The first-term senator chairs the advisory council of Women For Tri, a program organized by the Ironman Foundation that aims to increase women’s participation in the race.

She reportedly plans to meet with Sam Warriner, a Women for Tri ambassador, and two local clubs in New Zealand that are seeking grants from Women for Tri.

“I’m racing Ironman New Zealand to celebrate and highlight the increase in women’s Ironman participation in this part of the world,” Sinema said, according to The Republic.

“Women For Tri is working to increase women’s participation in Ironman competitions across the globe, and I’ll be meeting with local Women For Tri ambassadors to continue breaking down barriers and encouraging female athletes,” she added.

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