Kevin McCarthy ’95 is making a “second career” for himself these days. After graduating from Hobart College, he spent six years on Nantucket Island doing residential sales and development, then moved to Chicago to work in commercial real estate for Jones Lang LaSalle. But the double major in economics and music is doing more than putting his degrees to good use.
“Hobart athletics piqued my interest in triathlons,” explains McCarthy, who ran cross country and captained the swim team. He began by running 5K and 10K half-marathons and worked up to full marathons. He now has between 20 and 30 marathons under his belt and has run the Boston Marathon five times with a personal record of 2 hours and 44 minutes. It was, in fact, at the 2001 Boston Marathon that he met the woman who would become his wife.
“However,” he concedes genially, “The Boston Marathon actually got a little boring after a while! My friends eventually talked me into buying a bike and I worked my way up to Iron Man Lake Placid in 2002 and Iron Man Florida in 2005.”
Now, McCarthy is preparing to represent Team USA this fall in the 2009 Short Course Triathlon World Championship in Gold Coast, Australia. The triathlon is Olympic distance: a 1.5K swim, a 40K bike, and a 10K run. The U.S. team is sponsored by Well-Fit Triathlon and Training, which pays for athletes to travel and race. McCarthy, along with 24 other invited athletes, were required to qualify at local or regional races by placing in the top 5 percent in their age group and at the national level in Portland, Ore.
“I’ve been participating in sponsored events for 10 years, so it’s evolved into a kind of second career,” he explains. “The World Championship Triathlon is the hardest amateur race to get into, and I finally qualified after trying for a few years. I’m honored to represent my country and wear the Team USA uniform.”
So what’s McCarthy looking forward to? “Traveling,” he admits with a chuckle. “I’ve never been to Australia before, so I’m excited to see the Great Barrier Reef and Sydney.”