Gina Anixter is a mother of two teenage girls (Aly and Natalie) and the wife of Jeff Anixter. A former collegiate heptathlete for ARC and Chico State, Gina has been competing in multi sports for nearly 30 years. Her love for triathlon started some 14 years ago when she competed in her first sprint triathlon hosted by Total Body Fitness. After competing in local Sprint and Olympic distance triathlons for a few years, she began to compete in larger venue races and during Wildflower in 2009 she qualified for Olympic Distance Age Group Nationals. The same year, she completed in her first half Ironman, Barb’s Race (all female race but Vineman venue). Graduating to half Ironman distance in 2009 came with some success as she won her age group and went onto race in more competitive venues. After placing third in her age group at Vineman in 2013, she earned a spot at World Championships in Henderson, NV. Gina contemplated long course after co-founding “Go the Distance” with her friend Greg Bomhoff but she really began believing she could finish an Ironman after pacing Greg during Badwater Ultramarathon. With a full time job, teaching exercise classes, volunteer commitments and a family, lining up for her first Ironman in 2011 took a lot of planning, persistence, and commitment. Her hard work paid off in the end and she made the podium at AZ Ironman, with a 5th place finish and a time of 11:15. She returned to AZ in 2013, finishing with a time of 10:39 and a 4th place finish. Gina continues to race the Ironman distance in hopes of eventually qualifying for Kona World Championships. She looks forward to competing in the Ironman 70.3 World Championships in 2017.
- I love to eat!
- I love to cook!
- I love to plan, especially if the planning involves my triathlon season!
- My favorite thing to do is spend time with my family.
- I get up at 4:15 every morning to train before work because I work full time and I like to be home in the evenings with my family.
- I have a yellow lab named Scout and I love her to pieces.
- I have a degree in public health and I love what I do on most days.
May 13 – Ironman 70.3 Santa Rosa
July 30 – Ironman Santa Rosa
September 9 – Ironman 70.3 World Championships, Chattanooga Tennessee
November 18 – Ironman Arizona (tentative)
USA Productions Folsom International; 2nd AG
Vineman 70.3; 4th AG
Tahoe Half Ironman; 4th OA; 1st AG
Ironman 70.3 Arizona;2nd AG
Ironman Arizona; 6th AG
Vineman 70.3; 5:11 PR 3rd place AG; 2013
Ironman Arizona; 10:39 4th place AG PR; 2013
World’s Toughest Half IM; 6:03:09 1st AG; 2014
Ironman Coeur d’Alene; 11:51 5th place AG; 2014
California International Marathon; 3:27:28 PR (NY & Boston Qualifier); 2014
Donner Lake 1/2 IM; 6:00:56 2nd AG, 6th overall; 2015
Folsom International; 2:26 1st AG, 2nd overall; 2015
Ironman Lake Tahoe; 11:57 3rd place AG; 2015
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