My Name Is … Carter Brand

Castle Pines teen wins triathlon national title

Posted 8/26/19

About me I live in Castle Pines. I am 17 and a senior at Rock Canyon High School. I compete on Rock Canyon's varsity cross country and varsity swim teams. I also train with a high-performance …

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My Name Is … Carter Brand

Castle Pines teen wins triathlon national title

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About me

I live in Castle Pines. I am 17 and a senior at Rock Canyon High School. I compete on Rock Canyon's varsity cross country and varsity swim teams. I also train with a high-performance triathlon club out of Littleton called eNRG Performance. Besides sports, I love science. Last year I found a potential new treatment for skin cancer with my Rock Canyon biotech group. I also am the co-president of the National Science Honor Society and the president of the Medicine Club at Rock Canyon. I also volunteer weekly at Sky Ridge Medical Center in the ICU. Eventually, I'd like to go to medical school and become a trauma surgeon.

A triathlon national champion

I recently competed in the Age Group National Championships. The National Championships for non-draft triathlon, meaning you can't bike in packs or draft off other bikers. I raced in the 15- to 19-year-old age group and in the Sprint Category (750-meter swim, 20-kilometer bike ride, 5k run).

This year the race was held on Aug. 11 in Cleveland, Ohio. I became national champion in my age group out of nearly 100 competitors. It feels really good to have the national title.

How I got started

I got involved in triathlons about 2 1/2 years ago when I joined the eNRG High Performance Triathlon Team. I used to be a competitive swimmer for the HRA swim team, and then I became good at cross country running while in middle school at Rocky Heights. Eventually, I did a couple of local triathlon races. I ended placing really well at those, even winning one, which showed me my potential for the sport. After joining the triathlon team, I learned how to bike well too, and then in no time I was racing competitively around the country. 

I prepare for competitions by keeping my body well rested the week before the race. I also eat healthy food and stay as hydrated as possible. The day before the race I try to stay loose by hanging out with my other team members and friends who I know from other states.

What's next

Winning the national title qualified me to compete at world championships in Edmonton, Canada in 2020 as part of Team USA. There I will race the best triathletes from around the world in my age group. Aside from the sport of triathlon, I also put a lot of emphasis on academics and I hope to achieve a lot there in the future as well.

Because I'm a senior, next steps for me include college. I am not sure where I will be attending college yet, but I would love to find a college that has a great triathlon team and great academics. And, I would like to attend a school that would prepare me well for medical school.

My mantra

My mantra changes all the time based on what I'm doing at the time, however the one I find myself saying the most is: "Stay Ambitious." 

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