Katie Clark Herbine has realized plenty of athletic goals during the last 15 years.
An All-Maine basketball player as well as a track and field standout who graduated from Bangor High School in 1996, she went on to the University of Maine where she was a key role player on a Black Bears women’s basketball team that made four straight trips to the NCAA Division I Tournament.
But recent years have seen Herbine take a different personal athletic track, one that has led her to the realization of another goal — representing her country when she competes Saturday in the 2010 International Triathlon Union (ITU) Duathlon World Championships in Edinburgh, Scotland.
A duathlon resembles a triathlon, except that it does not include a swimming leg. Instead, a duathlon consists of a running leg, then a cycling leg, and finally a second running leg. There are transition periods between each leg, but no breaks.
Herbine, now 32, will be one of 250 Americans and one of two duathletes with Greater Bangor ties who are slated to compete in this weekend’s events. Dereck Treadwell, an Old Town High School graduate and former track and field All-American at the University of Maine, is now a professional triathlete who will compete in the elite men’s division of the world duathlon championships.
Herbine will compete in the women’s 30-34 age group, with her division set to leave the starting line at 10:15 a.m. Edinburgh time (5:15 a.m. Bangor time).
In her race, to be held at Holyrood Park in the Scottish capital, she will be tested by a 10-kilometer (6.2-mile) run, a 41.6-kilometer (25.8-mile) cycling stage, and a 5K (3.1-mile) run. The event typically takes less than two hours for elite men and about two hours for elite women’s participants.
An attorney and personal trainer as well as the new girls varsity basketball coach at Bangor High School, Herbine qualified for the world championships in April through her performance at the USA Triathlon National Duathlon Festival Championships in Richmond, Va., where she was timed in 1:57:49 for that combination of a 5K run, 38K cycling leg and 5K run.
Herbine has been training competitively in multisport racing for the past eight years, an effort spanning more than 50 local, regional, national and international events.
A former cross country coach at the University of Maine at Farmington, she competed in the Best of the U.S. Triathlon Championships and the Coeur d’Alene Ironman Triathlon in 2006, then qualified for the 2007 World Long Course Triathlon Championships in France.
Herbine also has competed in six marathons, running a personal-best time of 3 hours, 21 minutes and 43 seconds in the 2008 Boston Marathon. She also has run the Chicago, Disney, and Mount Desert Island marathons.