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Jackie Hering
United States
World Rank
19
Weight
60kg
Height
1.72m
Age
36
DOB
10/11/84
Swim: BlueseventyBike: BMCRun: Newton
84%Swim84%Bike93%Run89%Overall
Athletes are measured as a percentage (for each discipline and overall) based on a relative comparison to the #1 ranked athlete who's rated at 100%.
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Jackie Hering

Jackie Hering just couldn't stop winning in 2019, her most successful year to date with three IRONMAN 70.3 titles. She even became US Snowshoe Racing National Champion as well.

She's been a full-time triathlete since 2011, but it is since the birth of her second child in 2018 that she has hit new heights with a series of inspirational performances.

"I'm better since I've had kids," acknowledges the 35-year-old, who is now a multiple IRONMAN and 70.3 champion.

She qualified to race professionally for the first time at Racine in 2008 but, juggling a full-time job with training, didn't take up her card straight away.

When she took the plunge in 2011, there were two second places at the full distance (St. George and Louisville) but she had to wait until 2013 for the first victory, appropriately close to home in Wisconsin.

The next breakthrough came in 2015 by which time her focus had switched to 70.3 - with the first victory coming at Buffalo Springs.

She married in 2014, and 2016 saw the birth of her first child, Hunter. His sister Skylar arrived two years later.

On each occasion Jackie worked hard to regain race fitness and by the end of 2018 her results suggested she was right back to her best, with a second-place finish at IRONMAN 70.3 Steelhead and then 13th in the 70.3 World Championship in South Africa.

All the hard work really came to fruition the following season as she collected those three 70.3 titles (Steelhead, Traverse City and Waco), with the run extending into the start of 2020 with victory at 70.3 Campeche.

Better than ever

Jackie did swimming and track running at high school and college and started to "dabble with sprint triathlons" in her sophomore year in 2005.

"I was naturally competitive with the swimming background and loved the challenge.

"And after watching IRONMAN Wisconsin happen practically outside my back door, I caught the bug to push to the longer distance and do some actual training."

On the back of that, her first half-distance race at Racine in 2008 saw her come fourth in the female standings, while her first attempt at the full distance wasn't going to be anywhere other than Wisconsin.

Straight away it was clear a bright future lay ahead for Hering as she won her age group (20-24) in record time, which qualified her for Kona, though she admits "without even knowing what Kona was at that point!"

"Needless to say, I was hooked. I applied for and got on the Timex Team, which was huge in fostering my growth in the sport and providing me with gear to be successful.

"I raced with Timex from 2009-2017, completing 24 iron-distance races, many half distance and have raced four times at Kona (two as an AG). They supported my transition to professional racing in 2011, and I have been racing ever since!"

Looking back on her earlier career, she highlights that win at Buffalo Springs in Texas as crucial in giving her the belief she could race with the very best.

"My favourite 70.3 win was my first one back in 2015. I had to absolutely battle on that run. It was head-to-head and super hot.

"It was my first time beating some faster ladies and realising that I could race at the top. I also happened to be a tiny bit pregnant!"

Three years later, as she started to work her way back to that level, she would enjoy an incredible run of four 70.3 victories in the space of 12 months.

She started 2019 with a runner-up spot at Campeche, a third at Texas and a fifth at St. George.

It all meant she headed into 70.3 Steelhead full of confidence and the day's fastest split on the bike saw her leave T2 just a second behind Meredith Kessler. When Jackie then produced a 1:18:11 half marathon (which was two minutes faster than the day's men's winner Andrew Starykowicz) there was only ever going to be one winner.

There were lots of similarities in her next race at Traverse City - a second behind Kessler in the swim, then a tightly-bunched lead group on the bike before Hering blew them away on the run with a 1:16:20 half marathon and a winning margin of close to six minutes.

On to Waco in October, and the hat-trick, where she had a 1:37 deficit to close on the run but transformed that into a two-minute winning margin by the line.

The 2020 season started in the same fashion back at 70.3 Campeche - another first place and the fastest bike and run splits. Jackie is going from strength to strength as she balances the demands of training with looking after her two children.

Her running has always been strong but the addition of the snowshoe work in winter - not to mention lots of jogging with a double stroller - has added an extra dimension.

She upped the volume of her swimming in 2019 too and in 2020 concentrated on her cycling, with that best-of-the-day bike split at Campeche something of a rarity but one which suggests more exciting times lie ahead.

She's continued that work during the enforced break caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, saying: "I'm seriously focussed on getting my biking to a place where I'm competitive and where all the other top women are. Since the winter I've had a bike project going. I literally ride my bike every single day now, which I've never done in my life before - and I'm seeing gains every week.

"And I guess that is keeping me motivated, seeing the consistency and that the hard work is paying off.

Change of perspective

It is an inspiring story and while Jackie is not alone in having children and returning to the sport better than ever, it shows again just what is possible.

"Triathlon is a thing that's important to me, but having a family was something I knew I wanted for my life - and your life is just so much bigger than triathlon," she explains.

"The breaks to have my two kids made my passion double over for the sport - you have to work so hard to get back, but it makes you appreciate it so much."

Jackie has been coaching since her swimming days and continues to do so. She also works with husband Mark in the local community by putting on events such as open-water swims, runs, snowshoe races and fundraisers.

"I have many things going on, but it is the daily training that keeps me on track. I am driven by the motivation of feeling fit and strong on a daily basis, setting a good example for my kids and family, and reaching my potential on the race course. "

Or as she puts it another way: "Don't worry about the past, don't dream about the future, concentrate on the task at hand."

Current PTO World Ranking Points
19
Average best 3 races 2019/2020
93.03
2021 Challenge Miami
92.03
Average
92.53
Ranking History
#1#51#101#151#201201120122013201420152016201720182019202020212011Overall103.80 pts#57Swim128.22 pts#36Bike91.86 pts#102Run90.32 pts#512012Overall133.20 pts#63Swim130.77 pts#39Bike115.13 pts#90Run104.28 pts#562013Overall148.94 pts#65Swim130.43 pts#40Bike115.13 pts#106Run113.00 pts#572014Overall148.24 pts#102Swim135.84 pts#60Bike109.62 pts#180Run113.00 pts#1022015Overall237.41 pts#42Swim156.13 pts#57Bike128.27 pts#138Run182.51 pts#182016Overall237.41 pts#48Swim156.13 pts#59Bike128.27 pts#155Run182.51 pts#202017Overall198.27 pts#81Swim134.75 pts#102Bike116.43 pts#198Run183.48 pts#202018Overall217.36 pts#70Swim134.75 pts#99Bike137.70 pts#141Run183.48 pts#202019Overall277.48 pts#27Swim156.56 pts#50Bike157.42 pts#87Run202.21 pts#102020Overall279.08 pts#19Swim156.56 pts#39Bike162.01 pts#59Run202.21 pts#32021Overall92.53 pts#19Swim78.91 pts#30Bike80.71 pts#41Run98.75 pts#7
Results
43 Races6
1
7
2
6
3
2021
Points: NaN
DatePlaceRace
Swim
Bike
Run
OverallAITPoints
20 Jun
3
IM 70.3 Des Moines
28:12
1:04:17
1:18:30
2:57:07
85.9723
02:53:2885.97
1 May
8
IM 70.3 St. George
26:08
2:24:48
1:22:55
4:18:14
81.7884
04:11:2281.79
11 Apr
7
IM 70.3 Texas
29:00
2:23:36
1:22:11
4:18:04
72.2858
04:07:4672.29
12 Mar
3
Challenge Miami
24:12
1:35:38
1:01:32
3:03:24
92.0299
03:01:1492.03
2020
Points: NaN
DatePlaceRace
Swim
Bike
Run
OverallAITPoints
6 Dec
19
Challenge Daytona
26:48
1:55:58
1:12:51
3:38:18
67.3794
03:28:0767.38
15 Mar
1
IM 70.3 Campeche
27:05
2:23:07
1:23:53
4:16:48
89.9868
04:13:0089.99
2019
Points: NaN
DatePlaceRace
Swim
Bike
Run
OverallAITPoints
27 Oct
1
IM 70.3 Waco
27:04
2:24:46
1:21:25
4:18:29
79.3024
04:10:4279.30
7 Sep
14
IM 70.3 World Championship
29:16
2:48:24
1:17:51
4:39:50
72.9367
04:28:5572.94
25 Aug
1
IM 70.3 Traverse City
26:32
2:28:55
1:16:20
4:15:06
88.3896
04:10:4488.39
30 Jun
1
IM 70.3 Steelhead
27:30
2:17:40
1:18:11
4:07:21
97.7011
04:06:3097.70
4 May
5
IM 70.3 St. George
26:29
2:25:05
1:21:29
4:17:03
84.9268
04:11:2284.93
7 Apr
3
IM 70.3 Texas
25:58
2:16:40
1:21:45
4:06:56
75.0735
03:58:0275.07
17 Mar
2
IM 70.3 Campeche
29:47
2:20:34
1:22:41
4:16:16
91.3922
04:13:0091.39
2018
Points: NaN
DatePlaceRace
Swim
Bike
Run
OverallAITPoints
1 Sep
13
IM 70.3 World Championship
27:30
2:30:39
1:20:00
4:23:08
66.844
04:10:4066.84
12 Aug
2
IM 70.3 Steelhead
31:10
2:19:18
1:23:03
4:17:46
76.6207
04:09:0276.62
2017
Points: NaN
DatePlaceRace
Swim
Bike
Run
OverallAITPoints
16 Jul
5
IM 70.3 Racine
--:--
2:24:56
1:21:59
3:48:05
37.2668
03:28:2837.27
21 May
3
IM 70.3 Chattanooga
25:24
2:28:00
1:20:35
4:18:18
73.8948
04:08:3473.89
6 May
6
IM 70.3 St. George
26:20
2:33:22
1:27:18
4:29:42
59.2104
04:14:0959.21
1 Apr
6
IM 70.3 California
28:09
2:34:38
1:20:03
4:28:31
65.1667
04:15:1165.17
19 Mar
4
IM 70.3 Campeche
29:53
2:35:57
1:24:41
4:33:39
55.9797
04:16:4255.98
2016
Points: NaN
DatePlaceRace
Swim
Bike
Run
OverallAITPoints
17 Jul
DNF
IM 70.3 Racine
--:--
--:--
--:--
--:--
0
--
2015
Points: NaN
DatePlaceRace
Swim
Bike
Run
OverallAITPoints
16 Aug
4
IM Mont Tremblant
54:55
5:14:59
3:04:37
9:20:09
71.8423
08:57:2771.84
19 Jul
3
IM 70.3 Racine
24:48
2:27:34
1:20:58
4:17:39
82.6553
04:11:0782.66
28 Jun
1
IM 70.3 Buffalo Springs Lake
25:00
2:30:11
1:21:14
4:18:44
82.9105
04:12:1682.91
31 May
5
IM 70.3 Raleigh
28:54
2:28:27
1:22:55
4:23:09
68.1465
04:11:0968.15
17 May
2
IM 70.3 Chattanooga
24:30
2:28:22
1:24:36
4:21:41
64.5381
04:08:2864.54
15 Mar
3
IM 70.3 Puerto Rico
27:55
2:27:19
1:31:26
4:31:54
45.7334
04:11:2645.73
2014
Points: NaN
DatePlaceRace
Swim
Bike
Run
OverallAITPoints
11 Oct
29
IM Hawaii
1:00:15
5:33:41
3:40:48
10:20:54
14.7442
09:10:3014.74
7 Sep
5
IM Wisconsin
56:28
5:30:23
3:29:30
10:03:58
26.8514
09:04:1526.85
24 Aug
2
IM Louisville
48:09
5:19:06
3:30:03
9:43:25
38.579
08:54:1238.58
27 Jul
4
IM Canada
56:19
5:31:26
3:27:46
9:59:06
30.8524
09:02:4830.85
8 Jun
8
IM 70.3 Eagleman
30:11
2:25:54
1:28:40
4:27:18
41.8836
04:05:5241.88
17 May
8
IM Texas
53:48
5:09:34
3:18:44
9:27:05
49.1122
08:46:5249.11
2013
Points: NaN
DatePlaceRace
Swim
Bike
Run
OverallAITPoints
1 Dec
8
IM Cozumel
37:22
5:14:21
3:31:13
9:27:05
0
--
2 Nov
DNF
IM Florida
--:--
--:--
--:--
--:--
08:30:21-
8 Sep
1
IM Wisconsin
57:00
5:27:30
3:16:03
9:47:07
49.9278
09:06:0649.93
18 Aug
9
IM Mont Tremblant
56:14
5:22:05
3:13:53
9:38:09
49.2032
08:57:1349.20
2012
Points: NaN
DatePlaceRace
Swim
Bike
Run
OverallAITPoints
25 Nov
11
IM Cozumel
1:04:57
5:14:41
3:19:38
9:44:05
44.1489
08:58:5644.15
26 Aug
2
IM Louisville
56:18
5:15:47
3:20:12
9:38:14
49.8115
08:57:4549.81
2011
Points: NaN
DatePlaceRace
Swim
Bike
Run
OverallAITPoints
15 Oct
22
IM Hawaii
1:01:08
5:50:17
3:24:15
10:21:02
8.66187
09:06:128.66
28 Aug
2
IM Louisville
54:07
5:22:03
3:18:50
9:40:28
39.242
08:51:5939.24
24 Jul
4
IM Lake Placid
57:20
5:30:50
3:22:27
9:56:21
32.6071
09:01:3632.61
7 May
2
IM St. George
55:03
5:39:17
3:28:19
10:06:36
31.9505
09:10:2531.95
Ranking per Season
Overall
Year
Points
Position
2021
92
19
2020
279
19
2019
277
27
2018
217
70
2017
198
81
2016
237
48
2015
237
42
2014
148
102
2013
148
65
2012
133
63
2011
103
57
Swim
Year
Points
Position
2021
78
30
2020
156
39
2019
156
50
2018
134
99
2017
134
102
2016
156
59
2015
156
57
2014
135
60
2013
130
40
2012
130
39
2011
128
36
Bike
Year
Points
Position
2021
80
41
2020
162
59
2019
157
87
2018
137
141
2017
116
198
2016
128
155
2015
128
138
2014
109
180
2013
115
106
2012
115
90
2011
91
102
Run
Year
Points
Position
2021
98
7
2020
202
3
2019
202
10
2018
183
20
2017
183
20
2016
182
20
2015
182
18
2014
112
102
2013
112
57
2012
104
56
2011
90
51
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