Athlete of Week: Ironman Hunt has a baby on board

bauerhunt
The fact that Danielle Bauer Hunt completed a more than 140-mile Florida Ironman is impressive enough. The biggest feat was that she was competing for two.

Despite being 4 1/2 months pregnant, the 32-year-old Myrtle Beach resident swam 2.4 miles, ran a 26.2-mile marathon, and cycled 112 miles in the Florida Panhandle heat with child in tow. As a neonatal nurse and longtime runner, Hunt got the thumbs-up from her doctor and completed the course in just under 17 grueling hours with child in tow.

“My kid is going to have an awesome story,” joked Hunt, the Mammy’s Kitchen Athlete of the Week. “My doctor said not to race to win and to make sure my breathing and heart rate stayed within normal range. My only goal was to complete it, and I did it just under the cut-off (in 16:49:47). With the extra weight, it was harder than I thought.”

Coincidentally, this was not the first time Hunt has carried a child across the finish line. In her first Ironman at the Battleship North Carolina in Wilmington last year, she completed the course 3 hours earlier than her latest effort. She scooped up her first born, Finnly, and held him in her arms as she finished the feat for the first time.

The accomplishments are something the Conway native couldn’t have imagined before she picked up the sport of running while attending Erskine College. She met and married husband Brian through the sport, and she stepped up from running 5Ks for fun to serious training for marathons. Eventually even the 26.2-mile runs became jogs, so she took the next logical step, paddle and pedal to triathlons.

“When I started training more I met these incredible people in their 60s and 70s who were doing the Ironman,” Hunt said. “I thought, ‘If these people can do it, I have no excuse.’ My husband and I were planning on having children so the timing has to be right for the races. When I found out I was pregnant I was already training for the Florida Ironman. My doctor said since this is my norm it was absolutely fine.”

Hunt plans to take it easy, relatively speaking, until her second child is born. But she hopes to get back into her passion for running events for charity with fellow members of local running and triathlon clubs. She has competed in events to raise money to fight everything from MS to childhood obesity, and she already has her next race date set for six months after her due date.

“I’m already going stir crazy so I’m still going to jog and swim and do yoga just to stay sane,” said Hunt, who has scheduled her next Ironman for Sept. 2016. “I’ll be running pushing my baby stroller.”

Hunt’s multiple roles of mother, wife, nurse and athlete are a lot to juggle, but that’s exactly why she does it.

“That’s one of the most rewarding parts is showing other people, ‘Look what’s possible.’ If I can run an Ironman while I’m 4 1/2 months pregnant while being a full-time working mother, you can achieve anything you set your mind to.”

Even with a baby on board.

Comments

comments

CCU men, women score soccer shutouts on road

CCU men, women score soccer shutouts on roadThe Coastal Carolina men's soccer team had not played another [more]

Florence fallout again pulls plug on Friday night lights

Florence fallout again pulls plug on Friday night lightsHurricane Florence 2, Horry County Schools 0. That appears to be [more]

Strand golf courses race to re-open in wake of storm

Strand golf courses race to re-open in wake of stormMyrtle Beach area golf courses, spared the worst of Hurricane [more]

SCHSL extends season but plans for Strand still afloat

SCHSL extends season but plans for Strand still afloatThe SCHSL's executive committee voted unanimously Tuesday to extend the [more]

Pelicans Young, Swarmer claim Cubs' POY awards

Pelicans Young, Swarmer claim Cubs' POY awardsMyrtle Beach Pelicans infielder Jared Young was named the Chicago [more]

Chants blow out Camels in front of Hurricane Florence

Chants blow out Camels in front of Hurricane FlorenceJust four days removed and 142 miles away from its [more]

Coastal baseball signs first BA Top 25 recruiting class

Coastal baseball signs first BA Top 25 recruiting classFor the first time in Coastal Carolina baseball program history, [more]

Hurricane Florence throws local sports scene a curve

Hurricane Florence throws local sports scene a curveIn response to the impending arrival of Hurricane Florence and [more]

Coast FA brings home five titles from Rock Hill Classic

Coast FA brings home five titles from Rock Hill ClassicCoast FA returned to the beach with five championship and [more]

CF boys finish second, MB girls net third at CCU meet

CF boys finish second, MB girls net third at CCU meetThe Carolina Forest boys finished second and the Myrtle Beach [more]

Chants explode in second half to cruise past Blazers

Chants explode in second half to cruise past BlazersCoastal Carolina football used a number of big offensive plays [more]

No. 4 Seahawks light up scoreboard, beat Braves

No. 4 Seahawks light up scoreboard, beat BravesThe No. 4-ranked Myrtle Beach football team celebrated Neon Night [more]

No. 6 Chiefs struggle their way past revitalized Sharks

No. 6 Chiefs struggle their way past revitalized SharksWithout raising his voice, without screaming his face red or [more]

Panthers take big win over Hoggard to stay unbeaten

Panthers take big win over Hoggard to stay unbeatenJackson Weatherwax knew he had the ball. Late in the fourth [more]

Football Roundup: Tigers, Saints fall, remain winless

Football Roundup: Tigers, Saints fall, remain winless* Hartsville 35, Conway 0: The Tigers (0-4) remained winless [more]

Golf: Sharks top Seahawks; Panthers knock off Braves

Golf: Sharks top Seahawks; Panthers knock off BravesThe three-time reigning state champion St. James girls golf team [more]

Chants hungry for first win in home opener vs. Blazers

Chants hungry for first win in home opener vs. BlazersThe Coastal Carolina football team will open up its 2018 [more]

Volleyball: Tigers improve to 6-0 with win over Bruins

Volleyball: Tigers improve to 6-0 with win over BruinsThe Conway High volleyball team improved to 6-0 Thursday by [more]

Week 3 Previews & Picks: MB has old score to settle

Week 3 Previews & Picks: MB has old score to settleMyrtle Beach junior quarterback Luke Doty has had this week's [more]

Tennis: Lady Panthers open season with win over Aynor

Tennis: Lady Panthers open season with win over AynorThe Carolina Forest girls tennis team served up a victory [more]

Chants move up in polls after acing UAB tourney

Chants move up in polls after acing UAB tourneyAfter posting back-to-back shutouts, Coastal Carolina's Chris Datallo has been [more]

Golf: Sharks claim second place at Palmetto Preview

Golf: Sharks claim second place at Palmetto PreviewThe three-time defending state champion St. James girls golf team [more]

Braves, Lady Chiefs finish runners-up in XC openers

Braves, Lady Chiefs finish runners-up in XC openersMetrolina Christian Academy of Indian Trail (N.C.) swept the Chief [more]

Saints' season put on hold due to low numbers, youth

Saints' season put on hold due to low numbers, youthOne year after a breakthrough season, the Christian Academy of [more]

Close loss closes curtain on long season for Pelicans

Close loss closes curtain on long season for PelicansIn the final game of the 2018 season, the Myrtle [more]

CCU men, women score soccer shutouts on road

CCU men, women score soccer shutouts on roadThe Coastal Carolina men's soccer team had not played another [more]

Florence fallout again pulls plug on Friday night lights

Florence fallout again pulls plug on Friday night lightsHurricane Florence 2, Horry County Schools 0. That appears to be [more]

Comments are closed.

© 2018 Grand Strand Sports Report · RSS
Myrtle Beach Web Design
Kayaking in Myrtle Beach