The 71-year-old Sandy Springs resident, a partner emeritus at Atlanta accounting firm Bennett Thrasher, has competed in a number of triathlons since taking up the sport — which includes swimming, cycling and running — four years ago.
Reagan particularly shone in her latest competition, winning the 70-74 age group at the REV3 Triathlon in Knoxville, Tenn., May 18.
She crossed the finish line with a time of 4 hours, 24 minutes in the Olympic distance event, which features a 0.9-mile swim, 25-mile bike ride and 6.2-mile run.
“It was a good race,” Reagan said. “I was thrilled that I finished.”
Reagan competed in the triathlon for Team in Training, which raises funds for leukemia research.
She raised more than $2,700 leading up to the race to donate to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
“This was the first Team in Training race that I’ve been in and they did a great job,” Reagan said. “The team raised $87,000 for research for blood cancers, and I can’t say enough nice things about Team in Training.”
Reagan has come a long way in her development as a triathlete since she took up the sport, having to learn how to swim in the process.
To develop her skills as a triathlete, she joined Atlanta-area triathlon club Dynamo Multisport.
“I decided about four years ago that I wanted to see if I could complete a triathlon,” Reagan said. “I couldn’t even put my face in the water, so I couldn’t even swim at all. I went over to Dynamo and tried to learn how to swim and panicked for the first three years, I guess. The fourth year, I didn’t panic.”
Along the way, Reagan received encouragement from Bennett Thrasher co-worker Haley Chura, an accomplished triathlete who was a collegiate swimmer at Georgia.
“She had been doing triathlons and that kind of piqued my interest,” Reagan said. “So I went to Haley and said, ‘I think I would like to do it,’ and she said, ‘Here’s a coach at Dynamo’ and she encouraged me to do it and she’s my biggest supporter.”
Reagan said she enjoys the sport and the support she receives at Dynamo.
“I love Dynamo,” Reagan said. “We have a great coach and a good group of people who are training to be the best they can be. It’s great exercise, it’s fun, it’s challenging and it’s a great accomplishment to finish one.
Reagan has taken part in two to three triathlons a year since she started, competing in both Sprint (0.5-mile swim, 12.4-mile bike ride and 3.1-mile run) and Olympic (0.93-mile swim, 24.8-mile bike ride and 6.2-mile run) distance triathlons.
She is now looking forward to competing in the USA Triathlon Age Group Nationals in Milwaukee, Wis., Aug. 9 and 10 and the ITU World Age Group Championships in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, Aug. 26 through Sept. 1.