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Ramirez adds to his triathlon wins at Blue Lake Park

2012 FGHS graduate pursues other athletic interests this summer

One of the top triathletes in the metropolitan area, Marco Ramirez of Forest Grove, won the 32nd annual MidSummer Triathlon at Blue Lake Park in Fairview July 31. NEWS-TIMES FILE PHOTO - Marco Ramirez, a 2012 Forest Grove High School grad, competes in a triathlon in 2013. He continued his winning ways July 31 at the MidSummer Triathlon & Sports Festival in Fairview.

Ramirez, 22, described the victory as one of the top wins of his of his career.

The recent Oregon State University kinesiology graduate also took third place in the highly competitive Hagg Lake Triathlon and Duathon last month. This summer has been an athletic capstone for Ramirez’s passion that sprang from running on the Forest Grove High School cross country and track teams.

I learned that I wasn’t great at one particular sport, but I was good at many sports,” he remembered.

And soon, the individual nature of the triathlon drew him in.

“I like teams sports in a non-competitive environment,” he said, “but when the chips are down, I want to be in an individual sport where I’m on my own — and if I lose, there’s no one to blame but myself.”

Ramirez has seldom lost a race locally, and has competed for the OSU Club team as far away as the USA Triathlete Collegiate Club National Championship in Clemson, S.C., and the Wildflower Triathlon in California, one of the top meets in Western United States.

Ramirez will take time off in the wake of his Blue Lake Park victory, exploring interests in rowing, rock climbing and trail running, activities he enjoys with his girlfriend, Rosie Steinbach, also a FGHS Class of 2012 graduate. Ramirez hopes to work as a professional trainer in the coming year and possibly attend graduate school in a related field at either Pacific University or George Fox University.

He also plans to compete in more triathlons.