Ali spent most of her childhood standing on her hands and flipping as a competitive gymnast. Though injury and burnout took her from the sport by age 14, this is where the basis of her athleticism and competitiveness was built. She transitioned from gymnastics to diving easily, where she placed third at the Utah State High School 5A Championships as a freshman. In college Ali discovered running, which she fell in love with and used as a tool to keep her healthy and fit through those baby years. From 2000-2006, she gave birth to three daughters and one son, running a marathon in between each child. After her fourth child, she was introduced to triathlon and quickly saw her talent. In 2009 she raced short course locally and close to home, and in 2010 took the jump to half and full Ironman. She qualified for Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii at her first attempt in 2010, then again in 2011 and 2012 – every Ironman she started as an amateur – and is now looking to qualify again, this time as a 38 year old, wife and mom of 4, professional triathlete. Ali loves to play with her kids and husband, travel, swim, bike, run, ski, hike, laugh and eat good food.
Salt Lake City, Utah
Top career highlights:
At the 2012 Ironman World Championships I finished on the podium in my Age Group, and in the top 10 Amateurs in the world, which sealed the deal in my taking the step to Professional racing.
If you could go anywhere in the world where would you go and why?
I’ve wanted to go to Australia ever since the Sydney Olympics. I would love to explore as much as I could on my bike and in the great outdoors.
What’s your favorite party trick?
There’s nothing I love to do more than laugh. If I can get a good laugh going til we cry, even if its at my own expense, I’ll do it!
Whats your favorite song to sing in the car?
Don Henley, Boys of Summer
What’s your life long dream?
To race in Kona as a pro
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