904's FittestIssue 03 • June 2012

904’s Fittest: Jennifer Hanley-Pinto

Nickname: JC
Age: 34
Birthday: June 30th
Height: 5’5″
Weight: 120 lbs

Jennifer Hanley-Pinto (JC for short) is a local runner/triathlete whose accolades include female champion at several large half-marathons, age group wins in Olympic and half-ironman triathlons, and overall female champion in sprint triathlons. You can find JC at the front of the pack in group runs or putting the hammer down on group bike rides. If you see a blonde streak go by you, that is probably her doing a speed-work session. In the pool, on a bike, or on the road, JC is a natural athlete with solid work ethic and results to prove it.

JC does not take her talents lightly, and pushes herself to limits some would find uncomfortable. Although one of our area elite athletes, she is very down-to-earth and realizes her talents are a gift. She is willing to offer advice and share her passion with novices and elite athletes alike.

Race Schedule

Ironman Coure’dAlene
June 24th, 2012

Hyvee Olympic
September 2nd, 2012

Triathlon Race Results

2012 St Anthony’s Olympic 02:19:01

2011 Nautica South Beach
Elite Age Group Champion

2010 70.3 Ironman Augusta 2nd Amateur Women

2009 Ironman World Championship Finisher

2008 70.3 Ironman World Championship
5th place Age Group 25-29

8 x Beaches Fine Arts Sprint Triathlon Female Champion

Running Race Results

2011 Men’s Health Urbanathlon Chicago
Female Champion

2011 Disney Princess
Half Marathon Champion

2010 Palm Beaches
Half Marathon Champion

5 x Pensacola New Journal Double Bridge 15k Champion (2000-2005)

4 x Pensacola New Journal Double Bridge 15k
Runner-up (2007-2011)

3 x Boston Marathon
Finisher (2001, 2002, 2006)

Q Who are your top 3 heros?

A Chrissie Wellington, the firefights/police men of 9/11, and Jesus.

Q How about one fictional?

A She-ra was always my favorite growing up!

Q You mentioned that your husband is a great biker and runner but you can only convince him about once a year to do a tri. Does he beat you when he does?

A My husband ran in college and was a Conference Champion his Senior year in Cross Country. He has run the River Run in under 52 minutes. Any race that’s less than 15km he destroys me but any race 1/2 marathon or longer, I hold all the family records. In triathlon, he has competed in 3 races. He has yet to beat me in any of those races. He claims he only needs to do one third of the training I do to keep up with me!

Q This morning you went for a 5 hour bike ride. You had to be hungry when you were done. What did you eat? What did you want to eat?

A Today after the 5 hours cycling I also did 30 minute run and was in a rush to meet up with you, so I grabbed a Protein recovery shake and drank on the drive over. I usually try to get a protein shake or some chocolate milk in within 30 minutes of finishing a long ride. During today’s ride I kept smelling breakfast (eggs, bacon, french toast) and I wanted to stop everytime, for some reason breakfast just smelled SO good today. My favorite post ride meal usually consists of salty french fries and a cold coca-cola. Not the most healthy recovery food, but the salt and sugar seem to make a big difference for me!

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