Meet Lauren “Lou” Barnett

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_MG_2147They call me “Lou.” Originally from St. Louis, I was your typical “tomboy.” My days were filled with outside activities, sports, sprained ankles and dirty knees. When my sister, who is ten years younger than me, was learning to talk she had a difficult time pronouncing my name. Instead of Lauren, she called me “Lou.” That nickname has stuck with me ever since. And that’s why, “they call me Lou.” I competed in my first triathlon after college-on a borrowed mountain bike wearing a baggy cotton t-shirt and long, red shorts. But, that race changed the course of my life. In 2010, I fully committed to triathlon training. And that training paid off. That year, I raced in the coveted World Championship Ironman in Kona. In 2011, as an Age Group racer, I finished every triathlon on the podium. In 2012, I raced an undefeated season as an Elite Amateur and in 2013 I turned PRO. I started my PRO career with a top 5 finish at a big stage event, beaten only by three Olympians, and shortly thereafter, I secured my first PRO win. Within only two years I’ve become a highly respected triathlete who is known for my consistency in winning races.

Lauren “Lou” Barnett

BIRTH DATE: November 17, 1984 HGT/WGT: 5’6”/ 125 lbs USAT STATUS:

  • PRO Division/USAT All-American Honors
  • 2012 USAT Age Grouper of the Year Honorable Mention


  • Podium at the PRO level in every race
  • Increase awareness of sponsors through my racing success, website, social media and news articles

2013 Results

  • Undefeated Elite Amateur since July 2012
  • August-Took PRO Card
  • Trifecta Triathlon First PRO lst place finish lst Female PRO, 2:ll:30
  • LifeTime Chicago PRO level debut (4th Female PRO, 2:08:20)
  • Lake Stevens 70.3 (lst Female Elite Amateur, 3rd Overall, 4:29:0l)
  • 5l50 St. Louis (lst Female Elite Amateur, 4th Overall, 2:l0:20)
  • Lifetime CapTex (lst Female Elite Amateur, 6th overall, 2:08:33)
  • Kemah Aquathlon (bike canceled) (lst Female Elite Amateur, 3rd Overall, l:06:l3)
  • Galveston 70.3 (lst Female Elite Amateur, 8th Overall, 4:24:0l)

2012 Results

  • Toyota US Open Olympic – Dallas (lst Female Elite Amateur, 2:10:27)
  • River Cities (lst Female Elite Amateur, 1:19:01)
  • PlayTri Olympic (lst Female Elite Amateur, lst Overall, 2:03:40)
  • Memphis in May 5150 (2nd Female Elite Amateur, 5th Overall, 2:05:37)
  • Vineman 70.3 (lst Age Group, 2nd Female Amateur, 4:35:43)
  • Galveston 70.3 (lst Age Group, 3rd Female Amateur, 4:38:25)

Running Results (2009-2013)

  • Austin 3M Half – Jan 2013 (3rd Overall Female: 1:19:05)
  • MetroPCS Dallas Half – Dec 20l2 (lst Age Group, 4th Overall Female: 1:22:59)
  • DRC Half – Nov 20l2 (lst Age Group, 4th Overall Female: 1:24:19)
  • Dallas Marathon Dec 2009 (Boston Qualifier in 3:30:46)

_MG_2130TRAINING: Average of l6 hours per week with: 4 swims p/week.5 bikes p/week.5 runs p/week. Olympic and half ironman focused training blocks. Favorite workout, Track – 5 x l mile repeats. EDUCATION: University of Missouri: Honors College – Magna Cum Laude EMPLOYMENT: Innovation 360: Marketing Coordinator       Publicity

  • Dallas Morning News (Sept 2013) Local Triathletes Shine On and Off Road
  • Dallas Morning News (July 2013) Feature Story: Amateur Not Afraid of PROs
  • Living Fit Magazine (Oct. 2012) Feature Story: PowerCouples
  • Phast Times News (October, 2012) FeaturedAthlete
  • Dallas Morning News (Sept 2012) Barnett Earns Bronze
  • Living Fit Magazine (Sept 2012) Photo: “River Cities Tri Celebrating the Win
  • Shreveport Times (August 2012) Ted Zderic, Lauren Barnett claim River Cities Triathlon titles
  • Hyvee Championship Website profile
  • The Dallas Morning News (July 2012) Fun may turn into a job for triathlete from The Colony
  • Triathlon Life Magazine Cover (Fall issue)
  • USA Triathlon (Spring 2013, Vol. 16, Issue 2, page 56) Athletes of the Year

For more information on Mile High Multisport’s sponsorhsip of Lauren, please contact Coach Pete Alfino at

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Pete Alfino is a level II USAT certified coach and the owner of Mile High Multisport. An accomplished triathlete who has completed 4 Ironman races, he has successfully coached triathletes of all ages and abilities from sprint to Ironman races. You may contact pete at to learn more about the triathlon coaching services he provides via Mile high Multisport.

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