A father-daughter triathlon combo from Tacoma each earned top four finishes in their age groups at the World Championships earlier this month in Budapest.
Doug Hill, 55, and Alycia Hill, 21, leave for Tuscaloosa on Thursday to compete for a spot in the 2011 World Championships in Beijing.
Doug, who has been competing in triathlons since 1985, won the bronze medal in his age group.
Alycia, a nursing major at Seattle University, finished fourth in her age group in Budapest.
“Given that she has two more years in her age group in which she should get even stronger she has a good shot at medaling in the next two World Championship races,” Doug said.
Triathlons have been a bit of a family tradition for the Hills.
In 1988, a week before Alycia was born, Doug was in Hawaii running the Ironman. He spent the days before the race reading baby-name books and debating Alycia’s name with his wife, Cathy.
“I liked watching him do triathlons,” Alycia told The News Tribune in 2006. “I always wanted to try it, because it looked like fun. But I didn’t think it would be this much fun.”
Alycia ran her fist triathlon in 2006. She has won the elite classification at the Fort Lewis triathlon series for the last four years.