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October 10, 1986 - Image 37

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1986-10-10

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Jan Jacobs
has covered

Jacobs rides her bicycle 130 miles a week.

Jacobs always wants to take what she does one step further.

or the first 21 years of her life,
Jan Jacobs was not a competitive
athlete, and never hoped to be. She
did not play for any high school
team; she was on the sidelines as a
This same woman was on Hilton
Head Island, South Carolina, Sept.
27, to swim nine-tenths of a mile,
dash out of the water onto a bicycle,
pedal 24.8 miles, then hop off her
bike and run 6.2 miles.
The formerly non-competitive
Jacobs, 28, was one of 1,400 men
and women to qualify for the United
States Triathlon Series national
championship, one of many athletic
accomplishments she has posted
since she took up jogging at age 21.
Her natural athletic ability and her
delight in running lit a competitive
volcano which had lain dormant
those first 21 years. It led her to the
triathlon, and to other events, such
as the more grueling "tinman"
competition (1.2-mile swim, 56-mile

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