It was only a few weeks ago that we announced Patti Neal’s promotion to senior vice president of development.
Today, we’d like to congratulate Patti on another incredible accomplishment.
After eight months of intensive training, Patti completed her first full Ironman competition in Louisville, Ky., on August 26. In addition to the 2.4 mile- swim in the Ohio River, she biked 112 miles and ran 26.2 miles, finishing the strenuous feat in an impressive 13 hours and 49 minutes.
On why she decided to take on the Ironman challenge, Patti says: “It’s something I’ve always wanted to do, ever since I was little.”
She has actually been preparing for this race for years, running her first marathon in 1997. She began competing in triathlons in 2007 and completed her first half Ironman in 2009.
“I’m happy with my race time and how I completed the race,” Patti said, also acknowledging this could be her last Ironman … at least for a while.
Though she completed the race smiling and laughing, Patti met a few challenges along the way, namely a black eye and a few bruises here and there.
When she’s not running and competing in triathlons, Patti stays busy leading various development projects at Carter. She has overseen several of the company’s largest projects and is currently managing all of the design and construction management for Columbus Commons, which just recently broke ground.
To see more of Patti’s Ironman experience, click here.