Last weekend, Barbara Warren, one of the best triathletes in her age group, was in a bike crash at the Santa Barbara, California, triathlon around mile 34. As a result, she was paralyzed from the neck down and breathing with a ventilator. She communicated to her family that she wanted the ventilator turned off. After questioning her many times, her family complied. She died Tuesday night.
Barbara Warren raced at the Ford Ironman Triathlon World Championship in Hawaii 13 times. She won her age group in 2003 and finished in the top five eight times.
Her athletic realm stretched far beyond the Big Island and triathlon’s most famous race. In 2001, Warren and Drake set a two-person age-group record in the Race Across America. Alternating riding bikes, the twins covered 2,983 miles in nine days, 13 hours.
Warren competed in the Marathon des Sables, a seven-day race across the Sahara Desert, and raced a triple Ironman in France, requiring 50 hours to finish a 7.2-mile swim, 336-mile bike and 78.6-mile run.
You can read about her here:
- Endurance sports legend Barbara Warren dies, Slowtwitch.cm
- “Remembering the amazing Barbara Warren” by Lee Gruenfeld
- “Endurance sports lose one of legendary twins” by Don Norcross, San Diego Tribune
- Barbara Warren: 2001 Age-group profiles, USA