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an image Bryce Fluker grew up in the small east Texas town of Marshall amongst a family of distance runners. Both parents ran marathons, his father coached cross-country for 13 years, and was a Southern Methodist University walk-on scholarship hurdler, and his sister ran several years of cross-country from middle school through college. Bryce was taught to run the hurdles in the third grade by his father, but was not able to practice this sport until the 7th grade when hurdles were finally offered. Until this point he ran what seemed to be distance in the mile, two mile, and an occasional local 5K fun run, but really didn’t enjoy it that much back then even with placing high in his age group. After one year of cross-country in the 7th grade he told his father he wanted to stick to soccer and hurdles at that time. In high school Bryce competed in the 110M and 300M hurdles as well as the mile relay in track, played several different positions in football, started off with a couple of years in basketball, and then dabbled the last two years with some power lifting and swimming.

Upon graduation Bryce went on scholarship to Texas Tech University and dove into the architecture program and, for the first time in his life, did very little athletic activity. After one 5-day stint of no sleeping at all in architecture he gave up that major and went into Exercise & Sport Sciences eventually obtaining his Bachelor of Science. For the last three and a half years of college, Bryce worked as a lifeguard, supervisor, and instructed CPR, life guarding, and swim lessons at the Aquatic Center at Texas Tech. It was here supervising that one of the regulars eventually talked Bryce into doing his first super sprint triathlon there that he had actually life guarded over the year before. Once completed he was asked to join the triathlon team, there and then the addiction began. The rest is history.

Now Bryce resides in Longview, Texas and is personal training and teaching spin classes at a local hospital-based gym. In 2010 he medalled at all but two of the 22 races competed in ranging from 5K’s to Half-Ironman races. Two of the highlights from 2011 were competing in the brutal Marines Half-Ironman World Championship in Henderson, Nevada as well as being named one of USATriathlon’s ‘Top Guns’. For the 2012 season Bryce plans to get more serious about his training in hopes of placing top 3 overall at the majority of the local sprint and Olympic tri’s and focus on placing high in his age group at the Galveston and Buffalo Springs 70.3’s to secure a spot at the World Championship 70.3 again. By 2020 he has a lofty goal of being top 10 in Kona at the Ironman World Championship as a pro.