Alyx Ulbrich

by Aya Ichihashi
Stars and Stripes

CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa — A Marine Corps spouse on Okinawa has set her sights on beating the American record for a grueling invitation-only race that requires competitors to swim, bike and run a combined 1,406 miles within 13 days.

Alyx Ulbrich, 30, is among 16 athletes from around the world — and only five from the United States — competing in the inaugural Decaman USA race Nov. 6 in New Orleans.

Participants in her category — known as “Classic DECA” — will start off by swimming 24 miles in a 50-meter pool at the University of New Orleans. That will be followed by a 1,120-mile bike ride and a 262-mile run at Fontainebleau State Park.

Compare that to a typical Ironman race, which consists of a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bike ride and a 26.2-mile run with no break. Decaman USA also has a 1x10 category requiring competitors to finish one Ironman race a day for 10 days in a row.

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