Bismarck Triathlete | VideoAlexander Gorney | 10/25/2012
Molnar doesn`t just excel in just one sport, try three of them. That`s because Molnar is a tri-athlete.
"With triathlons, it`s not just about running. You`ve got to find time to swim and swimming is a very time consuming activity and so is biking. So it definitely takes dedication time that you are not going to spend at home," he said.
Molnar came to the United States in 2008 from Hungary. As a part of the Dickinson State track and field team, he qualified for the NAIA National championships in the marathon. But it was during his time at DSU that he discovered a passion for triathlons.
"In 2009 is when I didn`t run XC but I still felt I had to do something so I did the Dickinson triathlon."
Working as a lifeguard and using the stationary bikes before and after class propelled him into winning the race. Since then, he`s taken his three-sport hobby to the extreme, competing in the Xterra off-road triathlon series up and down North America.
"It wouldn`t be Xterra if it wasn`t inhumanely challenging, you`re going up and down lava fields. Going down on hills 30 or 40 miles per hour and dodging boulders."
After finishing first in his age group in races in Mexico and Canada, the 28-year old earned his spot in the world championships in Kapalua, Hawaii. The race will consist of a 1,500 meter swim, 30-kilometer bike ride and 10k run. He does this things while also working as a coach and instructor at United Tribes Technical College.
"He`s really an example for the students. He`s out on the bike. He`s in the pools, he`s out on the blacktop running. As a coach and instructor here, students can see that his competitiveness in sports is something they can aspire to," said UTTC Strengthening Lifestyles Director Marcus Austin.
"There is nothing that an athlete can ask for than to motivate and change people`s lives for the better by showing as an example that this is one way to live. This is one way to live healthy," Molnar said.
When Molnar suits up for the world championship, it won`t be all about what place he comes in.
"I just want to get out there and finish and be proud of what I`ve accomplished."
Molnar says that he and the other competitors will face eight to nine foot swells during the swimming portion of the race when he competes this Saturday. You can check to see how he does by going towww.xterralive.com/worlds/# and select his name in the tab.