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Faith, family abate bucket for triathlete who travels with a lot of gear

BALTIMORE
(CNS) — World-class triathlete Katie Hursey Zaferes travels with a custom
bicycle and adequate examination rigging to outfit an whole gymnastics class.

How
does she abate her load?

With
liberal doses of faith and family.

When
Zaferes, 27, competes in a women’s triathlon Aug. 20 during a Olympics in Rio
de Janeiro, she’ll paint not usually a United States, though a vast extended
family in Carroll County, one that includes an absent cousin.

Zaferes
was baptized during St. John Church in Westminster and lifted in St. Bartholomew Parish
in Manchester, where her parents, Bill and Mary Lynn Hursey, have been members
since a 1990s.

“The
Hurseys are a conspicuous family, we baptized their youngest (Karly) a first
month we arrived in Carroll County,” pronounced Father Michael Roach, clergyman of St.
Bartholomew. “They’re a true family, always during Sunday Mass. You wish you
had a hundred families like them.”

Zaferes
recalled being an active member in a girl method destined by Linda
Sterner.

“The
youth organisation picnics and trips were my favorite,” she wrote in an email to the
Catholic Review, a news opening of a Archdiocese of Baltimore. “It’s a
community full of adore and support, that’s a best partial about St. Bart’s. I
always demeanour brazen to going behind home and observant everybody during Mass.”

There
have been few opportunities for that given 2007, when she graduated from North
Carroll High School and headed to Syracuse University on a lane and field
scholarship.

Zaferes
answered questions from Banyoles, Spain, where she was completing her Olympic
preparation. She and her husband, Tommy, also a pro triathlete, make their home
in Santa Cruz, California, though their careers keep them on a highway 9 months
a year.

“One
of my favorite rituals,” she wrote, “is when my father and we urge together
before bed. One of us will start, afterwards a other will fill in anything that the
other one might have missed. Sometimes we learn things about my husband’s day, or
even life, usually by listening to him pray.”

Their
intentions continue to embody her third cousin, Jacob Offutt.

In
December 2014, 6 months after he had graduated from St. John School in
Westminster, Jacob was diagnosed with a singular form of mind cancer. He was a
second-degree black belt in karate, and a “Jake’s Kickin’ It” debate included
photos of Zaferes in that poise during a initial half of 2015, a year in which
she competed in England, New Zealand, Sweden, South Africa and a United Arab
Emirates.

“We
started holding cinema of ourselves and a friends ‘kickin’ it’ around the
world,” Zaferes said. “We wanted to uncover Jake that there were many of us
fighting with him.”

Forced
to repel from his beginner year during Winters Mill High School, Jacob died July
13, 2015.

“Katie’s
not usually a good athlete, she’s a kind and demure person,” pronounced Joe
Offutt, Jake’s father. “Jake looked adult to her. Her accomplishments and travels
were a good daze for him.”

Offutt
is a initial cousin to Zaferes’ mother, who prays for her daughter’s reserve in an
endeavor which, during a Olympics, consists of a 1.5-km. swim, 40-km. bike ride
and 10-km. run.

Mary
Lynn Hursey followed online a swell of a 2014 triathlon in Cape Town, South
Africa, where Zaferes mislaid her mechanism timing chip and her mother’s mind raced
to a sharks offshore.

“I
had that fear,” Mary Lynn Hursey said. “She mislaid her chip and her name wasn’t
coming up, and I’m asking, ‘Where is my child?’ … I’m always praying for Katie,
before, during and after a competition. we urge for her safety. The biking is a
scary thing. When we see a DNF (did not finish) … your mind races.”

Triathlon’s
open-water swimming will be conducted in a notoriously soiled waters of Rio
de Janeiro, where “Team Katie” will embody her parents.

Zaferes
was an age-group swimmer and had a 1,600-meter best of 4 minutes, 57 seconds in
high propagandize track, though she didn’t respond to a recruiting representation from USA
Triathlon until nearby a finish of her collegiate using days.

Faith
played a partial there, too.

While
earning a bachelor’s grade in earthy preparation during Syracuse, she baby-sat for
Ashley and Rick Kelley, whose 5 children embody 4 adopted from Ethiopia.
Zaferes recounted a pivotal Sunday with them and Msgr. J. Robert Yeazel, pastor
of Holy Cross Church in Genesee, New York.

“I
remember one sold Mass, when we was determining either or not we was going to
commit to triathlon,” she said. “The whole homily, we felt like a clergyman was
speaking to me. He was observant that infrequently we need to get out of your comfort
zone and try new things.”


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McMullen
is handling editor of a Catholic Review, a news website and repository of the
Archdiocese of Baltimore.

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