When Eric Lujan steps up to the starting line of a triathlon, among the professional triathletes he’s certainly a stand out. Aside from being a vegetarian athlete and a thin 5’8″ frame, at 24 years old he’s considered very young to be competing at the pro lever, especially for a sport where the prime years to compete are from age 28-32. But this is no surprise to many. At age 20 Eric was invited to train for the United States Triathlon development team, which pulls from it’s ranks the Olympic team.
Eric competes in a variety of athletic events representing PROBAR® among other sponsors New Balance, Kaenon Polarized and the Tribe of Santa Ana. So far in 2007 he’s competed in the following events:
- Mountain Biking Hill Climb
- Mountain Trail Running Race
- Cycling Road Race
- Ultra Marathon
Growing up Eric was introduced to the sport of triathlon after seeing a commercial on tv at 10 years old for a kids triathlon in nearby Albuquerque, New Mexico. Although it would be 10 years before his next tri, the bug to compete had been planted. He swam competitively in high school setting state records. Since then he’s put together an impressive list of finishes in the past 4 years as a pro multi sport athlete.
Top Finished for Eric Lujan include:
- 1st – Mt. Taylor Duathalon (2005)
- 8th – XTerra Triathlon Japan (2004)
- 5th – Las Vegas Triathlon (2006)
- 11th – XTerra Triathlon Italy (2004)
- 1st – Santa Fe Hill Climb (2007)
- 1st – Stealth Triathon (2005)
- 2nd – New Mexico Premier Mtn Trail Race (2007)
More than anything Eric is a student of healthy living and eating, spending time running a nutrition and fitness coaching business along with donating time teaching younger athletes the ropes. He’s well known for always having fun and being upbeat. He’s even been known for partying well into the night with the Italians at the XTerra Italian Nationals.