World-class Triathlete Lucia Colbert ’81 Inducted Into Memphis Amateur Sports Hall of Fame

image of Lucia Colbert holding a plaque, standing next to her husband
Lucia Colbert and her husband Bert

Rhodes alumna Lucia Colbert ’81 recently was inducted into the Memphis Amateur Sports Hall of Fame. The 52nd Annual Induction Banquet was held March 20 at the Hilton Hotel.

In off-road or XTERRA races, Colbert has won three world championships as a triathlete (swimming, cycling, and running) and eight U.S. national championships. The XTERRA races require competitors to complete a 1-mile open water swim, followed by a 19-mile bike ride, and ending with a 6-mile trail run.  

In 2022, Colbert won the USA Triathlon Gravel National Championships in the F65-69 age group.

At Rhodes, Colbert majored in art and was captain of the tennis team her junior and senior year. She was the college’s first women’s tennis player to qualify for the National Women’s Collegiate Tennis Tournament. In 2000, she was inducted into the Rhodes Athletics Hall of Fame and named Female Athlete of the Millennium by The Commercial Appeal. She is co-author of The Everything Triathlon Training Book published in 2009.

Today, Colbert is a member of the Los Locos multi-sport racing team based in Memphis, and she continues to train to compete in triathlons.  

The Memphis Amateur Sports Hall of Fame aims to honor and remember those who have made influential contributions to their sport and to call attention to the value of amateur and professional sports in the Memphis Metro area.