As an all-around athlete, Bronda Starling's career spanned over many years to include playing racquetball, running and playing as much softball as possible. She was introduced to duathlons in 1998 when she ran the first Daylight Du; in that same year she competed in the Boston Marathon and the 25 mile Pikes Peak Assent in Palo Duro.
In 1999 she competed in 7 Duathlons, 7 bike rallies, and the Hotter 'n Hell bike tour. In 2000 she and her husband, Ron, became race officials and worked with the USAT South Midwest Region staff. Bronda was also the SMW council secretary and chair of the Rankings committee on the South Midwest Council in charge of athlete rankings. From 2000 through 2007, Bronda competed in National and World championships in both triathlon and duathlon. These included:
• 2000 in Nation Du championship and World Championships in Calais, France
• 2001 National and Worlds in Remini, Italy
• 2005 Du Nationals in Ohio and World Championship in Australia
• 2006 Du Nationals, Tri Nationals, and World Championship in Newfoundland
• 2007 Du worlds in Gyor, Hungary
Through these years her abilities were supported through Thruston Racing, allowing her to compete in 5, 10, and 15K races and many duathlons. What many of her friends and fellow duathletes remember and love the most is her smiling face handing while handing out the awards after these events. While the multi-sport events were important to her, Bronda also enjoyed participating in local races in East Texas, including the Tyler Azalea Trail and the White Rock Marathon.
In July of 2007, Bronda Starling found out she had brain cancer. After her diagnosis, she kept her faith and kept busy by training and racing. Through all of her struggles “She fought a good fight, she finished her course, and She kept the faith” She had a life filled with her loving husband Ron, a wonderful family, and supportive friends.
She lost her fight with cancer on July 8, 2008. We lost a dear precious friend, a wife, a daughter and a leader in our multi-sport community.