Triathlete needs your help now to get to Kona Ironman in honor of fallen PCH cyclist

Maybe you remember the case.

On October 13th of last year, triathlete Mari Echevarria was riding on PCH when her tire got caught in a seam in the pavement between the shoulder and the roadway. She lost control of her bike, and was thrown into the path of a Metro bus, and was killed.

Now a friend of hers is trying to qualify for the Kona Ironman, exactly 365 days after Mari was killed.

Jeopardy presenter Kelly Miyahara is asking for your vote to help her get there. But time is short; as I write this, there’s less than five hours left to cast your vote.

It’s a worthy cause, to honor someone who should still be with us. And all it will cost you is a single click.

One other note on a related subject.

The City of Malibu, where her death occurred, responded to the tragedy by working with Caltrans to seal the crack that caused her death. And then went up and down the entire length of PCH in the city to seal any other separations between the shoulder and the roadway to keep it from happening again.

It may have come too late to save Mari.

But it was the right thing to do, and they deserve credit for doing it.

Thanks to Alan Thompson for the heads-up.


  1. Thank you so much for this. I am just seeing it now, however I am so touched all the same! We did it! Team Mari won a slot to Kona and we’ll honor our friend at the IRONMAN World Championship! Thank you for your support, and for sharing Mari’s story, so the world may remember. Best…

    • bikinginla says:

      Good luck in Kona. And thank you for your efforts to honor Mari and keep her memory alive.

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