My name is Laura Drake Cole. I'm a 47 year old Triathlon Coach & Public Defender/Criminal Defense Attorney.


One of my favorite sayings is “Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t, you are right”

In 2016, at Ironman Florida, I qualified for the Ironman World Championships to be held in October 2017 in Kona Hawaii - this marks my 11th qualification for Kona!" I had missed the slot by 20-something seconds at Ironman Coeur d'Alene in August, 2016, so I was thrilled with my result.

I was also 5th in my AG at IM Canada (Whistler) on a VERY tough course.

In May of 2017,  I raced Ironman 70.3 Gulfcoast in Panama City; I was 5th in my Age Group, which allowed me a spot on the podium.

On June 25, 2017, I qualified at Ironman 70.3 Coeur d'Alene for the Ironman 70.3 World Championship to be held September 9, 2017 in Chattanooga, TN. I am now qualified for the Double Worlds - 70.3 and Full Ironman distance!

I won 1st female overall in the Spring Lake 5k, with a time of 21.25. 21.25 was the same time I have had the previous 4 times I won! This is a tough course. The 1st 4/5 of a mile are on twisty, root-filled single-track trail with soft sand. The course then goes onto the road, and it's either straight up, or down for the next 2 miles. The last bit is flat, with an uphill finish. It starts at 8AM so it is also HOT with little shade. I was 6th overall.

Triathlon Highlights include:

(note: IM = Ironman)

  • 2nd IM Canada

  • 3rd IM Lake Placid

  • 3rd IM Brazil

  • 5th IM Japan

  • 5th IM Germany

  • 6th IM Austira (PR 9:38:41)

  • 11 Kona Ironman World Championship Qualifications including 1st Age Group (1999) & 5th AG (1996)

  • 1st Dannon Duathlon (ATL)

  • 3rd Cleveland Olympic distance

  • 2nd Powerman Alabama

  • 1st American/9th Female World Long Course Duathlon

  • 5th Santa Rosa Sprint

  • 4th St. Croix Half-IM

  • 4 USAT Long Course National Champion (overall female)

  • USAT Long Course Duathlon Regional Champion (overall female)

  • USAT Olympic Distance National Champion (overall female)

  • Overall Female St. Anthony’s Olympic Distance (PR 2:08:00)

  • Gatorman Triathlon Series Winner (sweep of 3 overall wins in 3 races)

  • Overall Amateur Female IM New Zealand

  • Overall Female Madeira Beach Triathlon

  • Overall Female FL Challenge Half-IM

Running Specific Highlights include:

  • 1st Gasparilla 15K (1999; 2000-PR 52:58; 2001)

  • 1st Gasparilla 5K (2001-17:24) Won 15K & 5K same day

  • 1st Gasparilla Challenge 2006 (15K + 5K + 13.1M)

  • 2nd /Top Master Gasparilla Challenge 2013

  • 13th Female/3 rd American/1 st Georgian Peachtree 10K (35:51)

  • 3rd AG USAF Marathon 2015

  • 2nd OAF Green River, WY Marathon (Held at 6000’+ elevation)

  • 2nd AG/6th OAF Disney Marathon 2006 (3:07) (Team Florida’s Finest)

  • 15 Picnic Island Adventure Run Wins (Tampa, FL)

  • 1st OAF ATC ATL Marathon & CR (2:54:13) 2001; 1 st OAF in 2000 & 2nd OAF in 1999

About Laura

On March 11th 2017

"Laura Drake Cole represented New Balance Tampa Masters Team in Oldsmar, Florida at the Armadillo 10k and took Top Master & 2nd Female! Way to go Laura!" - NB Tampa

On March 25th 2017

"New Balance Tampa’s own Laura Drake Cole ran in the 36th Annual Driscoll’s Strawberry Classic. Laura finished the 5k with a time of 20:43 making her 1st Master and 2nd OF. On the 10k, Laura took 1st Master AGAIN and 4th OF with a time of 44:24! (Insert congratulatory emojis here!) For the 15K Challenge, Laura placed 2nd Female and of course 1st Master!" - NB Tampa