Ted Wheeler is not your average state treasurer.
When the Oregon treasurer — who sits on the Oregon Investment Council, Tigard, which runs the $59.7 billion Oregon Public Employees Retirement Fund, Salem — wants to relieve stress, he puts on a pair of running shoes and hits the road. That is, when he is not swimming or biking.
Mr. Wheeler, who just won his bid for re-election, has been competing in triathlons since 1990, including two Ironman World Championship triathlons in Hawaii. This summer, Mr. Wheeler competed in the Blue Lake triathlon, Pacific Crest triathlon and Hagg Lake Triathlon.
“When you run in an incredibly competitive crowd, you know you're going to get hit with some elbows and sometimes get knocked down,” Mr. Wheeler said in an e-mail. “So I like to relax and relieve stress by competing in triathlons.”
Mr. Wheeler's latest triumph was placing 17th out of 374 overall and first in the 50-54 age group in the Portland (Ore.) Triathlon on Sept. 22.
Triathlons aren't his only physical outlet. Mr. Wheeler has climbed Mount Everest three times, reaching the summit in 2002.
This article originally appeared in the November 12, 2012 print issue as, "Stressed out? Try a triathlon to relieve it".