Sarah Graves

September Comeback Athlete of the Month 2018

Our Comeback Athletes are individuals that have had an injury, gone through the necessary recovery and have 'comeback' to play sports again. They have utilized one of our AMP physicians: Dr. Bentley, Dr. Elliott, Dr. Klepps, Dr. Phipps or Dr. Shenton, and used one of AMP's owning partners for some or all of their procedures or recovery: St. Vincent Healthcare, Ortho Montana and Yellowstone Surgery Center.

Highlights

Injury: Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction (SI Joint) - 2013

  • Sacroiliac joint dysfunction is improper movement of the joints at the bottom of the spine that connect the sacrum to the pelvis. It can result in pain in the low back and legs, or inflammation of the joints known as sacroiliitis.
  • Doctor: Benjamin Phipps, MD

Sports Timeline

Grade School

Sarah and her twin sister, Liana, participated in AAU Track in the 4th grade. Their brother was involved in it, therefore they were too. For all the Graves’ siblings, running has become a way of life for them to be active and healthy. Their older brother, Jay Graves is the Assistant XC Coach at Huntley Project.

High School

She participated in basketball, volleyball and track and field at Roundup High School. In track, she participated in the 400, 800, 300 Hurdles, 1600 Relay, and Pole Vault in its first year it was offered to female track athletes.

College

Sarah was a walk-on for the MSUB Cross Country team, participating for 4 years. While in college, although they didn’t know how to train for it, Sarah and some of her teammates participated in their first marathon race. A couple years later, after learning to train for it, they did it again. Her new goal became participating in the Boston Marathon.

After college / Amateur / Injury

In 2005 Sarah participated in her first Boston Marathon. She ran it again in 2008 and 2009. In 2008, she was 60 seconds off from qualifying for the Olympic Trials, so that became her new goal. In 2011 she ran 4 marathons to help her train in hopes of qualifying for it. In February 2012, she got to run in the Olympic Trials. After that, she decided to become an triathlon athlete. Sarah competed in three 1/2 Ironman races, with her new goal to make it to the Ironman World Championship race in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. In June 2013, one week before competing in Coeur d' alene for an Ironman race, she started having the SI joint pain. She competed in her race and won in her age group. This qualified her to run in the Ironman World Championship in October. After competing in the Ironman Worlds, she was unable to walk afterwards. She returned to Montana and saw Dr. Phipps. He diagnosed the problem and she began physical therapy, which resolved the issue.

Professional Athlete

Now, Sarah is a professional athlete, which means she can win prize money when she races. She continues to compete in half and full Ironman races, and between the two, does three a year. Her new race of choice, is the XTERRA Triathlon series, which is a three-sport races which includes swimming, mountain biking and trail running. Her training schedule rotates between Run/Bike (1.5 hrs/each), Run/Swim (1.5 hrs/each), Bike/Swim (1.5 hrs/each) four days a week, with the other days doing just one of them. Every tenth day, she has a full day of rest.

Employment

Sarah graduated from MSUB with a business degree in Accounting, and became a licensed CPA. She works at Mangis Accounting CPA, PC in Billings. The firm specializes in tax return preparation and auditing not-for-profits and construction companies.

Photo Credit: Alsa Photography

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