The Longmont Triathlon is just a few days away. Colorado’s longest running triathlon has long been a favorite of locals, seasoned athletes, first time triathletes, kids and so many more.
Several years ago, local business owners and sponsors of the Longmont Triathlon wanted to showcase and honor more than just those who ‘won the race’ and ‘won their age groups’. Everyone has a story that got them to the start line. Here are a few of those stories.
Tiffany H., Most memorable/inspiring Longmont Triathlon experience
March 25, 2016 my (then) 10 year old son was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor, medullo blastoma. In the past 14 months he has endured 4 surgeries, 30 days of radiation and 9 cycles of chemo.
Running is my therapy and I wake in the dark and run the stress & anxiety away. I haven’t been able to get to the pool except twice a month ago – there is always a drs appointment to get in the way.
So, when I wanted to give up, I remember my son and the endurance and fortitude, persistence and tenacity . . .and just keep thinking one more stroke, one more lap, one more step. As God has sustained him, He will sustain me.
For His Glory
Marilyn B., Most memorable/inspiring Longmont Triathlon experience
I’ve done the Longmont Triathlon several times with my twin daughters (Kara & Dani). The 1st time or two we did it as a team ( I remember Kara nursing her 2 month old baby before she did the swim). After we started doing it as individuals, we usually had more fun training than we did actually racing. I’m not very fast, but as I’ve gotten older, I’ve apparently outlived some of my competition because I’ve occasionally gotten awards.
In 2012 I had back surgery and have used triathlon as a way to motivate myself to stay active. This year is my first time back to this triathlon and my first time to do it without either daughter (one is in France, the other in Russia). So, I will be hearing their voices, especially on the run, saying, ‘C’mon Mom, you can do it.’ And I will picture my grand-kids, 6 of them, cheering me from the playground equipment as I run by. I’m just happy to be able to compete now that I’m ‘old’ (70).
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