With so many entries, this was a tough decision but ultimately there can only be one winner.
And the winning entry goes to…Barry Faust of Orefield, PA!!!!
Big thank you to all who submitted their awesome stories about how IRONMAN has changed their lives for the better! There are still a few tickets available to the Broadcast Premiere Viewing Party and you can purchase them here.
Here is Barry’s winning entry:
I participated in my first triathlon, a local sprint August 2007, on my 29th wedding anniversary. August 2009, I completed my first Ironman event: Ironman Louisville, and I was hooked. Since then I have completed (4) other Ironman events and (15) 70.3’s., highlighted by IM 70.3 World Championship in Zell am See, with my wife Cindy.I truly agree Ironman is a lifestyle, In 2016, I joined Team BllueLine racing. We race to raise awareness and money for the families of law enforcement officers killed or seriously injured in the line of duty. In 2016 we went to cheer other team members participating in IM Chattanooga, and had the opportunity to meet the Freeman family, whose husband was killed in the line of duty May 2016. We met the family: wife – Jessica, her mother – Tammy, children – Braden and Blaiklyn. It was truly an amazing experience bonding with 8-year-old Blaiklyn and developing a relationship with the family that exists today so strong. They believe we are a silver lining in their tragic event, and I say they have so changed my outlook on life. And I have Ironman to thank for that. Each race Team BlueLine members cross the finish line with the BlueLine flag honoring law enforcement officers. I said I met the family in Chattanooga and bonded with Baiklyn during the race and while waiting during the race she taught me to do cartwheels. In honor of her I finish each race with the flag and a cartwheel at the finish line. I am 60 years old and doing a cartwheel alone is hard enough but after an Ironman event “Anything is Possible”
I turned 60 this past January and I had this crazy idea that I would do (4) Ironmans and (3) 70.3’s. Ironman – Boulder, Mt Tremblant, Chattanooga, and Cozumel. 70.3’s – Texas, Muncie and Lake Placid, and work on my way to a legacy spot in the future. I was able to complete IM 70.3 Texas, IM Boulder, IM 70.3 Muncie, before I started to develop severe pain in my hips. It is because of training and Ironman I think I still have a good prognosis. Since having the hip pain, I obtained a MRI and was diagnosed as having Bone Cancer, which originated in my Kidney and metastasized into the bones. If not for having the pain in the hips from training I would never have known the tumor on the kidney was growing and could have been a silent killer. I have since had the kidney and tumor removed and am receiving treatment for the bone cancer. I am hoping after treatment to get back to training and continue participating in Ironman events. On November 15, 2017 I received results from a recent CAT Scan indicating progress with the treatment, where significant new healing bone growth was shown in the spots where cancer had been observed. I am registered for Ironman Lake Placid in 2018 and probably will be deferring to 2019, but I also am registered for Ironman 70.3 Lake Placid in 2018 and hope to be able to participate.
I truly believe the Ironman lifestyle and having a goal to get back to Ironman is a true blessing.
I close in saying Thank you. “ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE”
Barry L. Faust