I am thankful of all that I was able to accomplish over these past 2 years. I went from not being able to swim 25 yards in a pool without wanting to stop in January 2015 to swimming 1.2 miles in the ocean at Beach2Battleship 70.3 that October. I participated in 12 events throughout the year, as well as acting as race director for an event to benefit Shriners Hospitals for Children. I know none of that would have been possible without the great support of my family and friends especially those of the Triad Triathlon Team and the Greensboro Shrine Club. What was initially started as a slow crawl to my 1st 70.3 was thrown into overdrive when my friend Paula was forced to restart her battle with cancer in Feb 2015, this time as lung and liver cancer, and my teenage son Jacob battled anxiety and depression. I am reminded each day that my struggles in life and during my events/training pale in comparison to what they and others are going through, and that my faith in God will help us overcome.

In June of 2016 Paula crossed the finish/start line with her cancer. She exceeded all expectations as she courageously ran this race with more dignity, respect and perseverance than anyone could imagine. That September my destination race was in the extreme heat of Ironman Augusta 70.3.  My race did not go as planned, but thankful for all those that I met during that journey.   I will continue to honor all those individuals that are running their own personal health marathons or triathlons.