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Arizona Ironman - Michael Andrews - November 16, 2014

We are so proud of Michael Andrews who is participating in his first Ironman to benefit Debbie's Dream Foundation: Curing Stomach Cancer.  Here is Michael's story:


 

Ironman Arizona is going to be my first Ironman Triathlon and I am inspired by both of my Ironman parents. In 2010, my parents, Steve and Julene, crossed the finish line of Ironman Arizona together holding hands. That exact moment is when I realized, one day, I will cross that finish line as well! A couple of months after returning home from their race, my mom found out that she had a very aggressive cancer. Instead of letting cancer win, my IronMom decided to do the unthinkable and sign up for ANOTHER Ironman, Ironman Canada.


A couple of months after my mother completed Ironman Canada and was done with chemo treatments, my father was diagnosed with stage 4 stomach/esophageal cancer. The doctors told my father that he had less than a year left to live. Instead of letting that bring him down, he decided to do the exact opposite. He continued to swim, bike and run! My father completed the ½ marathon portion of the Boise 70.3 relay in June (has done Boise 70.3 all 6 years that it has been in Boise) and then went on to complete the Ironman Boulder 70.3 last August, while going through chemo every two weeks. My IronDad has taught me that positive thinking and believing are the body's strongest tools. He calls everyone's positive thoughts, prayers and belief his "X-Factor," and it is what is keeping him alive and competing! It has been well over a year and he is doing great! On November 16, 2014, I will do 140.6 miles for my dad Steve, and become an Ironman!


I want to raise awareness for stomach cancer; therefore, I am racing to raise funds for Debbie's Dream Foundation: Curing Stomach Cancer.  My dad, Steve Andrews, is the Founder of the Idaho Chapter. Thank you so much for your support and tax deductible donation!

My goals for IMAZ 2014 are …
1.     To finish the race for myself, my Dad Steve, and to become an Ironman!
2.    To finish with a smile!
3.    To raise at least $5,000 for Debbie's Dream Foundation: Curing Stomach Cancer


To contribute to Michael's fundraising efforts, go to http://www.crowdrise.com/ironmanarizona-november162014/fundraiser/michaelandrews2

This popular Southwestern race stands out as the most urban full-distance race in North America.
 

The inaugural IRONMAN Arizona was held on April 9, 2005. In cooperation with the City of Tempe and the Salt River Pima Maricopa Indian Community, the race quickly gained popularity. It offered a fast and flat course and a spectator-friendly atmosphere in and around Tempe Beach Park and Tempe Town Lake. Given the desert heat, the race was moved to a much cooler November race date in 2008.

 

IRONMAN Arizona kicks off with a single-loop swim in Tempe Town Lake followed by a challenging three-loop bike course through the Sonoran Desert. It finishes with a spectator-friendly run around Tempe Town Lake and Papago Park. 

There are 50 qualifying slots for the IRONMAN World Championship in Kailua-Kona, HI.

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