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On Saturday, 50-year-old Susan Haag became the first woman to complete 100 full iron-distance triathlons by finishing Ironman Florida in a time of 16:04:11. Haag started competing in triathlons in 1990 and has crossed the finish line 375 times in the last 26 years. Haag, who resides in Jacksonville, Fla., is a practicing lawyer and sits on the Board of Directors for USA Triathlon.
Haag competed in Panama City Beach as a member of the Children’s Tumor Foundation NF Endurance team in honor of eight-year-old Clara, who was diagnosed with neurofibromatosis (NF) as a toddler. Clara is an NF Hero, which is a designation given to people who live with NF—a genetic disorder that causes tumors to grow on nerves throughout the body.
“Racing Ironman is about the journey, energy and empowerment that I experience over a challenging 140.6 miles,” Haag said in a press release about her accomplishment. “When I was offered the opportunity to race on behalf of the Children’s Tumor Foundation and an NF Hero named Clara, my heart nearly exploded with pride, purpose and love. Getting to know Clara through her letters and photos has been a joy, and I am honored to race in her name.”
Through CTF’s partnership with Ironman more than $1.7 million dollars has been raised for NF research over the last three years. For more information about the Children’s Tumor Foundation and the NF Endurance team, visit Ctf.org.