These 8 Triathlete Readers Will Inspire You

If you ask us, the coolest thing about triathlon is that hours after the first-place finisher breaks the tape, winners are still crossing the line. Though much fanfare surrounds the jaw-dropping speed and unfathomable strength found in the professional fields, the age-groupers are the ones who quietly inspire. Need proof? Each of our cover finalist athletes exemplify the heart and soul of our sport: Everyday people doing extraordinary things. Meet our contest winner here, and then meet one of the other inspirational finalists below.

#MyTri: Erica Stockford

At age 20, she was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis. Then, at 35, doctors discovered breast cancer.

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#MyTri: Lisa Laws

“It was the most amazing moment,” Laws says of her 2014 finish at Ironman Lake Placid. “It’s my favorite triathlon moment to date.”

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#MyTri: Melissa Thoen

When Melissa Thoen was diagnosed with epilepsy at the age of 11, doctors said most exercise was impossible.

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#MyTri: Mia Cipperoni

Each day, 30 year-old Mia Cipperoni experiences severe vertigo, disorientation, loss of sensation, and extreme fatigue.

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#MyTri: Chad Esker

“Triathlon is considered by many people a solo and somewhat selfish sport, but I’ve found it's anything but that."

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#MyTri: Alyssa Clay

For 26 year-old Alyssa Clay, there are no roadblocks merely speedbumps.

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#MyTri: Adam Heiser

Today, almost 10 years to the day he tried to end his life, triathlon has given Heisler a way speak of his future.

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