Not even a tsunami would deter the 16 American Cancer Society DetermiNation triathletes from finishing the Lavaman Triathlon Waikoloa on Sunday, April 3, and raised an amazing $27,553 for the American Cancer Society Hawai`i.
Participants of various levels made up the DetermiNation team–from a first-timer, 51 year old woman and her husband, whose family and friends donated over $5,800 to fight cancer, to a Kailua-Kona tattoo artist and business owner who committed all his tips from February and March to the Society. David Meier of Kailua-Kona exemplified the true meaning of DetermiNation. “David started the race with an amazing swim,” said Michelle Hashimoto, community manager of development. “Then in his bicycle leg, he was cut off by another rider. Next a flat tire sent him flying over his handle bar, but in true DetermiNation fashion, David hopped right back on his bike, and with swelling in his left elbow he completed his bicycle leg, then his run, and finished his very first triathlon.”
DetermiNation is the American Cancer Society’s nation of athletes determined to end cancer. This powerful and inspiring movement saves lives by enabling athletes to dedicate their training and participation in marathons, triathlons, cycling races, and other endurance events to a lifesaving effort to fight a disease that has already taken too many lives.
Thinking of running a half marathon or marathon? Training starts in June for our fall events. Come train with us! For more information or to find an event, visit DetermiNationHawaii.org