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  Cheryl Woodworth  

Cyeryl Woodworth is a mom of two daughters, who had a 26-year career in aquatics at the West Suburban YMCA in Wauwatosa, WI. She retired at age 58 with the intent to live a healthier lifestyle so she could be active in her 70s, like her father.

In the process, Cheryl transformed herself from "a 200lb. overweight mom" to an ironman and world class athlete. At age 65 she was caught up in a dare to attempt an ironman. "It was beyond my imagination that I could ever complete the distances, but I was willing to work hard to see if I could make it happen. In one year I completed my first half marathon, full marathon, half ironman, and full ironman in Arizona, plus qualified for IM World Championships in Kona, Hawaii."

She has completed four successive IM World Championships in Kona from 2010-2013. In 2010 she had a 5th place podium finish at Kona and 4th place in ITU Triathlon World Championships in Budapest. In 2011 she finished 2nd in 70.3 World Championships. And in 2013, at age 70, she is the World Champion for her age group. "I can see nothing stopping me from continuing to set new high standards for what women in their 70s can achieve."

 

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