Ironman Competitor Supporting People with Cancer
Wednesday, July 14, 2004
David Urban once thought running a marathon would be one of the hardest physical challenges he could face. It was difficult, but nothing compared to battling cancer – like his father and brother did years ago.
He began running marathons four years ago. Now, he’s set his sights on the Ironman competition later this month in Lake Placid.
Urban, 49, has been training for the July 25th race – a combination of swimming, biking and running – for months and is motivated by his commitment to help people with cancer who are in treatment at the James P. Wilmot Cancer Center at the University of Rochester Medical Center. His father and brother both died from complications of lymphoma and Urban wants to support others battling the deadly disease.
“I get so much personal pleasure from running and I figure that someone should be able to benefit from my efforts,” he says. “Lots of people run marathons to support major causes and I wanted to do this for a local organization, so that I can help my neighbors who are in need.”
The Wilmot Cancer Center is Rochester’s largest cancer center, providing cutting-edge care to patients and conducting research for a cure.
Ironman triathlon is one of the most grueling events in the world of sport, and also one of the most inspiring. The competition features a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bike, and a complete marathon (26.2 miles) all in succession. Athletes have 17 hours to complete the event -- from the 7 a.m., start until midnight.
The Perinton man, who lived in Webster for many years, recently completed a Tinman competition – half the Ironman distances – and is ready for the full triathlon.
“The course is going to be difficult. There are a lot of hills,” says Urban, a financial representative with Northwestern Mutual Financial Network. “But I know this will be of benefit to people who are facing difficult challenges of their own.”
Anyone interested in supporting Urban can contact the Wilmot Cancer Center at P.O. Box 278996, Rochester, N.Y. 14627, or call (585) 242-8988.