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Meet Teri- One Tough Triathlete

March 26, 2012

The Ironman Triathlon. A 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike ride, and a 26.2 mile run. To most people this would be a daunting prospect. Not to Teri Griege. She trained hard to qualify for the Ironman World Championship in Hawaii in 2008. She completed the Louisville Ironman (her first Ironman) 5 minutes short of qualifying. She trained harder in 2009, determined to make it the next year. She wasn’t feeling well, and had some pain, but chalked it up to all of her hard training. That year she finished 10 minutes off her last time.

One of Teri’s friends is married to a gastroenterologist  who, upon hearing her symptoms, told her she needed to go in for a colonoscopy. Two weeks after Teri finished the 2009 Louisville Ironman  she was diagnosed with Stage IV colon cancer with metastasis to her liver. Teri began chemotherapy and radiation and underwent a colon and liver resection. Two weeks after Teri’s diagnosis, her two older sisters went in for colonoscopies. One sister had precancerous polyps and the other had Stage III colon cancer. Both will tell anyone who asks that their sister saved their lives.

During all of her months of chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery, the one thing Teri did not do was stop training. One year, to the day, after being diagnosed with colon cancer, Teri finished a 1/2 Ironman. In 2011, Teri qualified for the Ironman World Championship. She was still undergoing maintenance chemotherapy, but that wasn’t going to stop her. With Ironman cameras following her to share her inspirational story, Teri crossed the finish line, exhausted but ecstatic.

Today Teri spends her time sharing her story, advocating for awareness, and, of course, training. She plans to be in Berlin, Germany in September to run the 39th BMW Berlin Marathon and hopes to be in London in 2013. But most importantly, she will be participating in the St. Louis Undy 5000 this weekend, with her team, Team Teri.

Teri is thrilled to be sharing more of her story during the Undy 5000 closing ceremonies. To sign up to join her, her family, and Team Teri at this weekend’s Undy 5000, please go to http://www.Undy5000.org. For more information about Teri, please visit her webpage at http://www.TeriGriege.com.

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  1. Alissa Murphy permalink
    March 26, 2012 5:37 pm

    Way to go Teri! You are an inspiration to us all! See you at the Undy!

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