When former Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward sets his mind to do something, you can be sure he is going to see it through to the end, even if it is the most grueling sporting event in existence.
And he did just that on Saturday, finishing the 2013 Ironman World Championship Triathlon in Kona, Hawaii in 13 hours, eight minutes and 15 seconds. In addition, UPMC and Steelers’ neurosurgeon Dr. Joseph Maroon completed his ninth Ironman in 16 hours, three minutes, and 48 seconds.
The Ironman, a 140.6 mile swim, bike and run triathlon is known as the “Super Bowl” of triathlon, an event only the best of the best normally participate in. Ward finished the 2.4 mile ocean swim in 1:20:01, while completing the 112 mile bike portion in 6:21:12. Ward completed the Ironman competition finishing the 26.2 mile race in 5:12:56.
Ward competed as a part of BECOME ONE, sponsored by Got Chocolate Milk, pushing himself to limits he didn’t know was possible.
“People ask why I want to put my body through the pain,” said Ward in advance of the Ironman. “But it’s a sense of satisfaction if I can cross that finish line. What a great accomplishment that would be.
“When I get at the starting line I know I am not going to win the race, but it’s all about finishing.”
Ward did what he set out to do, he finished.
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