Breast Cancer Survivor comes in 2nd at Miles of Hope/Bikeway Triathlon
51 year old breast cancer survivor, Linda Hastey came in 2nd in the Miles of Hope/Bikeway 3rd Annual Triathlon Sunday, June 10, at Red Wing Park in Hopewell Junction. Linda, a 3 year breast cancer survivor ran races before her diagnosis however she never competed in a triathlon.
“My boyfriend, Ted McCue, is an Iron Man and competes regularly,” she said, “and he encouraged me to do my first triathlon, this is my 15th.”
She continued: “The overall winner of this Tri was 15 and I am 51. There is some kind of reverse symmetry or poetic justice in that!” she said smiling and looking healthier and more fit than most people half her age.
Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Founation is a 501-c-3 public charity with a mission to fund support services for people affected by breast cancer in the 8 counties of the Hudson Valley, NY.
“We emphasize good health and good nutrition to all women as proactive ways to lessen the impact of breast cancer and other disease and possibly even discourage them,” added Pari Forood, Executive Director of Miles of Hope.
“Linda walked right up to me at the start of the race, in her wetsuit decorated with a small patch of pink, and a huge smile on her face and told me she was a survivor. She was proud to be here not only competing in this event, but showing all women that at age 51 they can come back from breast cancer and do anything they want to do.”
Miles of Hope, which recently started a campaign to help Hudson Valley employers get their employees healthy and involved in foundation events, encourages all levels of activity for women whether there is a threat of cancer in their history or not.
“Nutrition, exercise, and an overall healthy lifestyle are the keys to ward off any disease including cancer,” added Cathy Varunok, Miles of Hope co-founder. “Women are currently training for the Goals for Hope Women’s Soccer Tournament on August 4, at the Stringham Road Soccer fields in LaGrange. They are also training for the Softball Tournament, Hits for Hope on October 13 and 14, as well as various golf tournaments and athletic contests throughout the summer.”
The Miles of Hope Corporate Challenge invites employers to encourage their employees to participate in a Miles of Hope event and to train for it throughout the year.
“It is more exciting and motivating to have a goal,” explained Ms. Forood. “To tell your employees to form a team and play soccer or softball or basketball is much more fun that to tell them just to go to the gym or start an exercise program. We have events throughout the year for all levels and all skills and we want everyone to join us. So far Health Quest and Mid Hudson Medical Group have signed on as the first two companies in the Miles of Hope Corporate Challenge.”
Linda Hastey can’t wait to do the Miles of Hope Triathlon next year. “I also ran in the Miles of Hope Family Fun Run in April,” she said, “maybe I should learn to play soccer!”