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Sharon Dawson

Raleigh, North Carolina | https://5ksharing.wordpress.com/

Primary Discipline(s) Triathlon, Road Running, Trail Running, Obstacle Racing, Kayaking / Canoe Marathon
Bucket List RaceThe Great Josh Billings Runaground - a triathlon near my hometown in Mass.
Favorite Picky Bars productSassy Molassy, followed by Chai and Catch Me
Off-Day ActivityPlaying board games with my friends (well, at least back when we could meet regularly in person).

In 2014, friends invited me to my first 5k race, and I've enjoyed them ever since. In 2016, I began doing local Sprint Triathlons, in 2018 I began Obstacle Course Races, and in 2019 I began Trail Running.

What motivated me to do these races was to push my limits and to see what I could do. When I was 33 I had a heart attack, a second one at 39, and quintuple heart bypass surgery at 43. My aggressive, genetic heart disease has become an overarching challenge these past 12 years - a challenge I'm facing head on.

So I run, swim, bike, and climb up cargo nets to be in control of my body, to strengthen my heart, and to see what new challenges I can achieve. I'm never the fastest and live at the back of the pack, but I'm out there trying up against some challenging odds.