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For D.C. area triathletes who want to participate in something closer to home, there's the 70.0-mile (not a typo) Half Full Triathlon this October in nearby Columbia, Md. A full 100% of the race fees will go to the two main charities, which focus on battling cancer generally and specifically cancer in young adults.

The website is www.halffulltri.org.

The organizers chose the 70.0-mile distance instead of the usual 70.3 Half Ironman distance to highlight the significance of the number, that 70,000 young adults are diagnosed with cancer every year.

The Sears National Kids Cancer Ride sounds like a good event too, though it's a little too far from here for most to participate directly.

Good for Mr. Heaslip in taking on this challenge. As for age-related declines, most of the traditional "symptoms" of aging are actually symptoms of poor diet and inactivity. Though some decline is inevitable, a rapid decline is not. Some estimate that physical decline can be limited to just a couple percentage points a decade (until perhaps one's 50s) as long as one remains active and eats properly. An inactive individual could lose as much as 10 percent of their fitness every decade.

Cycling can be a great part of everyone's personal health program to ward off physical decline. It's much easier to stick with a cycling program because basically it's a heck of a lot more fun than getting on an elliptical machine or a treadmill in a hot, sweaty gym 3 times a week. Riding through the woods and wildlife ranges and the old architecture of Old Town Alexandria on the Mount Vernon Trail is one of the best ways I know of getting people hooked on cycling.

If I did the math right, 7000 kilometers from Vancouver to Halifax in 15 days is a 280 mile per day average.

Mr. Heaslip is one year older than I am. I can only worship at his feet!

there's no way they can travel that distance in 14 days.

I rechecked their website. It is a relay style ride, so each rider is "only" riding on average 99 miles each day.

I'm still impressed.

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