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Mike Levine

Mike Levine is a retired Aerospace Aluminum Sales Manager whose life’s passion outside of his love, commitment and partnership with his soulmate and beautiful wife Jan, have revolved around fitness endeavors and outdoor sports. He grew up by the ocean surfing, sailing, fishing and not so near the ocean, snow skiing.

He became a serious Triathlete after watching the amazing race between Julie Moss and Kathleen McCartney witnessed by millions on ABC’S Wide World of Sports in the spring of 1982, immediately entering next October’s event and he was ‘hooked’ for life competing in Triathlon. Kathleen became his ‘super hero’ in 1982 after he watched the ABC show and little did he know that more than 3 decades later, she would, by sheer fate become his dear friend, mentor, coach and personal inspiration to help him fight his deadly Cancer and refuse to allow the disease to control his life.

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Powered by Chemo: Patient with Pancreatic Cancer Tackles Ironman by UCSD Health


Mike has competed in over 100 Triathlons and Marathons in his sports career and was named a Triathlon Federation USA 1994 All American  Triathlete in his age group.

I will NEVER allow Cancer to dictate my life and I will survive and thrive.
— Mike Levine

Mike is a graduate of the University of Southern California, a US Coast Guard Viet Nam Veteran and a former member of the United States Antarctic Research Program with the National Science Foundation serving a 1 year contract aboard the US Antarctic Research Ship HERO.

Mike is determined to ‘sail into uncharted waters’ exploring options in his battle with his cancer through endurance fitness, outstanding medical treatment and with the uncompromising support of his wife, Kathleen and the Triathlon community. He says that he will not allow the cancer to define who he is. It ‘takes a Village’ and that he has!

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Kathleen McCartney

Kathleen McCartney, winner of the 1982 Ironman Triathlon World Championship, has conquered the event considered the most grueling single-day sporting event in the world. The Ironman begins with a 2.4-mile ocean swim, followed by 112 miles of cycling, and ends with a marathon, a 26.2-mile run.

McCartney became the 1982 Ironman World Champion in a dramatic race captured by ABC’s Wide World of Sports as the iconic example of “the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat.” McCartney unknowingly passed a crawling Julie Moss just yards from the finish line, a courageous, dramatic finish that inspired millions, brought Ironman to the attention of the world, and elevated the sport of triathlon.

 Kathleen McCartney

Kathleen McCartney

If you set your mind to something and you challenge yourself, it CAN change your life.
— Kathleen McCartney

Motivational Speaker and Triathlete Kathleen McCartney has been featured on ABC’s Wide World of Sports including an interview with Jim McKay, NBC Sports, The Johnny Carson Show, ABC’s Superstars, and ABC’s 25th Anniversary Greatest Moments of Wide World of Sports. She has been featured in publications including Outside, Runner’s World, Competitor, Triathlete and Lava magazines.

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McCartney received Competitor Magazine’s Triathlon Legend Award, as well as Triathlon Business International’s 2012 Female Triathlete of the Year Award.

A passionate endurance sports competitor, McCartney has completed numerous triathlons, marathons, and bike races including 10 Ironman triathlons.  McCartney will compete in Kona Hawaii again this year on October 8 in her 10th Ironman Triathlon World Championship.

Kathleen McCartney is a graduate of the University of California, Irvine. She lives in La Jolla, California and has four grown children.

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