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Ramblin’ Rose Triathlete – Sharon Blumberg

Call me crazy. Call me courageous. Either way, I did something I never ever thought I would do. I trained for and completed a triathlon. It was hard, and I wanted to quit so many times. The fact that I ...

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Her Spirit Still Motivates Me

“It sounds cliche, but she was our rock before the cancer, through the cancer, and even now in spirit…that’s strength like no other I’ve ever known.” After her mother, Connie Morgan (1951-2012), was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2008, Jeness ...

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RAMBLIN’ ROSE TRIATHLETE – Finding Myself Again: An Interview with Tri It For Life Mentor Barbara Kovach

 By Joscelyne Hauserman Strong, resilient, and inspiring—these are the three words that come to mind when describing Barbara Kovach. After nearly losing herself from battling breast cancer for half a decade and thirty years as an educator, Barbara needed a ...

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RAMBLIN’ ROSE TRIATHLETE | Rachel Hodges

“In 2011 my Mom asked me to participate in a Ramblin’ Rose triathlon for the first time and, though I had never done a triathlon before, I felt that I could do it with the motivation of my Mom next ...

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RAMBLIN’ ROSE TRIATHLETE – Joline Hodges

“Friends that I have invited have said, ‘OMG I can’t do that!’ I then feel more proud as I respond ‘If I can do it, anyone can!’” Joline Hodges, 57 | Durham, NC | Recovery Room RN In 2005 two nursing colleagues ...

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RAMBLIN’ ROSE TRIATHLETE | Sabine Farer-Buers

“It’s so moving that I have tears in my eyes many times.” Sabine Farer-Buers, 45 | Pittsboro, NC | Geriatric Nurse, Duke certified Integrative Health Coach, & Front Store Manager at Southern Village Pharmacy When I moved from Spain to the United States ...

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RAMBLIN’ ROSE TRIATHLETE | Mary Ann Gardner

“It was one of the best things that I have ever done and have become addicted to Ramblin’ Rose. I did four more in 2016 for a grand total of five!” Mary Ann Gardner, 68 | Winston Salem, NC | CPA I ...

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RAMBLIN’ ROSE TRIATHLETES | Janice & Natalie Bowers

“Training for the Rambling Rose was something we got to do together. Somedays I pushed her and some days she pushed me.” Janice Bowers, 38 | Cary, NC | Mom I have always enjoyed running and biking, and thought that a triathlon ...

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RAMBLIN’ ROSE TRIATHLETES | Tirion & Haley Sheafor

“Haley and I have been participating in Ramblin’ Rose Triathlons for six years. We have completed them with our mom, grandma, cousin, and aunt and we keep coming back for more.” Tirion & Haley Sheafor, 22 | Mt. Pleasant, SC | Swim ...

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RAMBLIN’ ROSE TRIATHLETE | Alexis John

“Imagine yourself crossing the finish line. Imagine the feeling of accomplishment you will have. If you can imagine it, there’s no reason why you can’t achieve it.” Alexis John, 26 | Raleigh, NC | Firefighter I previously worked at the Downtown Durham ...

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