Mike Levine

Los Angeles Triathlon 2019

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By: Julie Weiss

I am honored to dedicate my next race, the Los Angeles Triathlon, to pancreatic cancer survivor and triathlete Mike Levine.

In July of 2015, Mike was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and he has been courageously battling this disease for 4 years now. He’s not only surviving though. He is an athlete to his core and has continued to challenge himself throughout his journey with this disease.

Before signing up for the Kona triathlon, Mike once said, “My own battle puts me in a small circle of survivors. For now, the disease is 'calm' as my oncologist says. But I am still a stage 4 cancer patient and my future may not be long term. As a two-time Ironman finisher and former Tri-Fed USA All American, it would have been difficult for me to simply sit and wait, mourning my own death. Yet, until a few months ago, I would never have considered the Ironman as part of my exit plan....slowly, gradually the unlikely thought of returning to Kona, of starting the race and actually getting to the finish line began to form.” This was over a year ago, maybe two and today I am celebrating the life that he is living.

This race is dedicated to Mike!


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Jennifer Mola