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has never looked back. In her first-ever triathlon, Susan won the women’s division. Since then she has been an inspiration for many people of all ages.

“I feel I have been blessed with the ability to achieve physically and I want to share my talents and experiences with others,” Susan said. “I have been competing in Masters Swimming and triathlons since the ’80s. I have been blessed to win 11 National USAT championships. I have also had the opportunity to be part of the USA Triathlon Team since 1989.”

Susan also qualified to participate on the National Team and was part of the team that first helped the sport of triathlon become an Olympic event. “I have had the opportunity to travel all over the world representing the United States, winning 12 ITU World championships in triathlon in my age division,” she said. “I competed in the 1986 Hawaii Ironman World Championship, which was one of the highlights of my triathlon career.”

Currently, Susan is the head coach of the Wildcat Masters Swim Team at UK and teaches water aerobics at Pinnacle in the winter and Spindletop Hall in the summer. “This allows me to inspire others to move their bodies and thus be healthier, happier people,” she said. “I am also the Lexington triathlon coach for the Kentucky Leukemia/Lymphoma Society. The participants on the team raise money for the cancer research at the University of Kentucky and I coach them to compete in a triathlon.”

Susan says she receives many benefits from staying active.

“Physical exercise makes me feel refreshed and positive, which results in a healthy release of tension,” she said. “This for me is a personal accomplishment, one that has helped me grow and feel better about myself, but also one I am happy to share with others.”

Susan joins us in encouraging our Health & Wellness readers to get out and move. Go watch or maybe even sign up for a local race. Triathlons happen all year long, and men and women of all ages, body types and stages of life are staying healthy by keeping active and being part of events such as the Tri-For Sight. For more information, visit www.triforsight.com.

To be healthy in life, you have to stay active and eat right. This is what motivated Susan Bradley-Cox to begin participating in triathlons at age 42 years. Before this, she had never competed in such an endeavor.

“I developed my active lifestyle as a young girl growing up in Paducah, Kentucky, where I took an early interest in cheerleading, swimming and acrobatics (gymnastics),” she said. “These activities taught me an appreciation of physical activity and I now find emotional release through physical expression.”

Susan noted when she was growing up, there was not much for young girls to do athletically. “Girls didn’t really compete back then,” she said. While she stayed active in college and early adulthood, it did not have much of an impact on her life. In 1982, Susan joined the Todd’s Road Stumblers, an informal group of runners who met each Saturday morning to run and enjoy each other’s company. One of the members, John Sensing, invited her to be part of a brand-new sport being formed called a triathlon. Susan was encouraged to do a triathlon at Spindletop Hall, a UK Faculty/ Alumni/Staff Club. At the time, she did not even own a good bike, so she borrowed one. She set out on her new adventure and

It’s difficult to imagine life without sight. Each year, thousands of people lose the battle with macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy or glaucoma. The University of Kentucky Eye Research Fund supports work that helps doctors and scientists better understand and treat these diseases.

The Susan Bradley-Cox Tri-For-Sight Triathlon supports their work. This fun, short, local triathlon helps raise money for this research. All proceeds from Tri-For-Sight go directly to fund the UK Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences Research Fund.

What is a triathlon? It is an athletic contest consisting of three different events, typically swimming, cycling and long-distance running. Some events eliminate the swimming portion and replace it with kayaking. These events or races can be short in distance, like the Tri-For Sight, which is normally called a Sprint Triathlon. Next are the Olympic-level distances. The longest triathlon most people are aware of is the Iron Man. The half-Iron Man covers a total of 70.3 miles. A full Iron Man is over 140.6 miles, which is a bit extreme. There are even Ultra-Triathlons that are double the Iron Man distance. However, the most common events you will find are the Sprint and the Olympic triathlons. In a Sprint Triathlon, the combined activities of swimming, biking and running cover a distance of 15 miles. People of all ages, body types and athletic abilities compete in these events. We encourage you to come watch or consider participating in the Tri-For-Sight on Sunday morning, September 8th, as an athlete or volunteer.