Speaker to bring message of fitness, hope to William Woods

A woman who completed the Ironman World Championship after undergoing chemotherapy brings her message about fitness and hope to William Woods University March 22.

teriTeri Griege will share her experiences at 6 p.m. in Cutlip Auditorium. Part of WWU’s President’s Concert and Lecture Series, her talk is free and open to the public.

Griege began running marathons in her 40s, including those in Chicago, Boston and New York. Her interest in endurance events led her to triathlons, and she set her sights on the big prize: The Ironman World Championship in Kona, Hawaii.

imagesAfter completing Ironman Louisville in 2008, she missed qualifying for the World Championship by just five minutes. Even more determined, she returned to training. Noting minor injuries and being unusually sluggish and tired, Griege thought she was overtraining, but that was not the case. She was suffering from Stage 4 colon cancer with metastases to her liver.

Griege deepened her resolve to complete the Ironman World Championship, and she received a special invitation to compete as an inspirational athlete. She trained for this grueling race while undergoing chemotherapy. She assembled an army of supporters, Teri’s Troops, who helped her along her incredible journey.

On Oct. 8, 2011, at age 50, she crossed the finish line in Kona. She now brings her inspiring message, Powered by Hope, to a variety of groups and organizations.

WWU’s President’s Concert and Lecture Series brings speakers and top entertainment to campus for the enlightenment and enjoyment of students and the community. For more information, contact Brenda Foster at brenda.foster@williamwoods.edu.