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Published on August 28th, 2012 | by dominicanrepublicsurf


Waves of Health Doctor Completes Ironman Competition in NYC

Lauren Seavy of New Jersey (USA), member of the non-profit organization Waves of Health, a group that conducts annual medical missions to the Dominican Republic, recently completed an Ironman Triathlon in New York City.

The Ironman is a long-distance triathlon, and also part of the summer Olympic games, which consists of a 2.4-mile (3.86 km) swim, a 112-mile (180.25 km) bike and a marathon 26.2-mile (42.2 km) run, raced in that order and without a break. Ironman events have a strict time limit of 17 hours to finish the race, Lauren completed her event  in an impressive 12:39.33.

The event  began in New Jersey, and took competitors across the George Washington Bridge into Manhattan, and included a swim in the Hudson River. Uniquely held in a metropolitan setting, this was not your typical Ironman.

Lauren said that the Ironman was “an AMAZING experience. Competing in an Ironman is a long journey. I started training over a year ago and dedicated much time, money, and sacrifice in order to make it to the finish line. It  was really incredible to compete. When I was crossing the finish line, the emotion I felt was indescribable. “ We congratulate her achievement, determination and spirit.

44 different countries represented in the event. There were 476 women who participated, (17 percent of the field), along with 2,243 men. The largest age group is Mens 40-44, with 515 athletes. The largest women’s group is also 40-44 – there were 106 women signed up in that category. More event information can be found on

Call for Volunteers! 

The Waves of Health is preparing for their 9th medical mission to Dajabon and Cabarete, Dominican Republic. The trip will be November 3-11th, 2012. All interested parties please email, or visit

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