It seems there are few weekends in Waco that don’t have some sort of race for athletes. While the bulk are 5K and 10K races, more people are competing in marathons and triathlons, whether it’s the Miracle Match Marathon in January or the TriWaco Triathlon, which returns this July. Coming to Waco in October is an Ironman 70.3 triathlon, a truly challenging race.

For the next six months, Waco Today is partnering with Bicycle World and Waco Running Company, leading up to the Ironman 70.3, for a series of articles and insight into these endurance sports and the people who compete in them.

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He was an overweight guy who owns three Marco's Pizza franchises — and readily recognizes the irony. But after losing 120 pounds, he's pushing himself to be healthier and using triathlons to achieve that goal.