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This September a milestone in global sports history will take place at the Cancer Sport World Championships – the first competitive sports events held exclusively for cancer survivors.

Held entirely on closed roads around the 2012 London Olympic rowing venue at Eton Dorney Lake – conveniently placed just a stone’s throw from London’s Heathrow airport for international competitors – the headline event will be Live to Tri, a super sprint triathlon for cancer survivors.

In addition, there will also be Cancer Sport World Championships in individual disciplines, including a 2.5-kilometre run, a 10-kilometre cycling time trial, and junior events. For other competitors, an open triathlon and team relay triathlon will allow everyone to take part in this unique occasion.

As well as the fun and challenge of competition, there is an important message behind these events: keeping fit and active, even after being diagnosed with cancer, is hugely beneficial and can radically improve a patient’s outcome.

“Live to Tri is a very special triathlon event aimed at anyone whose life has been touched by cancer,” said organiser Mike ‘Griz’ Grisenthwaite.

“We are encouraging the curious, novices and experienced triathletes to come down, have a go and, through their effort, celebrate the life of a family member, a friend, a colleague and all people living with cancer.”

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