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Triathlete helps others plan to achieve success

LAWTON, Okla._An incredible athlete helped kick off the 2015 campaign season for the United Way of Southwest Oklahoma Thursday night.

During the dinner, keynote speaker Jay Hewitt, an Elite Ironman Triathlete, and the only person with type 1 diabetes to race for the U.S. National Triathlon Team, shared his story of overcoming challenges. The Ironman Triathlon is the longest one day athletic event in the world, a 140-mile race, where competitors swim, run and bike.

Through his program, "Reach Your Finish Line," Hewitt works to inspire others to accomplish their dreams as he has done while balancing years of grueling physical triathlon training, racing and world travel, while having to manage his blood sugar and hourly insulin dosage, all while maintaining a demanding full-time law practice.

“It's about seeing your finish line and visualizing it and the elements that is required to achieve it, it is hard work, it is dealing with obstacles, and it's also dealing with disappointment and difficulty along the way because there is no goal that comes without  effort and difficulty,” Hewitt said.

Hewitt hopes to help the United Way achieve this year's campaign goal by helping them apply strength, discipline, and dedication in order to achieve success.

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