Ironman Athlete Dedicates Performance to Charity

Bushkill, Pike County - Khaleeqa Rouse has waited more than a year to compete in the Ironman 70.3 in the Poconos. The race is Sunday. Rouse smiled, "I was really excited because things like this don't normally happen in this area."

 

Khaleeqa is from Stroudsburg. She'll compete with about 2,000 athletes from 40 states and 15 countries. There's a lot of competition but Khaleeqa feels she has a little extra motivation. She's wearing bracelets with the names of nine friends and family who died from cancer and one cancer survivor. She said, "It's gonna give me an extra like 'ok this is not about me, let's go' especially when I'm gonna need that extra push at the end."

 

She's also racing to raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society through an organization called "Team in Training." She explained, "You meet every weekend and just train together and raise money. It's just awesome. I love it."

 

Khaleeqa told Eyewitness News she has trained about thirty hours a week for the past six months. During that time she has also raised more than $2,000. She said, "I felt like if I'm gonna do something of the magnitude it has to mean something more than my own personal goals. It has to be benefiting someone else."

 

It has been an Ironman challenge to prepare her body and promote her fundraiser. But in the end, no matter where she places, Khaleeqa will feel like a winner for trying to make a difference to cancer victims.

 

If you would like to donate in support of her run visit http://pages.teamintraining.org/epa/ironpoco11/krousetksd


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