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Duerksens’ feat including marathon distances swimming, cycling and running. (John Rennison, Hamilton Spectator)
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ea. A Miracle? Stroke victim completes Ironman triathlon 8 months later
A Hamilton-based missionary has pulled off what might have been thought an impossible feat – finishing a full Ironman triathlon a mere eight months after suffering a series of strokes. Art Duerksen, 55, told his story to Scott Radley of the Hamilton Spectator. Duerksen suffered the stroke just before Christmas; he completed the Ironman triathlon – a 3.9-kilometre swim, 180-kilometre bike ride and 42-km. marathon run – in Penticton, B.C. in August. The story started a year ago in August. Duerksen was accompanying a friend in British Columbia who was attempting three Ironmen events back to back and, despite limited experience in competitive running, cycling or swimming, impulsively decided to train for one himself.
As soon as he got home, he started training, Duerksen told journalist Radley. His family thought he was certifi able. Yet less than two months later, he ran his fi rst half marathon. Then, sitting at home one night shortly before Christmas, the room began spinning and he started feeling sick. Thinking it was the fl u or maybe vertigo, he ignored it. Until it happened again. And again. The third time was the worst. His speech became slurred. His vision blurred. His left side lost strength. His balance abandoned him. Doctors eventually decided he had suffered a series of strokes.
“I’ve never seen my dad in that state before,” said his oldest son, Arty. “It was pretty upsetting
… it almost looked like he wasn’t there. He seemed almost lifeless.” A main artery at the top of his brain stem had become blocked and then had leaked. He’d suffered some brain damage. While he was in hospital, another small stroke caused him to go blind in his right eye. As for his triathlon dream? When he mentioned it to his doctor, all he got was a disbelieving laugh and a stern instruction to relax and take it easy.
Then a funny thing happened. He started feeling better. A month after arriving in hospital he climbed onto the treadmill and walked for fi ve minutes. A few weeks after he was released, he went swimming. By midsummer, he amazingly fi nished a half-ironman he’d secretly signed up to run.
Which is how he found himself grinding his way along the Ironman course in Penticton, B.C., in August under an unrelenting sun. Fourteen hours, 33 minutes and a few seconds after taking his fi rst strokes in the water, he crossed the fi nish line.
How did he do it? Radley asked him. Was this a miracle?
Duerksen answered with a story. Right before the race, he silently asked God to run alongside him. To keep him safe but also to keep him believing he could do it. “I was happy the whole way,” he says, pointing out that nearly every photo of him taken that day shows him with a smile on his face, no matter how diffi cult it was. That’s the miracle.”
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