Doctor scores personal best in Ironman triathlon

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Dr. Joseph Maroon, 70, vice chairman of the Department of Neurological Surgery at UPMC and the team neurosurgeon for the Pittsburgh Steelers, scored his personal best time in the Ironman triathlon in Hawaii Oct. 10.

Dr. Maroon completed the 2.4 mile ocean swim, the 112 mile bike ride and the 26.2 mile run in 15 hours, 40 minutes and 31 seconds, the 17th best time in his age division (70-74). It was the seventh time Dr. Maroon has competed in the Ironman.

Dr. Maroon did the swim in an hour, 53 minutes and 54 seconds; the bike ride in six hours, 57 minutes and 42 seconds, and the marathon run in six hours, 31 minutes and 31 seconds.

Dr. Maroon is also the author of "The Longevity Factor," which explains how natural substances found in red wine, dark chocolate and green tea prolong life and reduce suseptibility to disease.

Jack Kelly: or 412-263-1476.


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