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Harrow honours triathlete Lionel Sanders with gateway sign

World-class triathlete Lionel Sanders, who set a world record for the fastest ever Ironman time and placed second in the Ironman World Championships on Oct. 14, is being honoured because he "reaches for excellence every day and pushes himself to the furthest limits of endurance," according to a statement from Essex officials.

Officials call Sanders an 'exemplary role model'

Harrow is celebrating Lionel Sanders with a special gateway sign. The triathlete set a world record for the fastest ever Ironman time in November last year and placed second in the Ironman World Championships on Oct. 14. (Stacey Janzer/CBC)

The Town of Essex is set to celebrate an "exemplary role model" with a special sign posted outside Harrow.

World-class triathlete and Harrow-native Lionel Sanders is being honoured because he "reaches for excellence every day and pushes himself to the furthest limits of endurance," according to a statement from Essex officials.

The sign is posted near the corner of Walker Road and the 3rd Concession.

"It's an honour," Sanders said. "I grew up here and I love this community."

He added as a kid he often bike more than five kilometres each day to meet up with friends, which helped set him on the path towards the grueling races.

Sanders set a world record for the fastest ever Ironman time in November last year and placed second in the Ironman World Championships on Oct. 14.

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"You are literally sweating at a peak rate a human can sweat," he explained. "I start the race at 160-165 pounds and I will lose a solid 15 pounds over the course of that race."

Sanders said if anyone wants to be a triathlete there's no excuse not to give the sport a try, even if you're from a small town.