Harrow honours triathlete Lionel Sanders with gateway sign
Officials call Sanders an 'exemplary role model'
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."
Sanders says growing up in Harrow he’s often biked 5km to each friends house. Getting up to maybe 20 km a day. (1/2) <a href="https://t.co/EDomHpLtSP">pic.twitter.com/EDomHpLtSP</a>—@StaceyJReports
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.
"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.