About Teri Griege
“Today I have two major goals, to inspire and to save lives.”
Teri Griege had been a high school athlete and always enjoyed sports. She began running marathons in her forties, including Chicago, Boston and New York. Her interest in endurance events led her to triathlons, and she set her sights on the big prize: The Ironman World Championship in Kona, Hawaii.
Teri completed Ironman Louisville in 2008 and missed qualifying for the World Championship by just five minutes.
Even more determined, she returned to training. Throughout the next year, Teri suffered minor injuries and was unusually sluggish and tired, but she attributed that to over training.
When she completed Ironman Louisville in 2009 ten minutes slower than the prior year, she was certain something was wrong. Her suspicions were confirmed with a devastating diagnosis of Stage 4 colon cancer with metastases to her liver.
Teri wasn’t ready to give up and deepened her resolve to complete the Ironman World Championship.
After receiving a special invitation to compete as an inspirational athlete, she trained for this grueling race while undergoing chemotherapy. Knowing she couldn’t do it alone, she assembled an army of supporters, Teri’s Troops, who helped her on her incredible journey.
On October 8, 2011, at age 50, Teri crossed the finish line in Kona.
Today, she brings her inspiring message –Powered by Hope– to a variety of groups and organizations.
What is Your Ironman?
Teri’s story and message, Powered by Hope, encompasses universal themes that are relevant to a variety of audiences.
- Athletes and weekend warriors
- People dealing with cancer or other debilitating illnesses or injuries
- Anyone facing obstacles
- Anyone looking to add meaning to his or her life by accomplishing a goal
By sharing her experiences, Teri connects with people in a very personal way, leaving them inspired and ready to take action. She would love to speak to your group or organization.