Ironman of the Day: Justin Graham

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AGE: 31


FROM: Augusta

OCCUPATION: Web designer/owner of Unique Vine, also owns a blog site talking about his fitness goals at

EXPERIENCE: Though this will be Graham’s first intermedix Ironman 70.3 Augusta, he has completed four half-marathons and one full marathon. Graham said he started running to get in better shape. The 5-foot-8 Graham weighed between 230 and 240 pounds in college before dropping down to 185. The past two years, he said, he’s been stuck around the 200-pound mark.

He started training for the 70.3 event in May and said he’s down to 185. He expects to reach his goal of 175 pounds by October.

“For the past couple of years, I’ve been wanting to get in better shape,” he said. “I knew if I signed up for something like this it would help me hit my fitness goal.”

GAME PLAN: Graham, who was active in cycling during his college days, said his goal for the intermedix Ironman 70.3 Augusta is to finish in less than seven hours. He said he wants to make sure he goes at a steady pace in the cycling portion so he’ll have plenty left in the tank for the run.

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