Leonard Leshem

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Len participated in four World Championship Hawaiian Ironman Triathlon competitions and four other Ironman events. He was one of only 50 men in his age bracket (65-69) still competing in the
Ironman distance (swim 2.4 miles, bike 112 miles, run 26.2 miles). He began his triathlon career at the age of 51 and has completed more Ironman triathlons than any native Delawarean. In his age
group, Len finished seventh in the New Zealand Ironman in 1996, ninth in the California Ironman in 2001 and earned fifth place in the Florida Ironman in 2001. Len completed 25 Half-Ironman triathlons
(swim 1.2 miles, bike 56 miles and run 13.1 miles). He completed the Great Chesapeake Bay Swim (4.4 miles) and three full marathons. In 2002 and 2003, he completed the Ironman Florida, Backwater
Eagleman Triathlon (second and sixth), Vineman Triathlon (fourth), Delaware Half  Ironman (first), Columbia Triathlon (second), Escape From Fort Delaware (first), Rehoboth Biathlon (first twice)
and several sprint triathlons with three first place finishes. In the past 15 years, he has raised about $150,000 for Special Olympics Delaware through his participation in endurance competition. Len
served as Special Olympics coach in several sports nationally and in Delaware. Len was selected 1997 Special Olympics Delaware Volunteer of the Year and is a member of that organization’s Hall of



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