Mike Clark

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Mike Clark earned the nickname “Iron Mike” through his dedication, competitive spirit and excellence in triathlons, marathon running and cycling. His resume includes four invitation-only Boston
Marathons and participation in two Iron Man World Championships in Hawaii, in which the world’s best triathletes compete. After graduating from Penn State, he discovered his passion, which he called
‘love of the run’. He returned to Delaware and began three decades of competitive races ranging from five kilometers to marathon distances of 26.2 miles. He finished more than 24 marathons – many in
less than 3 hours – the time standard for serious competitive runners. Mike qualified for the Hawaii Iron Man event, which consists of a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike race and a 26.2-mile run, in 1984
and again in 2007. Clark also competed in the Panama City Full Iron Man and the Colombia Triathlon just to name a few. He was recognized as a Triathlon All-American in 2007; he had received honorable
mention for this same award in 2005. He was Delaware’s representative in the Best of U.S. Triathlon in 2005, winning the Delaware State Triathlon Championship to qualify. Clark’s zeal for running and
the triathlon inspired countless athletes and young people, such as those he worked with during his 27-year career with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Delaware. He inaugurated the Queenstown Triathlon
to fund sports programs for underprivileged youngsters. The Mike Clark Legacy Foundation was established after his passing in 2008 to encourage physical fitness and health education of Delaware’s
youth.

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