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She might have been a three-sport athlete at Swarthmore, but Liz Loeb McCane ’76 couldn’t have guessed she’d one day string three sports together in long-distance races.

Swarthmore field hockey, swimming, and lacrosse, however, apparently prepped her well for the rigors of triathlon. For the past six years, McCane has participated in numerous sprint and Olympic-distance triathlons and a couple of half-Ironman races, and she’s been training this spring and summer for her biggest challenge yet: a full Ironman this fall.

The event will combine a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike, and marathon run. “It’s so important as we age to stay active,” she says. “I just love being out there.”