The finish line had closed at midnight, course marshals had asked him to give up four times and his bad ankle was killing him, but Dwight Griffith was on a mission and nothing was going to stop him from reaching his goal.
At 1:15 a.m. Sunday, 17 1/2 hours after he started, Griffith crossed the finish line to complete the 140-mile Ironman Triathlon in Columbia.
It wasn’t easy, and his body wanted to quit along the way, but Griffith pressed on, mind over matter, he said.
“Never lose sight of your vision at end. If you don’t give up and keep that mind over matter mindset, you can do anything you want,” Griffith, 60, of Fallston, said Tuesday. “I was able to demonstrate...