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Brain tumor inspires local man to compete in extreme races

Brain tumor inspires local man to compete in extreme races

Lee Barwick was never a runner.

He’d never even entered a one-mile fun run before he decided to take the leap into the world of extreme competitive triathlons and long-distance races.

It all started six years ago when he was suffering from debilitating headaches and was diagnosed with a brain tumor. After receiving the news that it was benign, Barwick, 36, decided he was going to live life to the fullest.

“I was definitely depressed,” says Barwick, who grew up in Columbia and attended Hammond High School and Howard Community College. “Over the next three to four years I started to put on weight, and on my 34th birthday my wife said something...

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