Jill Walsh - Diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2010, Jill Walsh, 49, hasn't let this disabling disease slow her down. “If you want to do something, there’s a way to do it,” Walsh says. “It’s not going to be the way you used to do it. It’s not going to be the speed you used to do it. But if you want to be physically active for the sake of being physically active, there’s no reason not to be,” she said.
That can-do attitude allowed her to complete an Ironman Triathlon (2.4 mile swim, 112-mile bike ad 26.2-mile run) in Lake Placid in 2012. Not one to rest on her laurels, Jill planned an ambitious race schedule for 2013, to include the Mountain Goat run and the Paratriathlon National Championship in Austin, Texas in May, the Syracuse Irongirl triathlon Aug. 4 and a 620-mile bicycle ride from San Francisco to San Diego in October to raise money for the Challenged Athletes Foundation. Funds raised in 2013 gave Jill a Trek 4.5 Madone road bike to ride in the Challenged Athletes Million Dollar Ride.
This year, Jill is busy traveling the world representing the USA at many World Cup Para Cycling events. She topped the podium in the Time Trial and came in 2nd in the Road Race at a World Cup race in Switzerland. She represented the USA at the Pan American Games in summer 2015. Her goal is the 2016 Paralympics in Brazil.
Read more about Jill here: http://www.syracuse.com/news/index.ssf/2013/05/despite_multiple_sclerosis_jil.html