Posted by: Heart of America News | September 11, 2012

Megan Races With Mom At Her Side

by Ron Adkins

Heart of America Triathlon News


Megan Nitka of Waukesha, Wisconsin, races triathlons to celebrate her mother, Sandi — a cancer survivor, in remission for the past seven years. Every race Megan runs is a victory lap in her honor.

“She’s my hero,” said Megan. “She’s all I think about when I race.” The motivation her mother instills in her life is the mantra Megan follows when she competes — “Don’t stop. Never give up. Have faith.”

Unshakable faith sustains them both, Megan said. It kept them going through the dark times and now fills them as they face bright futures.

Megan is a nursing student at Des Moines Area Community College, with plans to become a physician’s assistant. When not studying, or training for races, she works with the disabled at Home Health Care. This passion for caregiving stems from another example set by her mother — “do what you love, and give it everything you’ve got.”

When Megan competes in a triathlon, she races flat-out, giving it everything she has. She recently completed her first CyMan Sprint, and was the first woman to cross the finish line. “It was the first time Mom wasn’t able to come watch, so this race was even more special,” Megan said.

Even so, Mom wasn’t far away. “She’s my best friend. She’s always calling me to see how I’m doing. She is always there for me and to support me.” A visible sign of this constant support is the tattoo Megan sports on her left side. A gifted artist, Megan designed the tattoo to signify the bond she and her mother share.

CyMan was her fourth triathlon and her best effort so far. She finished in 1:32:48, and poured it on as she crossed the finish line. She is contemplating running the upcoming Des Moines Half Marathon, and has absolutely no plans to retire. “I picked up triathlons for my Mom,” she said, “to say thank you for everything she’s taught me.”



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