Triathlon Magazine Canada - - FEATURES - BY LUKE YATES

FIVE YEARS AF­TER tak­ing up the sport, Scott Law­son, 56, of Hal­i­fax, de­cided the time had come to tackle the tough­est test in triathlon. “I spent a cou­ple of years do­ing sprints and Olympic dis­tance races and I did a cou­ple of halves,” says Law­son. “I thought it was time to give it a shot.” He set his tar­get as the long-dis­tance event at the Michi­gan Ti­ta­nium Triathlon, in Plain­field Town­ship, Mich. Race day was Aug. 23, 2015. The morn­ing was cool and calm, but late in the cy­cle leg, a storm swept through. Light­ning and rain forced race or­ga­niz­ers to first sus­pend, then can­cel the race. Law­son shared the news with friends from Hal­i­fax Triathlon Club (HTC) on Face­book. Im­me­di­ately, Stacy Juck­ett Ch­es­nutt, a race di­rec­tor in Hal­i­fax and Iron­man triath­lete, had a plan. “Let’s throw a race for Scott,” she wrote on Face­book, Within 20 min­utes six peo­ple had signed up to help or­ga­nize. Two weeks later, a long-dis­tance race was hosted just for him. A can­celled race isn’t the first chal­lenge Law­son has faced in his ath­letic ca­reer. Eleven years ago, he was di­ag­nosed with Crohn’s dis­ease and he be­gan run­ning reg­u­larly. Af­ter a few years just run­ning, Law­son was bored, so he took up triathlon and joined the HTC in De­cem­ber, 2010. In his first sea­son, in 2011, he com­pleted six races and es­tab­lished him­self as a big part of the triathlon com­mu­nity in Hal­i­fax. “He does ev­ery­thing, for ev­ery­one,” says Juck­ett Ch­es­nutt. “He’s at ev­ery race vol­un­teer­ing. He doesn’t just show up to get a shirt. He’s in­te­gral to so many races.” Law­son helped found the Epic Dart­mouth triathlon and joined the HTC board of di­rec­tors.

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