10 years after, all’s well for Hutch cyclist: Transplant recipient’s high finish in Salty Dog Triathlon offers proof

Hutchinson News | Adams Stewart

A decade ago, John Fairbanks of Hutchinson was recovering from a heart transplant in Salt Lake City. On Saturday, he did what he has done so many times – before and since the life-saving procedure – cycling competitively.

Fairbanks entered the Salty Dog Triathlon with his daughter, Jessica, and one of her friends, Theo Adams. They finished seventh overall out of 250 entries, third out of 25 team entries and second in their category, only 10 seconds behind first place in the hour-plus race.

Fairbanks finished the 10.5-mile cycling leg of the triathlon in about half an hour. Afterward he said he wasn’t in as good of shape as he wanted to be because he could find “only” six hours a week to train when he would prefer 10-14 hours of training a week.

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