Vince DiCroce was a Denver based triathlete who started racing marathon and triathlon after a bout with brain cancer. His goal was to “stay in shape” and have a goal after beating back the cancer in his late early 40’s. He had run and biked before but learned to swim to race Ironman. Since he started racing, he lowered his marathon time to 3:03 personal best and became a competitive age group athlete at the Ironman distance completing 7 Ironman races since 2006. Vince passed away in June of 2014 after a 10 year battle with brain cancer, using an active lifestyle as his primary weapon.
Vince was a model endurance athlete. As a city attorney for Denver, he served the city and it's people tirelessly as well as training for endurance events. He also actively served the endurance sports community through his involvement with Runners Roost as well as Runners Edge of the Rockies, a 300 member running group, founding their triathlon training program and was well known in other triathlon circles for his humble, giving nature.
Read more about Vince at his blog: http://andsoitbeginsagain.com
Vince was One of Us:
It is very common in the sport of triathlon for athletes and sponsors to rally around a cause. Team in Training does a great job at putting on fundraising rides and races that challenge the everyday athlete to complete a marathon or triathlon and raise money for cancer research.
This is a different case. Vince was one of us. He lived the multisport lifestyle and by most standards, excelled in the sport, all with brain cancer, becoming a role model for human potential in the process. Throughout his treatment his motto was that he would not just survive, he would become a better person and influence those around him to do the same.
Race for Vince is all about fulfilling a last wish for Vince. He always wanted to use his story and his life to help others with brain cancer live an active lifestyle. The goal of this fundraising program is to make a donation to the Brain Cancer Research Foundation in his name to help build a research or lifestyle program to encourage others to fight brain cancer by living a full and active life with Vince as the model.
The goal of this effort, lead by his former Runners Edge of the Rockies and Runners Roost team members is to raise $140,600 with Ironman Boulder being the signature race for the cause as Vince was registered for the race. In fact, his bike will still be in the racks one last time in his honor. The team leading the fundraising will race that day in his honor, but we invite Vince's friends and anyone inspired by his story to join us by making a contribution.