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Ironwoman Takes on Ironman Competition to Help Fight MS

June 8, 2011 - Cincinnati, OH

On August 28, Marilyn Cox, a project manager at Cincom Systems, Inc., will be the first person to ever raise money for Multiple Sclerosis (MS) research by completing the Louisville Ironman event that lasts all day and requires vigorous training.

MS is a debilitating disease affecting the central nervous system of millions of people without discrimination. Oftentimes it impairs movement. There is no cure for MS, which is why so many people are working to raise money for research.

One of her colleagues, Dave Schwarber, is Marilyn's inspiration for the race. Dave's wife has been living with MS since 1984. His daughter was recently diagnosed with a more aggressive form of the disease at the age of 23. Though their lives have had hardships, the Schwarber family never quits. They refuse to let MS rule their lives.

Marilyn mentions that: "After hearing Dave's story, I knew I had found that purpose. I was moved by the incredible determination demonstrated by his wife and daughter. As a wife and mother, I was touched by the love and commitment shared by his family."

"You put hours and years into training for something like this, and when it is time to go out and do it you take it seriously. You give up time with family, time at work and personal time," says Marilyn when asked about her training schedule, which consists of 10 workouts per week.

Her dedication and time commitment is needed for the Ironman which consists of a 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike ride, and 26.2 mile run, all in under 17 hours.

Marilyn knows from her experience in a half Ironman that this race has a different atmosphere than your standard marathon:

"[Marathon] runners are very friendly by nature; people will help you out if you stop by the side of the road. Ironman participants are cut throat. They do not care if you are lying on the side of the road; they will pass you."

While not everyone can prepare for and participate in such an extreme event to help raise money for MS, Marilyn does have some thoughts on what other people can do to help fight the disease.

"What I would really like to see is more Cincomers coming out and developing a Flying Pig relay team," she says, referencing the Cincinnati Flying Pig Marathon held in early May each year.

You can join Marilyn in the fight for a cure, and help families like Dave's through this link:

For more information on what Cincom and Marilyn are doing to help fight MS can be found at:

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Media Contact:
Kristen Troyer
Marketing Intern
Cincom Systems

Liz Harter
Cincom Public Relations


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