‘Exercise Saved My Life’: Man Recovers From Addiction To Become Ironman Finisher

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Noel Mulkey went from a $500-a-day heroin habit to overweight to Ironman triathlon finisher. He will compete in Kona, the Ironman World Championship.

By Meghan Holohan

Original Source: today.com

Noel Mulkey hopes to show people there is a way out of drug addiction — and life on the other side is well worth the effort.

Only six years after becoming sober, Mulkey recently finished the Tulsa Ironman triathlon — a full marathon, a 2.4-mile swim in open water and 112-mile bike ride — in 9 hours and 25 minutes securing a spot in Kona, the Ironman World Championship in Hawaii.

“Exercise saved my life,” Mulkey, 26, of Tulsa, Oklahoma, told TODAY. “Running, exercise, cardio there is no greater medication on Earth.”

Mulkey gained a following on social media by sharing his story and his intense training regimen. But he hopes people see that those recovering from addiction or…click here to continue reading

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