Disabled Ironman contender, and successful real estate investor, Zan Graser beats the odds and becomes an inspiration for many.
Spokane, Washington – July 11, 2014 /MM-prReach/ —
IRONMAN Coeur d’Alene 2014 swept through Idaho’s beautiful lake town on Sunday and one of its contenders had to work a little harder than most.
That man is Zane Graser, real estate investor at The Rock Real Properties LLC.
Given a 15% chance of survival, Graser was born with a series of birth defects, which required several surgeries; in addition to being deaf, he started out life with his esophagus attached to his lungs, two hernias, his intestines out of place, and a heart murmur, which resulted from a hole in his heart.
With his health issues, it has been touch and go his entire life. Then, just three years ago, Graser passed out and was back in the hospital again. This time his doctors said he would need a pacemaker if he were going to live. Nevertheless, Graser has persisted. His Uncle, Pat Wardian said, “He has the tenacity to win… a tenacity that says .. doesn’t matter what obstacles you throw in front of me.. I can overcome it.. “
And he has. Graser survived his childhood, went to college and became a recreation specialist at the Department of Corrections. Then, during this last year, he started his own real estate investment business.
Not satisfied with just surviving and living a “normal” life, Graser wanted more. He dreamed of finishing an Ironman Triathlon, despite his challenges.
In a recent interview for a story for SWX by Michelle Dapper, an emotional Shawn Burke CEO and Owner of WITH Performance, shared how Graser approached him and asked for is help in training for the IronMan Triathlon. Said Burke, “…when he came he said… I want to do Ironman.. but don’t know if I can do it… I said.. I will do whatever it takes to make you get there.. he said.. I don’t have a lot of money.. I said.. I don’t care about that… it’s not about money.. it’s about helping you reach your dream and goals.. my goal is to cross the finish line.. I said… lets get started.”
An ironman finisher himself, Burke has trained dozens of athletes to join the ironman club. However, he says, he has never coached a competitor like Graser.
Not an easy feat to accomplish, an Ironman Trathlon is a series of long distance triathlon races which consist of a 2.4 mile swim, a 112 mile bicycle ride and a 26.2 mile marathon run; all three raced in that order and without a break. A typical Ironman event has a time limit of 17 hours for completion, beginning at 7am and finishing at midnight.
Kent clothier, Founder and CEO at Real Estate World Wide recently said in a post on his Facebook Page, “You might remember Zane from a video that I posted a few months ago. Zane is hearing impaired and has had a very difficult life. In spite of this, he wanted to be a successful real estate investor. We worked together, he used our systems, and whadda you know – he did some deals and made some money. He blew away all of our expectations. Now, he’s doing this…..this guy is amazing”
On the subject of success, Graser says, “… just don’t quit… you never know if you try one more time… push it a little further you might succeed…”
About Kent Clothier
Kent Clothier is President and CEO of Real Estate World Wide (REWW), a multi-faceted real estate education company with headquarters in Scottsdale, Arizona, San Diego, California, and Boca Raton, Florida. REWW has become widely known in recent years for its distribution of advanced real estate database software systems.
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