Vegan triathlete, cancer survivor will share tips

“Why Raw? Lessons from a Vegan Triathlete and Cancer Survivor” is the title of a presentation that will be given by Ruth Heidrich at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Cameron Center in Wailuku.

Heidrich, a 30-plus-year vegan and 45-year runner, will share tips on how she has kept metastatic cancer at bay for 30-plus years. Her program also has benefits against heart disease, stroke, diabetes, arthritis, osteoporosis, dementia and more, according to a news release.

Heidrich will also talk a little about her new book, “Lifelong Running.”

Heidrich received a Ph.D. in health management in 1993. Her books also include “A Race for Life” and “Senior Fitness.”

She has completed six Ironman Triathlons and 67 marathons, and has won eight gold medals in the Senior Olympics.

Heidrich has won more than 900 trophies and medals since her diagnosis of breast cancer in 1982 at the age of 47. She is a certified fitness trainer and has set three world records for fitness for her age group at the renowned Cooper Clinic in Dallas, the release states.

She is one of the founding members and past president of the Vegetarian Society of Hawaii, past president of the Mid-Pacific Road Runners Club, and life member of both organizations.

The Cameron Center is at 95 Mahalani St. For more information, call 280-6865 or email