UVA grad does triathlon across U.S. to raise money for pancreatic cancer

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (NEWSPLEX) -- A University of Virginia graduate is doing something that most people wouldn't dream of. From Yorktown, Virginia to San Francisco, California, Sam Hitch is doing a triathlon across the United States to raise money and awareness for pancreatic cancer.

"Unfortunately, several of my close friends have had their families affected with pancreatic cancer, and it's a devastating one," said Hitch.

The trip will be a little more than 3,900 miles and will be an attempt for the Guinness World Record for longest triathlon.

"We are on day ten right now but the slowest portion is over," said Hitch. "The swim took seven and a half days to cover the 105 miles, and then a transition to a victory monument in Yorktown. Now we are on a bike which covers the most ground to the Utah, Nevada border."

This is something that he has always wanted to do, and he's not alone, his family is right by his side. They can keep up with him on an app in case of an emergency.

"Right now we're mapping out along my course about 20 or 30 miles ahead," said Hitch.

Stopping every 25 miles for rest and getting plenty of sleep, he says he appreciates the calls and text from supporters.

"Unfortunately I can't answer them. Most of the time, I can just hear a ding on my phone and and I'll have something to look forward to the rest of the day," said Hitch.

If you want to donate and follow his journey, click on the link in this web story.

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