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M.G.T. and G.C.C. triathlete's compete and inspire

By Final Call News | Last updated: Aug 9, 2017 - 4:52:22 PM

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In the open waters of the Pacific Ocean, at Hermosa Beach in Hermosa, Calif., two sisters from the Muslim Girls Training and General Civilization Class (M.G.T. & G.C.C.) were among a group of several hundred triathletes.  The competitors had to swim a fourth of a mile, bike ride for 10 miles, and finish off with a three-mile run as part of the July competition. 

Tiffany Muhammad and Lisa Muhammad of Muhammad Mosque No. 27 in Los Angeles, were prayed up and ready for the challenge. They had experienced a much more difficult course in colder weather in the past but the ocean is the ocean.

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For the opening swim, the women were familiar with the reality they were about to embark on such as choppy waters, limited visibility, sharks, flaring arms and legs, the threat of “the pack” (getting bumped and jostled by fellow swimmers), or missing a breath because of water splashing in their mouths. But still the desire to conquer the task substantially outweighed their fear of danger or defeat. Both finished the race strong.

Lisa Muhammad, a wife and mother of five, manages to homeschool three of her five children, while working her full-time job.  She makes training fit into her busy schedule as a sacrifice for herself.  “I do not have an athletic background,” Lisa stated. “I started running in 2005 with a goal of running a marathon. I just had my third baby and was looking for a way to shed some excess weight,” she explained. 

“I started 5K’s and gradually increased my distance to a full marathon. After completing a few long-distance road races, I participated in the XTERRA SoCal Trail Run Series. My family is my biggest motivation! They workout with me, show up, and cheer me on. They even brag about me to their friends. They see the importance of setting goals and taking the necessary steps to achieve them. They see the effort, dedication, and results,” Lisa Muhammad stated.

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Tiffany Muhammad, a wife with one son, has a law practice and consultant business that keeps her busy. “I am an athletic person. I love physical activity from martial arts to endurance sports. On the collegiate level, I played tennis and ran track. I credit the teachings of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad through the guidance of Minister Louis Farrakhan in regard to setting the example that regular exercise is mandatory for all ages and that a sedentary lifestyle equals death,” she explained.

“Watching Minister Farrakhan bench press heavy weight and run sprints at 50 and 60 years of age was extremely inspiring. I, like most people, was under the misconception that high intensity exercise was only for children. Since then, I have competed in master’s track and field events, marathons, and triathlons. I am currently training for the Ironman, one of the most difficult one-day sporting events in the world,” Tiffany Muhammad stated.

Tiffany and Lisa’s story is one shared to inspire and inform the Black community, especially women and girls of the actual facts on why making time to exercise is important. We must invest in our health by living an active lifestyle, the duo explained. The length and quality of life depends on it and Allah’s (God’s) gift of life is the most precious gift of all, they continued.

The human body is the most incredibly complex creation ever and our bodies require proper nutrition and exercise, noted Tiffany and Lisa.  Studies show that the best way to protect one’s health is by eating properly (avoiding high fat and poison foods), praying and exercising regularly. The Honorable Elijah Muhammad’s book “How To Eat To Live” is the single most important food guide on how to eat to live in order to preserve your life, the triathletes added. 

Both women are a proponent of getting regular physical exercise and activity to improve overall health.

For their next feat, Tiffany and Lisa are organizing a group of 12 Black women to run Southern California’s Ragnar Relay event in April 2018. The relay covers 200 miles from Huntington Beach to San Diego in 24 hours. For more information contact drtiffanymuhammad@gmail.com.

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