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Bill Van Nostrand, of East Setauket, at Cedar
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Bill Van Nostrand, of East Setauket, at Cedar Beach in Mount Sinai. Van Nostrand is competing in the first NYC Ironman Triathlon on Aug. 11. “Everyone thinks it's all physical. It's actually 90 percent mental,” said Van Nostrand, who is 6-foot-2 and weighs about 185 pounds. (July 24, 2012)(Credit: Chris Ware)

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Bill Van Nostrand undertakes Ironman Triathlon

Bill Van Nostrand, 54, of East Setauket, is training to swim, bike and run a total of 140.6 miles in 17 hours in New York City's first Ironman event, to help call attention to Alzheimer's disease.