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Bill Van Nostrand, of East Setauket, at Cedar (Credit: Chris Ware)

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, while raising awareness for Alzheimer's disease. (July 24, 2012)

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.

Bill Van Nostrand, of East Setauket, at Cedar
(Credit: Chris Ware)

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)

Bill Van Nostrand, of East Setauket, who is
(Credit: Chris Ware)

Bill Van Nostrand, of East Setauket, who is a neuroscientist who has researched Alzheimer's disease for about 25 years, will be one of 18 people on the Athletes for Alzheimer's team> Each team member has pledged to raise a minimum of $5,000 for the Alzheimer's Association, New York City Chapter, director of operations Nicholas Emerson said. (July 24, 2012)

Bill Van Nostrand, of East Setauket, at Cedar
(Credit: Chris Ware)

Bill Van Nostrand, of East Setauket, at Cedar Beach in Mount Sinai. The NYC Ironman Triathlon on Aug. 11 will be Van Nostrand's eighth Ironman since 2007. He has about 20 half-Ironman competitions under his belt. (July 24, 2012)

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Bill Van Nostrand, of East Setauket, at Cedar
(Credit: Chris Ware)

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, while raising awareness for Alzheimer's disease. (July 24, 2012)

Bill Van Nostrand, of East Setauket, has a
(Credit: Chris Ware)

Bill Van Nostrand, of East Setauket, has a goal to swim, bike and run a total of 140.6 miles in 17 hours in New York City's first Ironman event on Aug. 11. In doing so he will help call attention to Alzheimer's disease. (July 24, 2012)

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