No matter where you are on your heart health journey, this man’s story will help invigorate your goals towards a heart healthy life!

If you haven’t already met Chris Barritt of Carroll County, former heart tumor surgery patient at Washington Adventist Hospital, you should know he’s no ordinary guy. For all the motorcycle enthusiasts out there, Chris is known as an adventure rider. So it should come as no surprise that he manages to inspire us every time we check back in with him!

Chris started his journey with us back in April of 2011 at the age of 57, when he was diagnosed with a heart tumor. With the help of open heart surgery to remove the tumor, Chris was able to recover just in time for one of his most ambitious adventure rides, a 5,000 mile cross-country trip from his home in Maryland through Canada, Labrador, Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont.

Trans America Trail

The start to another adventure ride on the Trans America Trail.

This past year, Chris picked up where he left off on the Trans America Trail completing the most challenging portion of the  journey, starting in Denver, Colorado, traveling through the Utah canyons, the deserts of Nevada, and across Oregon to the Pacific Ocean.

Former Washington Adventist Heart Patient

Chris Barritt, former heart tumor surgery patient, on his road trip through Cinnamon Pass, Colorado.

Chris was excited to share with us that his heart was up for the challenge! He told us that to prepare for this latest adventure, he was running about 2.5 miles a day, 3 times a week, as well as bicycling 6 miles a day, twice a week (weather permitting). To add to that, he’s training for a sprint triathlon this coming June and has recently added swimming classes to his training!

Chris reminds us of the importance of staying active and how not to waste a single heart-beat.  Check out more tips from Chris, here, on how he stays heart healthy!

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