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Father in Ironman competition to honor son

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For Steve Bean, Sunday's Ironman race will be an emotional one. He's competing in honor of his son, Cameron, who died last year. Steve thinks about Cameron every day.

"I miss his energy, his encouragement. He just meant the world to me," says Steve, trying not to cry.

Cameron, a 28-year-old athlete, went for an early evening run last September on Moccasin Bend Road when he was struck and killed by a car.

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Steve finished the Ironman just a month after Cameron's death. He says back then he was still in shock. Now that he's had several months to process what happened, it makes this year's competition even tougher.

"This Ironman is one that he signed me up for and I didn't even know," says Steve. "After he died I found out and I just know it's meant for me to do this one."

Kurt Schmissrauter had been close to Cameron for nearly 15 years and also couldn't pass up the chance to compete this year in honor of Cameron.

"Cameron was my best friend and brother. I just miss that daily interaction, that daily sounding board, his energy," says Schmissrauter.

Steve has to cross the finish line again without his son...his training partner. But it's Cameron's memory that will keep him going.

"It means a lot to just do it in his honor," adds Steve.

The Ironman starts early Sunday morning. For information on the competition, visit here. For information on road closures through the weekend, visit here.

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