Doggone Determined

German Cyclist Vows ‘Never Give Up’

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Posted: January 23, 2014

Randolph Westphal of Nidderau, Germany, poses for a photo with his sled dogs, Nanook, a Siberian husky, and Chinook, an Alaskan malamute, at the Holiday Inn on East Market Street in Harrisonburg on Wednesday. In 1987, Westphal was diagnosed with malignant skin cancer and given six months to a year to live. More than 25 years later, he is in the midst of his sixth world cycling tour to tell cancer patients to “never give up.” (Photos by Michael Reilly / DN-R)
Westphal gives Chinook and Nanook some exercise in the parking lot at the Holiday Inn on Wednesday. The distance Westphal has traveled with his dogs — he is up to about 130,000 miles from all the world trips — landed him in the Guinness Book of World Records.
Randolph Westphal, of Nidderau, Germany, tries to speak to civic clubs, universities and anyone else who will entertain him wherever he goes. He was asked to speak to cancer patients for the first time in Quebec in 1990. “I was close to heart attack because I never talked to people,” Westphal said.

HARRISONBURG — Randolph Westphal will celebrate his 56th birthday today with as little or as much fanfare as the world around him chooses.

He’ll accept the low-key approach because, after all,…

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