Down Memory Lane: 22 September 2011 – nearly the end for Tony O’Keeffe


Down Memory Lane: 22 September 2011 – nearly the end for Tony O’Keeffe


Tony O’Keeffe competed in the 33st Annual K-Town Triathlon this past Sunday, 31 July. (photo left by Kommy Farahani)

To any of us that know him we were not surprised to hear that he won his age group. Again! He did finish 7th overall. Very Impressive for a 50 plus year old!!

For those who are not familiar with the name Tony O’Keeffe. A little background is in order.

The Chateauguay Quebec native held a number of military positions at Royal Military College of Canada. This includes stints as: Squadron Commander; Division Commander; Staff Officer at Canadian Defence Academy, RMCC Chief Of Staff and his last position was Director of Cadets.

Tony left RMCC in 2010 for a desk job in Ottawa. Within a year he was off again to NORAD HQ located in Colorado Springs. He took off his military uniform for the last time while serving at NORAD HQ three years ago with close to 33 years pensionable time under his belt.

The intent of this article is not to cover all of his accomplishments in uniform or as an athlete.

Rather as a Down Memory Lane piece – here goes…

Severely injured NORAD athlete makes amazing recovery and comeback to Ultraman Triathlon World Championships…full article…


While training on U.S. Air Force Academy grounds in Colorado Springs on 22 September 2011, a truck coming in the opposite direction hit O’Keeffe head-on. The impact forced his body into his time trial bicycle’s handlebars and through the truck’s windshield where he bounced off and finally hit the road.

Full article here