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Jennifer Lopez will compete in her first triathlon to raise money for charity.

The 39-year-old singer and wife of Marc Anthony has just launched her new blog on the SELF magazine website, and will be joined by the magazine’s editor-in-chief Lucy Danziger when she takes part in the September 14 Nautica Malibu Triathlon in Malibu, California.

“You have to start slow and give yourself time,” Lopez told Good Morning America. “I’m always challenging myself and seeing what I can do.”

Lopez was named as one of SELF’s 10 most inspiring women of 2008, and says she is determined to finish the triathlon… even if she “has to crawl across that finish line.”

As well as inspiring people to get out there and enjoy sports, Lopez is also raising money for the Children's Hospital Los Angeles. Readers of her blog can donate money to the charity as well as follow her progress as she trains for the event.

According to the SELF website, doing it “for the kids” was the main reason Lopez decided to compete in the triathlon , and she’s thrilled to raise money and awareness for one of the top children’s hospitals in the country.

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