BENEFITING: THE IRONMAN FOUNDATION
ORGANIZER: THE IRONMAN FOUNDATION
EVENT: IRONMAN Race for Free 2014
140.6 miles....for a cause!
In 2011, I did my first half marathon. I had been running, more or less, since 2003 when I joined cross country as a sophomore at Waverly-Shell Rock High School. I thought the idea of running any further than a 5K (3.1 miles) was insane, let alone 13.1 miles. I was convinced to do this first half marathon just a couple weeks before it took place, and, to be expected, I didn't do particularly well. Afterwards, I hurt everywhere, I had stomach cramps, and I couldn't believe I had choose (and paid!) to put myself through 2 and a half hours of torture. But I survived, and I was changed!
It wasn't long until I was back on the trails, preparing myself to do it all again, only better. After doing another half marathon, I set my sights on a marathon. 26.2 miles seemed just as crazy as 13.1 had just a year before, but this time I knew I could do it. That first half marathon showed me that I was capable of things I couldn't even imagine. Since then, I have done 2 more marathons, some half's, a few 5K's, and I began dabbling in triathlons. The world of endurance sports had sucked me in. I loved the competition! Not just with the other competitors, but mostly with myself. Everyday I train I compete with myself, with that voice inside that say's "I'm tired", or "It can wait until tomorrow".
And now I've decided to an Ironman triathlon. For most of you that are unaware, an Ironman consists of a 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike ride, and then a marathon, for a total of 140.6 miles. And all this must be completed by midnight, 17 hours after the gun goes off. Any single leg of this race is an endurance event unto itself. Right now, this feels to me like the very first half marathon I did. I'm asking myself why anyone would do this, why am I, and can I even do this. But what I've learned about myself is that I can, and I will!
What differentiates this race from all the rest, more than just the distance, is that this time it isn't just about me. Until now, all the training and all the races have been about me. Competing against myself, pushing myself, and earning that "Finisher" status, for myself. This time, I don't want to just cross that finish line and have everything go back to normal when I get home. I want something to have changed. That's why I've decided to raise money for the Ironman Foundation in leading up to the race. I have set my goal at $3,000, but I would like to raise a whole lot more if I can. The Ironman Foundation is a non-profit organization that partners with various local and national non-profit groups. The money it raises is then dispersed to these groups, and they put it to good use, bettering their communities and putting it towards medical research.
When I cross that finish line, I won't have just raced 140.6 mile, I will have, with your help, provided funds needed to keep an after-school program running, kept youth sports programs equipped, and provided research money to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Compared to that, 140.6 miles doesn't seem so bad.
So, please join me in this epic journey, help me reach $3,000, and together we’ll accomplish something amazing! Also, follow my journey by going to campbelladamr.blogspot.com to stay up-to-date on my training, fundraising, and races.
P.S. Did I mention all donations are tax-deductible?! What’s stopping you? Necessary tax information will be e-mailed to you immediately after you make your donation online. Thank you!