BENEFITING: THE IRONMAN FOUNDATION
ORGANIZER: THE IRONMAN FOUNDATION
EVENT: TEAM IMF
EVENT DATE: Nov 15, 2015
I competed in my first triathlon four years ago for my 30th birthday. Inspired by two friends who started racing as a way to get in shape, I needed to make a change of my own. At the time I was working long hours (80+ hrs/wk) and completely exhausted. Setting a goal to train and race was incentive enough to get away from my desk and spend time outdoors with people I cared about.
My first tri was just a sprint distance. The water was choppy (aka I swam backstroke). The course was hilly and featured an unfortunate bloated cow. I was lapped... Several times... by a 12-year old. And admittedly I was happy. I had far from the best time (next to last place finish), but I was surrounded by friends and a community who supported me.
It is this community I fell in love with, and ultimately, these friends and family who have encouraged me to set new goals. In the last four years I have continued my birthday tradition (including several half trathlons), moved across the country, started a business, and earned my Master of Architecture.
Sedentary tasks (like my hours spent designing at a desk, or relaxing in front of the TV, or sitting endlessly behind a wheel) increase premature mortality risk (http://1.usa.gov/1CrtX2d). In the US today's children maybe the first generation to have a shorter life expectancy than their parents (http://bit.ly/1Hx8E1u). Arizona has the nation's 7th highest obesity rate for children between 10 and 17 years of age (http://1.usa.gov/1HPJhbn).
Training for IMAZ 2015 helps my own mental health and mortality. Training with the Ironman Foundation helps fund grant opportunities for local non-profits within my IRONMAN race community.
I can't wait to celebrate my 35th year by challenging myself and giving back to the community who's given me so much. Thank you for your support!
A little about THE IRONMAN FOUNDATION:
All money raised through the TEAM IMF program will benefit The IRONMAN Foundation, and specifically - the Community Fund Program. This program benefits those in the communities where IRONMAN events are held, by providing charitable support to a variety of local non-profit organizations that recognize citizens in need and provide support to the local community.
Within those communities, The IRONMAN Foundation will provide grant funding opportunities to non-profit organizations, while also working with community leaders to identify projects that will benefit the community and provide funding to support those initiatives. The IRONMAN Foundation has provided funding opportunities of nearly twenty nine million dollars to numerous non-profit beneficiaries worldwide.