BENEFITING: THE IRONMAN FOUNDATION
ORGANIZER: THE IRONMAN FOUNDATION
EVENT: TEAM IMF
EVENT DATE: Sep 27, 2015
HOURS PLEDGED: 5
Mileage Tracker: 753
I'll train through September 2015 to compete in Ironman Chattanooga. On September 27th at 7:00 a.m. I'll jump in the Tennessee river to swim 2.4 miles with over 2000 other athletes. After the swim I'll run out of the water, strip my wetsuit and climb on my bike for 112 miles in Tennessee valley heading toward Chickamauga, Georgia. I'm looking forward to the decent leading to the lovely Hog Jowl Rd. which I've heard is really a fun ride. After completing the bike course I'll transition to the run course which follows the river up-stream and makes a two loops which will carry me up the inclinde of Barton Ave. right about when I hit the wall at mile 18! Then over the walking bridge and toward the finish line to glory and beyond.
The Ironman Foundation is devoted to improving lives and communities in the United States through donations to other non-profit organizations responsible for the health, well being and care of citizens in need. I'm so proud to be racing with this organization, racing for a reason. Will you please join me in supporting the race community? All proceeds go directly to the host city!
Started in 2003
- Mission: “To leave IRONMAN’s legacy through philanthropy, volunteerism, and grant making by supporting various athletic, community education, health, human services, and public benefit nonprofit organizations around the world.”
- Purpose: To leave a lasting impact in the race communities where our IRONMAN events are held. The Foundation works with community leaders to help fund local initiatives, as well as give back to the nonprofit organizations that have a volunteerism component. Through these projects, the Foundation leaves a piece of the IRONMAN legacy behind after race day and establishes a stronger relationship with our race communities.
- Over $30 MILLION in grants and donations provided to many deserving global, national, regional, and local nonprofit organizations
- Directly supports 53 race communities in North America
- Nearly 1,000 grants ($1.2 MILLION) in 2014
- Specific examples from 2014:
• The Safe Kids Kootenai County, Idaho was able to provide 17 bicycle helmet safety education events reaching over 600 children in pre-school through 5th grade, where 200 helmets were distributed.
• Education for Tomorrow Alliance served 780 students in 32 junior high classrooms throughout Montgomery County, Texas while engaging 40 positive adult role models (volunteers) in support of education.
• Interfaith of The Woodlands in Texas served 133 families and nearly 550 individuals in crisis with 266 bags of perishable and non-perishable food items.
• Environmental Learning for Kids (ELK) provided hands-on, science education, leadership development, and experiences in Colorado’s outdoors for more than 900 low-income, culturally diverse youth from the Denver area.
• Montgomery Country Youth Services in The Woodlands, TX provided a total of 96 hours of counseling sessions to 8 at-risk you and their families over a three month period.
• 5 ATV’s were purchased to support critical lifesaving needs of our first responder groups.
• KEEN of Phoenix, AZ delivered 1,500 hours of free sports and recreation sessions for 106 children and youth with disabilities. Leveraging 1,800 hours of volunteer engagements, this grant of $30,000 provided a value of over $220,000 to their community.
Ironman is a life changing event and I am so honored to be a part of it and to share my experience with others. Thank you for being on this journey with me. Check back from time to time to see my training logs & fund-raising efforts.
Many thanks & blessings,