Kevin Lynch via Crowdrise
September 24, 2015
BENEFITING: THE IRONMAN FOUNDATION
ORGANIZER: THE IRONMAN FOUNDATION
EVENT: TEAM IMF
EVENT DATE: Sep 27, 2015
Thank you in advance for considering supporting my Ironman Journey.
To provide a little context of how I got here, it starts nearly 10 years ago. While struggling through a difficult time in my life, I lost 60 pounds and started running, more for the mental benefit than physical. Following that and running for about three years, my wife encouraged me to run the 2008 Thanksgiving Day Half Marathon in Atlanta. All she needed to say was that she believed I could do it and I went to work. Sometimes (really most times, but tell anyone) all men need is sincere encouragement in anything, not just physical challenges but professional and personal as well. So I began to run longer and longer. I learned so much, mostly about what I didn't know I didn't know. I had no clue how my body would react to long distance running, and never knew of black toenails before then. Of course I can go on and on about lessons learned. I’ve threatened to write a “What to Expect When You’re Running” book.
That experience led to my first full marathon, the 2010 Air Force Marathon at Wright Patterson AFB in Ohio. Quick tip...don't take on such a big challenge an airplane ride away. Big mistake, but lesson learned. Next, I completed a full marathon at Disney in 2011 followed by the Goofy a year later in 2011. There were several halfs in between that became a routine run.
To venture out further, I began riding a road bike and found a new love. My first century was completed with an 18.2 mph average. A friend of mine from church asked me to ride the Triple Bypass with him in Colorado. Well, that didn't go very well the first time as this GA boy was not used to high altitude riding. Another lesson learned, but we did it last year and had a much better time.
With that, I started competing in small triathlons and really liked to mix of disciplines in one race. I had better than average times in Sprints but soon set my eye on a half ironman in Augusta. Remember the lesson learned about airplane rides away from home, well I stayed close for my first 70.3. Because of the experience I gained from my full marathons, mostly attributable to the training I did to complete the Goofy, my Augusta 70.3 experience was awesome.
As with all of my races, I considered my next challenge and of course my wife said, I know you can do that....well that leads me to Chattanooga, my first full Ironman. To be completely honest, I’ve slipped a little over the past year and need a kick in the butt to get motivated again. To keep myself honest, I've decided to compete not just for myself but for charity as well. See, with your contribution, I'm not only competing for the Ironman Foundation, but competing for you. I need that extra support because this distance is really intimidating. I really want to finish, without a trip to the hospital.
I have nearly a year to train and this will be the toughest physical challenge I've ever taken. With your support, I will race and will not let you down. Consider sponsoring me by the miles raced or miles trained. Either way, your support is greatly appreciated.
Thank you again for considering supporting me. IMF has written the below statement describing the charity. It's a great cause and I am proud to be a part of it.
Thank you again
THE IRONMAN FOUNDATION wrote -
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.