BENEFITING: THE IRONMAN FOUNDATION
ORGANIZER: THE IRONMAN FOUNDATION
EVENT: TEAM IMF
EVENT DATE: Oct 03, 2015
When I finished Ironman Kona in 2014 I knew I wanted to do another one. Sadly, I didn’t get a slot in the Kona Ironman this year. Being the Ironman World Championships, most slots require qualifying through another race. I rely on the slots that are offered as a courtesy to residents of the Big Island and awarded through a drawing. Luck was with me last year, but not so this year.
As soon as I saw that I did not get a slot this year, I began looking at possible alternatives, as I really want to do another full Ironman. There are several races later in the year that looked intriguing, like Cozumel and Los Cabos. Pretty scenery, warm water, a little vacation with the race. But, I found a race in Cambridge, Maryland on October 3, 2015 that looked interesting and is near my old stomping ground. Looking into registration, I found the race was sold out, but it looked like there might be an opportunity to get in through the Ironman Foundation. Upon checking, I learned that there was one spot that had opened up due to injury to another athlete. Perhaps it was fate.
The IRONMAN Foundation was established in 2003 as a way for IRONMAN to leave a legacy behind in communities where IRONMAN events take place. The mission of the Foundation is: to leave IRONMAN's legacy through philanthropy, volunteerism and grant making by supporting various athletic, community, education, health, human services and public benefit non-profits organizations around the world.
Racing for Ironman Foundation seemed like a good thing for me. Because of where we live on the island, it’s hard for me to be as active as I used to be in volunteer activities. While I still have my charitable contributions budget and still occasionally do some work for the American Vaulting Association, I don’t do much hands on. And while racing for a cause isn’t quite the same thing, at least my race has some purpose outside of self-interest. Triathlon is an expensive sport. One of the things I think about when training and racing is how blessed I am to be able to do this, both my health and financial good fortune. I know that many in all the communities that host triathlons, including many of the awesome volunteers that make the events happen, are able to participate. This is one small way to help give back to them.
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.
So, I’ve made the commitment. But now comes the hard part. No, it’s not the training. I’m finding that my base level of fitness is strong enough that I can ramp up fairly quickly. And I am so used to getting up early to train that I now wake-up between 4:00 a.m. and 4:30 a.m. pretty routinely. The challenge will be in fundraising to meet my commitment of $3,000. And, unlike the other Foundation athletes, I have only three months to reach that goal. Plus, the way the Foundation slots work, I have a slot reserved, but I can’t actually register for the event until I reach $1,500.
I hope you will help me give back to the community by donating to my effort. Your part will only take a few minutes. I'll do the heavy lifting.