BENEFITING: THE IRONMAN FOUNDATION
ORGANIZER: THE IRONMAN FOUNDATION
EVENT: TEAM IMF
EVENT DATE: Oct 03, 2015
Hi everybody. I'm so psyched to be able to compete in Ironman Maryland this year on October 3rd!! I want to start by giving you a little glimpse of my story and what led me to this important race. Four years ago, after suddenly loosing my husband of 28 years, as I began to rebuild my life one day at a time I discovered that the camaraderie and physical exertion of training for and competing in many different kinds of races and events was not only something I had always enjoyed, but also was an extremely healing process for me. Unfortunately, I had another game changer about a year ago when I was happily competing in the World Championship Qualifier triathlon. I had the misfortune of crashing into another rider and ended up with a Total Shoulder Replacement (following on the heels of a meniscus repair of my knee). After wondering if I'd ever be able to train and compete in any of these activities that have have been so instrumental to my physical and emotional health during some very difficult times, here I am training for the Ironman! Lots of hard work mentally & physically, and I'm back in the game. The race was full, but Ironman Foundation created an entry for me that will also support local charities! It has become clear to me that this time, the race is not about me - it's about helping out others who are not as fortunate and might not have the kind of support I have received (and continue to receive) from my amazing family, friends, and community. I feel that this is an opportunity to indirectly thank everyone in my life who has given me support in so many ways by paying it forward.
In order to race for the Ironman Foundation I need to raise a minimum of $3,000. This money will go to local charities in Cambridge, MD (where the race will be held). Any support that you might be able to offer in this endeavor to achieve my goal will be SO appreciated. You can donate to my page here and it will be 100% tax deductable. Any amount will be awesome, but to make this more fun and meaningful, you can sponsor any one of the 140.6 miles that I will be racing! Specifically, my suggestion is a donation of:
$100/mile for the 2.4 mile swim
$25/mile for the 112/mile bike &
$50/mile for the 26.2 mile run.
Feel free to surprise me with any amount for the last mile (or the last .2) of the run! You will be racing with me and motivating me to keep going throughout the race - I will write your names on my swim cap for the swim miles, on my legs for the bike miles, and on my arms for the run miles so that I can feel all of your support the whole time! Send me an email with the mile or miles that you are sponsoring to:
email@example.com. I can't wait to bring you with me on this challenge!