Fundraising Contest: Wine for prizes!!!
April 05, 2016
I, like so many crazy others before me, decided this was the year to race IM Vineman. For those that know, well, skip the next sentence. For those that don't, and Ironman event consists of 2.4 mile swim, a 112 mile bike ride, and a 26.2 mile run. In one day. Without a car. It will take me 12 hours if I am fast, 14 if reality sets in. 12 hours. Most people can't even watch Breaking Bad this long.
Why? For one, I love triathlon. There is so much humanity at the finish line of a triathlon. Strangers high-fiving each other. People cheering you on, encouraging you as they understand the sacrifices you made to step over that line. Triathlon brings out the best in all, and allows us all to test our limits, pushing our bodies and minds and seeing if we survive.
Why raise money for the IMF? Simply put, I want to thank the people who bring me light in my darkest moments. These are the volunteers. These are people that don't get paid, but put themselves out there from various charities and local community organizations. They are the light in my darkest race moments.
Imagine it: Mile 18. The sun has set. All you have heard for the past time has been your feet on the pavement. You start to doubt. 8 miles seems like forever, galaxies away. You want to quit. Now. Nothing feels good, you want food, a bed, and sleep. But you step. And step. Then you see it. 200 yards ahead, there is this oasis, a place with noise, people, food, drinks. You are drawn to it like a moth to light. As you stumble in, some stranger you don't know smiles at you, cheers you on, hands you food and drink. Your doubt slips away, your resolve returns. Now, the finish line doesn't seem so far away. Those volunteers bring motivation. They make it possible to do something so selfish by being so selfless themselves.
It is time for me to give back. I can, so I should. Too many races have gone by with mumbled, strained thank-yous as the only giving I have done for those wonderful volunteers. Now, I can give more. You can give more. The money I raise goes to fund the local charities near Vineman. These are the source of many of our volunteers who work those aid stations.
I can, so I will.