I met Scott Rigsby at the Augusta 70.3 Ironman triathlon a couple years ago and was instantly inspired by him and his foundation!
I’m an Augusta, GA native who started running and competing in triathlons in my late twenties. At that time I was starting my art teaching career and needed something to help manage my stress and anxiety levels that came with spending my days with teenagers! I am also an artist/painter who often creates artworks to commemorate endurance events that my friends and I compete in throughout the year.
This year will be my tenth year competing in the Augusta 70.3 Ironman race, but in the last few years it has been a struggle to find motivation to train for it. I look forward to working and training for a greater cause with Scott’s team Iron Freedom.
In 2015, my friend and fellow runner, Mike Donahue, was KIA in Afghanistan. I always think of Mike when I meet or see athletes competing with Scott’s Foundation. My dad, James Brooks Jr., is a three-time Purple Heart recipient and a Vietnam Vet, and my sister, Stephanie Brooks, and many other relatives have served in the United States military. So, I love how this organization helps disabled veterans (as well as others who are disabled) to compete in the Augusta 70.3 race.
I was already planning to participate in the race this year, but I am even more excited to join Scott Rigsby and his team to work towards this awesome mission while training. Each person who donates a minimum of $35 (includes shipping) to my fundraising goal to raise $2500 will receive a signed/numbered commemorative print (size 12x18) of a painting created specifically to honor the mission of the Scott Rigsby Foundation.
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