I'm a 46-year-old graphic designer based in Boulder, CO, and Ironman Boulder will be my first-ever triathlon of any length. I have a long history of all-or-nothing approaches to life -- some good, some not so good, and this challenge is perfectly in line with my character. But this year I'm celebrating a particularly good "nothing" -- 10 years without any alcohol or drugs. I got sober in 2004, and one of the key aspects of my early sobriety was being able to jump on my bike when things got rough and just spin it out. When Phoenix Multisport came along, it was a perfect fit for me and my new life. So to celebrate this event, I'm racing in the Ironman Boulder to raise funds for the organization that helped keep me alive and sober.
Since starting in 2007, Phoenix Multisport has had over 12,000 individuals in recovery from substance abuse attend our programming. Currently, we offer close to 50 events per week with chapters in Boulder, Denver and Colorado Springs. In addition, we run contracted weekly programming at two treatment programs in the greater Denver area and offer two multi-day trips per year, one in Moab, UT and one over New Year's in Ouray, CO. All events are offered at no cost to individuals so long as they have 48 hours of continuous sobriety and a commitment to a sober lifestyle.
In Boulder alone, we currently have close to 300 active members (we define active as having attended at least one event in the past 90 days) and cycling is one of the most popular events that we offer. Our cycling program has had over 1,300 participants since 2007 and our bikes are on their last wheels. This is where you come in. Your donations go towards paying for new bikes for our members to get introduced to the sport and meet new sober friends with whom they can rebuild their lives.
So please help me raise these funds for Phoenix Multisport! I'll do the training, sweating and suffering if you'll donate what you can to this wonderful, growing organization.
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