I am a retired U.S. Marine, with two deployments to Iraq, and one of the 2017 Kona drawing winners. I didn’t have a chance to tell my story when I registered for Kona...
My involvement with triathlons started in the summer of 2013 when a friend asked my wife Julie and I if we would do a sprint triathlon with her. Since then, I have completed three Olympic distance triathlons, IRONMAN Louisville, KY and IRONMAN Wilmington, NC. The sport has provided me with a healthier lifestyle, but most importantly, triathlon has provided me with the opportunity to meet incredible people. While racing in the New York City Triathlon, in 2016, I had the honor and pleasure of meeting the para-triathletes, Community Athletes, and volunteers for the Semper Fi Fund. I researched the organization, and I joined as a Community Athlete.
The Community Athletes Program consists of compassionate people who take the time and initiative to compete in athletic events, create fundraising teams and host athletic events around the world. By pledging to raise funds and awareness for the Semper Fi Fund, our donations allow Semper Fi Fund to continue helping our injured service members and their families. By rallying communities in support of the Semper Fi Fund, Community Athletes show our wounded, critically ill and injured service members they are not forgotten. The funding and awareness that is raised by Community Athletes is an integral part of the support system that the Semper Fi Fund needs to accomplish its mission.
My "lucky" entry to Kona must serve a higher purpose and benefit someone other than myself. I want to use my entry to the iconic race to help raise awareness and as a fundraiser event for the Semper Fi Fund. I truly appreciate any guidance and support you can provide. It will benefit a great cause! Please feel free to visit the Semper Fi Fund page for additional information.