EVENT DATE: Dec 01, 2013
For most of my life, I have been involved in sports. I played varsity soccer and lacrosse in high school, soccer in college, have run in 3 marathons, competed in many road and mountain bike races, and recently competed in my first sprint and half-ironman triathlons. Now I have turned my sights to the biggest challenge yet: a Full Ironman Triatlon.
An Ironman Triathlon is one of the ultimate endurance race challenges: a 2.4 mile swim, followed by a 112 mile bike, and then a full 26.2 mile marathon distance run. In celebration of my 50th birthday this year, on December 1st I will take on this beast, and fulfill a lifelong dream of completing a full Ironman Triathlon in Cozumel, Mexico.
To ensure that I adequately prepare, I wanted to hire a coach. My sister-in-law, Jenny Wingrat, is an Occupational Therapist at Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore, and introduced me to her running coach and patient. Coach Tom has completed many triathlons, including several Ironman competitions. Tragically, while on a 100 mile training ride, Tom was hit by a car and became a quadriplegic. He now shares his extensive knowledge of endurance sports coaching runners, triathletes, and endurance athletes. One day, as research and treatment progress, he hopes to compete again.
To help many patients who have experienced spinal cord injuries experience the joy and excitement of participating in running, biking, triathlon and other races, and to honor Coach Tom and what he has given to me, I raising money for Kennedy Krieger, a world-renowned spinal chord injury treatment and research facility. The money I raise through this effort will be used by Kennedy Krieger to pay for specialized equipment that will enable spinal chord patients participate in running and other races.
Additionally, I have two daughters who attend The Key School in Annapolis. This fabulous school unfortunetly does not have enough field space for all of the middle and upper school sports teams. Students are bussed to neighboring fields for practice and games...the varsity baseball team travels in excess of one hour to play on their "home field". The school recently purchased an old golf course just 2 miles down the road, and is in the process of raising money to start building 3 soccer feilds, a baseball diamond, and multiple tenis courts. I am committed to giving half of any monies raised to the Key School athletic fields so that the time my youngest (Maya) enteres middle school, she can have home-team fields. I have been coaching her league team this year, and have loved seeing that same athletic passion in her that I have myself.
Please join me in celebrating my 50th birthday and supporting these two very different but both very worthy causes.
For the past five months, I have been training about 20 hours per week. Please join me in my journey and contribute to Kennedy Krieger and the Key School athletic fields. At the end of this journey on December 1st, I hope to hear those magic words: "MICHAEL GLASS, YOU ARE AN IRONMAN!!"