BENEFITING: The Hall STEPS Foundation
RICH ROLL is a vegan ultra-endurance athlete, wellness advocate, and inspiration to people worldwide as a transformative example of healthy living.
Rich has his sights on a top finish at the 2011 Ultraman World Championships, which will be held in Hawaii on November 25-27. Ultraman is a double-ironman distance triathlon considered one of the world’s most grueling endurance races.
Alongside his training for the competition, Rich is raising funds in support of The Hall STEPS Foundation. Founded in late 2009 by professional runners Ryan & Sara Hall, STEPS is a non-profit movement to fight poverty through better health. It is a lifestyle philanthropy that encourages supporters to make a personal commitment to their own health and wellness, using that as a catalyst to ignite change and make a difference in the lives of others.
This fall season, STEPS is grateful to support the work of two wonderful, inspiring organizations committed to helping people in need: KickStart and World Vision! Learn more about STEPS and its charitable giving here. To make a donation to STEPS and support Rich in next month’s Ultraman, click the orange “DONATE” button to the right and follow the simple instructions.
After competing as a world-ranked swimmer at Stanford University in the late 1980s, Rich Roll succumbed to the sedentary throes of middle age, tipping the scales 50 pounds overweight. To celebrate his 40thbirthday in 2006, he overhauled his diet, became a dedicated vegan, and recommitted himself to a fit and healthy life.
Less than two years later, Rich returned to competitive athletics with a respectable 11thplace at the 2008 Ultraman World Championships, becoming the first vegan to ever complete the event. In 2009, he returned to finish 6thafter a Day 1 victory that had him leading the field by 10 minutes. In May 2010, Rich and fellow ultra-endurance athlete Jason Lester accomplished EPIC5. An unprecedented feat of staggering endurance, Rich and Jason completed five ironman-distance triathlons on five separate islands of Hawaii in under a week. EPIC5 firmly established Rich as one of the world’s premiere endurance athletes.
Rich has written about his personal transformation, plant-based nutrition, and athletic pursuits for CNN.com and an array of other online publications. His inspirational memoir, Finding Ultra (Crown/Random House), is set to hit bookstores in the spring of 2012.
Rich resides in Malibu, CA, where he is raising two young daughters and two teenage stepsons with his wife of nine years, Julie Piatt. In addition to his law practice, Rich & Julie run Jai Lifestyle, a wellness company offering products, services, retreats, and workshops in furtherance of optimum health. Rich & Julie recently released their first vegan e-cookbook, JAI SEED, which is available for purchase at www.jai-lifestyle.com. For additional information, visit www.richroll.com and follow Rich on Twitter (@richroll).