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Sheldon Gilbert's Fundraiser:

The Extra Mile

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Sheldon Gilbert

THE STORY:

In September of 2016, I had the harebrained idea of running an Ironman.   So, I joined a triathlon club and started training.  Hard to believe that was almost a year ago.

For those of you who are not familiar with the insanity of an Ironman competition, it is a race not unlike a marathon.   In fact, part of an Ironman race is a full marathon (26.2 mile run) but before you do the marathon you swim 2.4 miles in open water and then ride your bike 112 miles to get to the starting line of the marathon.  140.6 miles total (but who's counting).

If that sounds crazy to you, there is good reason.  IT IS CRAZY.    

While most races have a 17 hr time limit, world champions complete the race in just over 8 hrs.  The average triathlete seems to take about 12.5 hrs to complete the ordeal.  My goal is to complete the race in 12.5 hrs.   Average.   Sounded much more ambitious before I wrote it down:-(

I am told that most triathletes start with shorter races.  In fact, more than half of the athletes in my triathlon club have never attempted a full Ironman.   They think I am a bit crazy trying this for my first triathlon.   They’re probably right. Go big or go home, I guess.

Aside from ticking a box on the bucket list, I would like to accomplish something with this effort and that is where you come in.   Donna and I have decided to donate $1000 to the Southern Poverty Law Center in honor of my effort and I hope to raise an additional $10,000 from friends and family (remember: Go big or go home).   If you aren't familiar with this amazing organization, I encourage you to check them out (splcenter.org).   

The SPLC is dedicated to fighting hate and bigotry and to seeking justice for the most vulnerable members of our society. They were founded in the early 70's by this incredible attorney, Morris Dees and, in spite of frequent death threats and attempts to actually carry through on these threats, to this day he and his team continue to devote their lives to fighting for the rights of others.   In light of how bigotry, prejudice and hate are making a bit of a resurgence in our country (accepted, if not encouraged, by the current administration and some of their supporters), I can’t think of a better cause to support.

So, on July 29, I will be going the extra mile (actually, just over 140 of them) at the Santa Rosa Ironman.   

Please consider going the extra mile with me by clicking on the "DONATE" link above  and making a donation to the SPLC in support of my insane 12.5 hr ordeal.  

I appreciate all of the support and encouragement I have received and continue to receive from friends and family through the  long hours training, getting injured, recovering from injury and training more.  I hope that my efforts and yours will make a difference for the SPLC and the many many folks they help.

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To This Fundraiser

$5,638

MONEY RAISED
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  • Josh & Liz Perlman

    $50

  • Irena and Irv Olender

    $100

  • Sacks-Mohan Family

    $140

  • Elena Solomon

    $18

  • Natalie and Nate Solomon

    $200

  • David & Nancy

     

  • Bob and Kim Chortek

    $1,000

  • Chris Pinkham and Christine Dunkley

    $500

  • Rabbi Melanie Aron

     

  • Marc and Tori Zissman

    $100

  • Nebi Alemu

    $50

  • Paul and Ellen Richman

    $100

  • Haig & Mary Sarkissian

    $100

  • Joel & Michelle Greenberg

    $200

  • Heidi Eisips

     

  • Ray-Sylvia Gilbert

    $100

  • Elissa and Andrew Delman

    $25

  • Jan Qubain

    $50

  • Stuart and Linda Katzman

    $100

  • Howard & Jacqueline Gilbert

    $250

  • Dawn, Joel, Emily, Rachel and Rex Gringorten

    $250

  • Fred Endelman

    $118

  • douglas masters

    $100

  • Julie Collier

     

  • Monica Levine

    $50

  • Naomi & David Parker

    $50

  • Jeff E.

    $100

  • Michelle Block

     

  • Jon and Susan Sweedler

    $500

  • Gary & Kathy Tuchman

    $50

  • Rosalyn and Scott Schreiman

    $50

  • Jeff and Jenilyn Gilbert

     

  • Louise and Ron tuchman

    $100

  • Gary & Lisa Malkin

    $100

  • Karen Taylor

    $50

  • Anonymous

     

  • Gayle Perlman

     

  • Neil Kane

    $100

  • Gordon Gladstone

    $36

  • Arielle S.

    $15

  • Sabine Lams

    $100

  • Carol Shapiro Gutstein

     

  • The Somers

    $100

  • Steven Malkin/Pamela Weiner

     

  • Gabriel Jacobson

    $100

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56% Raised of $10,000 Goal

Donor Comments

Gabriel Jacobson

Gabriel Jacobson

DONATION: $100

Sheldon Gilbert 3 weeks ago

Steven Malkin/Pamela Weiner

Steven Malkin/Pamela Weiner

In honor of a Sheldon--Way to go! 3 weeks ago

The Somers

The Somers

DONATION: $100

Well done! 3 weeks ago

Carol Shapiro Gutstein

Carol Shapiro Gutstein

3 weeks ago

Sabine Lams

Sabine Lams

DONATION: $100

Congratulations! What an achievement!!! The grind of training and completing all those miles is a testament of your drive and determination. Very impressive!!! 3 weeks ago

Arielle S.

Arielle S.

DONATION: $15

HOORAY!!!!! 3 weeks ago

Gordon Gladstone

Gordon Gladstone

DONATION: $36

3 weeks ago

Neil Kane

Neil Kane

DONATION: $100

3 weeks ago

Gayle Perlman

Gayle Perlman

4 weeks ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

4 weeks ago