Team Member: Laura Stiles-Kottke

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EVENT DATE Jul 19, 2014


Lamp Missions wrote -

"We seriously hope and believe that we can make a difference in this world..."

In an effort to raise money to provide aid and support to others, A father and daughter aim to complete an endurance distance triathlon on a different continent every year.

The Cap Tex Tri in Austin Texas will be our first race of this journey on May 26, 2014. 

What about Antarctica? The world is a really large place and we imagine there are better places to run or even do a triathlon than on Antarctica. Plus we think it would be really really cold to swim there. Is it possible to even bike in the snow?

As the fundraiser campaign progresses, other race locations will be announced.

So how did this all start? 2007…at the age of five, our daughter Sophia sold ice cream to benefit those in need…she gathered together her neighborhood friends, family, and sponsors to raise enough money to load a Mobile Loaves and Fishes truck to benefit approximately 100 men, women, and children in Austin, Texas. She continued to hold such events annually for several years and is the original inspiration for all of this.  

What does Ice Cream have to do with Triathlons? Sophia's dad has participated in the sport of triathlon since 1997. So around the age of 5, Sophia began to follow her dad as he trained for various races. The Hill Country Triathlon Club in Kyle, Texas hosts races for kids. So she started perfecting her swim as she was cheered to swim her first 25 yards, bike on her training wheels, and run ½ a mile.

Sophia Kottke will be one of the youngest to compete in the Life Time Tri CapTex

Where will my donations go? Sophia and her dad have had many bikes and runs to think about this. This is a really important matter. Because, do you seriously think that a young person is going to run or bike in the Texas heat even over 1 mile, or in freezing winter weather if there was not something else going on.

When we realize...

  • how unequal the amount of provision, resources, and living standards are in this world,
  • that we are healthy and have the nutrition to do this,
  • that life is not just all about us.

...these are just some of the thoughts that help us keep going, because we seriously hope and believe that we can make a difference in this world...

and that is what we are all going to do.

How can you get involved? We have to believe that doing something as crazy as this, get's others to think about their own lives...or that we are really crazy. (we think it is in a good way).There is nothing ordinary about this. That means non ordinary things need to be done.

What can you do to get involved? I am willing to guess that each and every one of you reading this have a race to run in this thing called life. And if you don't, we can find one for you.

Join our team and help us raise donations. Run your own race, do bake sales, other fundraisers, create a team, share this link. It does not have to be in Antarctica, it can be around the track, around the block, or across the country. Whatever that race may be in your life is up to you. It can be anything. 

Be inspired to make a difference, it all starts with the first step. 

Seriously...Where is the money going? Here are the current details.

Up to 80% of funds raised will provide aid and support at this time to the following.

[The Pure Joy Foundation]: We are not kidding, this is one of the poorest places in the world. Donations will go toward self sustaining ​programs that provide clean water, improved healthcare and educational opportunities for the next generation of South Sudanese. 

The Church of Acts in Elsa, Texas see [VIDEO]. We had the pleasure of serving the community here and testify that this operation is making a serious difference in the hearts and minds of those around them. Donations will go toward the children and youth programs at this location. 

[Sports Matter] Billions of dollars in funding cuts are reducing access to youth sports. Something we all take for granted – that every young person has the opportunity to benefit from sports – is at risk. Your donations will go toward a well organized foundation that knows about the world of youth sports. 

Remaining funds will support generating additional awareness, training, equipment, race fees, travel, and other directly related expenses. I am fairly certain that we have covered what that all will do. 

We really like the following verse. We believe the angels, heaven and God almighty are cheering us on.

...And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us... (Hebrews 12:1) NIV "

"Thank you because...seriously we need all the encouragement we can get." 

We really like the sport of triathlons and we think this video is awesome!

Video: Triathlon in the 1940's [Min 1:12 gets really good]

Sophia likes to take pictures

Our Photo Album

If $500 or more is raised by May 23, Sophia will dye her entire face and hair Blue for her last day of school. 



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