My 2012 race season is over... finally! Thanks for helping to find a cure for mesothelioma, a cancer caused by asbestos exposure.
My father Loren, like many mesothelioma victims, was a hard working tradesman who was exposed to asbestos on job sites during his career as a carpenter. In 2007, mesothelioma took him before his time. I want to help find a cure and improve treatment for this cruel disease so others don't have to suffer as Loren did. Mesothelioma cases are expected to peak worldwide within the next 10 years, so now is the time to help!
So... what am I doing this time?
On a whim and looking for motivation to stay in shape, I started the sport of triathlon last year. After some swim, bike and run training, I started by racing and logging respectable times in several sprint-distance and olympic-distance events.
This year I'm moving up to a longer distance event -- the Half-Ironman.
On a scale from zero to grueling, this distance is only half grueling compared to the Ironman you've probably heard about. But still, it is no joke. It is a serious 70.3 mile physical and mental endurance test in three sports:
- 1.2 mile open water swim
- 56 mile bicycle ride
- 13.1 mile run
Update: I finished the Orangeman Half-Iron distance tri on September 23rd in 5hrs, 34 minutes -- 42nd place and 4th in my age group! I'm glad to have finished and happy with the result.
Check out the Race Results graphic for the other events I've completed in 2012.
About the charity...
Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation (MARF) is the national organization dedicated to eradicating mesothelioma as a life-ending disease by: funding the highest quality and most promising research projects from around the world through a rigorous peer-reviewed process; helping patients connect with national meso experts and obtain the most up-to-date information on treatment options; and advocating in Washington D.C. for federal mesothelioma research funding to stop this national tragedy.
Please join me in reaching my goal of raising $10,000 in 2012 by taking the time to make a tax-deductable donation now to this worthy cause!
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