6 iron distance races…. 6 continents….. 1 year….. 1 cause: Well Aware
An iron distance triathlon is a 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike, and 26.2 mile marathon all completed in less than a day. Many consider this event impossible. It is not. Another feat that is considered impossible is supplying clean water to the world’s children that need it most. This too is indeed possible through the efforts of WELL AWARE.
On May 25th, I will have completed the 6 continents! I will be racing in Florianopolis Brazil.
My first race was in Naples Florida in January.
Number 2 continent was Australia with completion of Ironman Melbourne in March.
Africa was during the first week in April. While in Port Elizabeth, South Africa I spent nearly 11 days with Rotarian member Lindi Gillespie, her two children and parents. Their hospitality was extremely appreciated.
From Africa I traveled directly to Taiwan to check off the fourth continent (Asia).
A welcome 3 week break came before competing in Spain on May 10th. This race was especially difficult because of a 15 hour time limit. It meant that I would need to complete the race quicker than all but 3 of my total 11 race completions.
While in Asia I learned that I was selected for a lottery slot to Kona in October. Kona Hawaii is where the world championships are held for Ironman and nearly 100,000 people compete for the valuable 1900 slots. Yearly, NBC tapes and edits the race for broadcast in November/December. They do several human interest stories during the course of the broadcast and I am working on making Well Aware a part of that broadcast.