Support the 8th Annual Ironbaby!
Ok, now let's check out the course...
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(Google Maps doesn't have a runner icon, so I used a wheelchair. That's probably what we'll need by that time anyway.)
We will be completing a self-supported Ironman-distance triathlon on Oct 26th, 2012. This will be the eighth time we've done it, always for charity. We would love your support!
Here's the FAQ:
Q: What charities are you racing for and why?
A: I missed my first "real" Ironman because my son was born 2.5 months premature. He toughed it out and showed me what a real Ironman truly is. In his honor, I completed my own "solo" Ironman distance race in my hometown. I named this the race the "Ironbaby."
Usually, we race the "Ironbaby" annually to raise money for three charities. We have chosen the March of Dimes (they help hospitalized kids and without their assistance my son may have never made it) and the Ronald McDonald House (they gave us a place to stay near the hospital in Houston). I have also included the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research to the list because my own dad is struggling with this terrible disease. This year, we are raising money for Mikey McHugh, who is suffering terribly from Hirschsprung's Disease.
Donation links are at the bottom of this page.
Q: How long is this event?
A: It's a 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike ride, then a 26.2 mile run.
Q: Are you serious?
A: Absolutely! We've done this annually for seven years.
Q: How do you do it?
A: We do the swim at a local pool (next to my awesome swim team - The "Brazos Splash"), then drive to my house, bike 4 loops so that I can swing by the house and refuel, then run 9 loops around the neighborhood near the house so that we can also refuel on the run.
Q: This sounds easier/harder than a "real" Ironman. Is it?
A: It's just as hard, some say even harder! There's no crowds to motivate you, so you have to totally support yourself, and quitting is very tempting when you keep passing your own house multiple times. I've done both kinds and sometimes this actually feels harder. The toughest year, the temperature stayed between 34 and 44 degrees all day long. It is still the coldest Ironman I've ever heard of. It was brutal!
Q: Can I join you?
A: Absolutely! The course will be laid out soon and anybody can come out for part or all of it. The company would be fun. It is in College Station, TX.
Q: How can I follow you on that day?
A: We will be posting to Twitter as we go along. It is always lots of fun to watch!
Q: How will you be collecting funds?
A: Just click the link below and donate directly to the family. Let me know how much you donated by sending Texafornia at Gmail.com an email with "Ironbaby" in the subject line and how much you donated. I will post your first (and last if you ask) names as "sponsors".
Here is the Ironbaby's charity of choice - The March of Dimes. Just click on their logo to donate.
Thanks and have fun!
- Coach Brett