Back in 2017 I had the privilege to race in the Atlantic City 70.3 Ironman Triathlon as part of group fundraiser for Stomp the Monster (a 100% volunteer organization that provides support to people going through cancer treatment who are also struggling financially to pay for day to day basic needs). It was so rewarding that I did it on my own in 2018 and 2019 (many of you reading this have support Stomp through these annual fundraisers some or all three of these years: THANK YOU!).
At last year’s Donor Appreciation Party my wife Hanna and I excitedly announced that the plan for 2020 was to do the fundraiser together and do the race as a relay (Hanna swimming and me biking and running). Well, as we all know, many many plans have been forced to change in 2020 due to the pandemic. With all races this year cancelled, there can't be a 4th Atlantic City 70.3 Ironman for Stomp the Monster and a first annual relay. HOWEVER, the number of people in need of the financial and emotional support that Stomp provides is greater than ever due to the deep recession the pandemic has created. SO, the fundraiser and modified "race" needs to go on! Instead of doing an actual half ironman triathlon race as a relay, Hanna and I are going to "race" on our own to fundraise for Stomp. On September 19 Hanna is going to do the swim and run of a Half Ironman Triathlon (1.2 mile Swim and 13.1 Mile (half marathon) run) and I am going to do 3/4s of the swim, bike, and run of a full Ironman (2 mile swim, 84 mile bike, and 20 mile run). This will be Hanna's first ever half marathon run and this will be 50% longer than my longest effort to date (a half Ironman). We both wanted to stretch ourselves to support the brave men, women and children that Stomp supports through a challenge that makes these athletic efforts trivial. As a fundraising bonus, that is also the week the Mid-Hudson Runners Club is doing a virtual version of the Dutchess County Classic (Half Marathon and 5k). They are donating all of the proceeds to the Dutchess Responds Charity (supporting people struggling financially In Dutchess County during the pandemic). SO, Hanna and I are both doing the half marathon as part of our "race" on 9/19 and I am also doing the 5k (since I am running 20 miles I figured I would do both ;-).
This year we are dedicating our "races" and this fundraiser to David Bradley Beayon. David was an enthusiastic supporter of Stomp the Monster over the last two years while himself battling the monster (brain cancer). We were awed by the courage, positivity and gratitude he had during the two years before he was taken from us on March 26 of 2020. Please help us honor his memory by helping Stomp support those battling cancer who are still with us.