Thursday, December 1, 2011


There is no doubt competing in an Ironman can be self serving. The months of dedication and commitment to training doesn't exactly make it an instant gratification kind of thing, but the structure you have to commit to with the goal of training up your body to complete this event can take it's toll on your family, job and social life if you're not careful. For me justification comes by making my Ironman about something bigger than just me. For 2012 that something is raising money for the Alzheimer's Association and dedicating this Ironman to my uncle Ron Clarke and others who suffer from this disease. And to all of the family and caregivers who need support, strength and patience assisting loved ones.
Uncle Ron. Christmas 2010

After Ironman Arizona I had no doubt that I would do another Ironman some day. It was easily one of the greatest experiences of my life. I just didn't plan for it to be in 2012. When WTC announced they would hold an inaugural Ironman U.S. Championship in New York City I had thoughts that it would be an amazing experience to race in New York but doing an Ironman in 2012 was just not something my wife and I planned on in 2012. A few months later I received an e-mail that the Ironman organization (WTC) was partnering with several charities and non profits for the Ironman U.S. Championship. One of the organizations was the Alzheimer's Association. I immediately thought of my uncle and how I could race for him. The Alzheimer's Association required that I submit an application to them telling them why I should be selected to race on their team, my experience in fundraising and my race resume. If selected I would be given an entry in to the race, coaching and clothing. I really didn't think I had a chance of being selected. Three weeks later I received an e-mail. I was sitting in Starbucks with my wife Liz..."Oh no...Ohh my gosh" What's wrong? she asked. I read the e-mail to her. "Congratulations, you've been selected to participate in the Ironman U.S. Championship with Athletes to End Alzheimer's team"

My requirement for being on the team is to raise $5,000.00 in support of the Alzheimer's Association. I know raising $5,000.00 seems like a daunting task but I'm trusting in God and feel led by Him to begin this new journey.
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Sunday, October 30, 2011

UNDER CONTRUCTION! - A new look and a new journey.

It's been some time since I've posted on my blog. It's now under reconstruction as I start a new journey that takes me to New York City for the first time while raising money to fight the battle against a horrible disease called Alzheimer's. 

I didn't do a single triathlon in 2011. Not due to any health issues or the experience I had finishing my first Ironman, but because I was focused on another endurance event I participated in called Race Across America or RAAM.

Check back for updates on my next journey as I prepare for the Ironman U.S. Championship in New York with the goal of raising $5,000 for the Alzheimer's Association.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011


prov·i·dence - "The doctrine of divine providence, therefore had reference to that preservation, care and government which God exercises over all things He has created, in order that they may accomplish the ends for which they were created." ISBE

Alejandro, Aracelis, Hernan
 I can't help but look back to the night of October 11th 2008 in Kona Hawaii where the dream of doing an Ironman began and how it would all culminate in the building of a house for a wonderful family in Mexico this past weekend. When I started my  Ironman journey it was important to me that it wasn't just self serving or that this whole idea of becoming an "Ironman" didn't take precedence over family, ministry, or friends. I will never forget the words of my counselor/teacher Ron Davis, "Greg, what makes you think God can't use this Ironman for his glory?" As it turns out God did use it in the most amazing way. Thanks to the generous donations of my supporters I raised nearly $4,000.00 through the Janus Ironman Charity Challenge to build a home for a family that was so deserving. This family, Alejandro, Aracelis and their son Hernan operate an orphanage for over 30 children in Tijuana including 18 infants and toddlers three of which have special needs. This family lived at the orphanage which meant they had no time for themselves. They were so grateful to have a place of refuge where they can now re-energize themselves for the daily struggles of running an orphanage in Baja Mexico. This also frees up space so the orphanage can take in more children. It was such a privilege to build a home for this family who makes sacrifices daily to meet the basic needs of little ones who are were not seeing those needs being met. Some of these children have been abandoned by their mother or father, some are children born to a drug addicted mother, others have seen their father leave and the mother forced to finding work can no longer care for her child or children. It's all a bit overwhelming to hear from Aracelis about the struggles and anger that these children are trying to cope with and escape.
Raising the wall
The house build itself was nothing short of miraculous.Unlike previous years of rain, this year we had perfect build weather with sunny skies and temps. in the low 70's. We also had a very strong team with plenty of building experience. It didn't hurt having kids from the orphanage help with the painting! With God's grace we finished building the home by noon on Sunday. Amazing! I have to say that without a doubt this was the nicest house we have ever built.

If you want to build like an Ironman you've got to eat like one!
Hernan and Aracelis
Hernan and his amigos
Truss this!
To my generous sponsors, I want you to know that Alejandro and Aracelis are so deserving of your gift and they so appreciate what you have sacrificed for them. They are so loving, so caring and willing to give of themselves every day for the well being of the orphans. Through your support of this family you have helped indirectly to make the lives of each and every orphan that they care for just a little better.

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Thank you for supporting my Ironman Homes of Hope quest and impacting the lives of so many in such a wonderful way. This wonderful journey and God's providence in all things has touched me so deeply and forever changed me...I hope you feel the same. To use the words of Aracelis and Alejandro, "Que Dios bendiga sus vida grandemente" "May God bless your life greatly"
The Team
New bedroom
Kids helping paint
Dining room table

I want to share some unedited video with all of you. These are two very powerful clips that you must watch. One is the dedication of the house with Aracelis and Alejandro thanking us. The other is an interview with Aracelis asking her about the orphanage. The last video was taken at the orphanage with the infants. Please watch and enjoy the videos below.