Bob O’Leary, who is the CEO of Philadelphia Insurance, was part of a relay team at Tri Rock Philly with CAF athletes Denise Castelli and One Arm Willie Stewart, and on August 11th he will be running the Falmouth Road Race for the 27th time in a row. We sat down in the amazing Philadelphia Insurance fitness center to chat about the company’s commitment to fitness, CAF, and triathlon.
Lower leg amputee Jeff Schmidt missed the 17-hour cut-off time last year in Kona and vows that this year he’ll not only finish, but also help to raise $50,000 for the Challenged Athletes Foundation with GU. What he went through to get to this point in time is unbelievable.
On April 18th in San Diego, Jim MacLaren, who passed away in 2010, will become the first challenged athlete inducted into the USA Triathlon Hall of Fame. John MacLaren came on to chat about his brother and how Jimmy’s legacy will live on forever through The Challenged Athletes Foundation.
Meredith Kessler has completed an amazing 46 Ironman events and won four Ironman titles. Even as a teenager she liked nothing better than to go out for a ten mile run on her own, or swim countless laps in the pool. Her first ever triathlon, believe it or not, was an Ironman. Meredith came on with us a few days after helping out at a Challenged Athletes Foundation event, www.challengedathletes.org, at VeloSF that raised over $55,000 for athletes in need.
Rudy Garcia-Tolson has already won two Paralympic Gold Medals for the 200 IM, one in Athens and one in Beijing. Two weeks ago he qualified to go to London to try and get Gold Medal number three in the pool….and on July 30th he also earned a spot on the Paralympic Track Team. Garcia Tolson became one of the few Paralympians in history to qualify in two sports when he won the 200 on the track in Indianapolis.
Single above knee amputee Sarah Reinertsen – Ironman finisher, author, ESPY Award Winner, CAF spokesperson, Amazing Race Participant and Motivational speaker – came on to chat about her career and her plans to complete the New York Triple this summer and fall: The New York City Triathlon, Ironman New York and the New York City Marathon.