The Course: Ironman Melbourne
I’m excited to announce that I’m in for my second Ironman, in Melbourne next March! The last several months have begun the full year of training, and in October I’ll be racing in the Ironman 70.3 (a “half-Ironman”) in Port Macquarie, Australia. Then next March I’ll take on my second Ironman. For those of you new to an Ironman, it’s a simple race:
- Swim: 2.4-miles / 3.86 km
- Bike: 112-mile / 180.25 km
- Run 26.2-mile / 42.2 km (a marathon)
The Cause: Room to Read and Cambodia
While I love training and competing, I always want to find a way to give back. I wouldn’t be alive, much less swimming, biking, and running if it wasn’t for the generosity of my cousin Diane, who gave me a kidney in 2004.
When John Wood, the founder of Room to Read, came to speak at Atlassian, I immediately knew it was the right cause for Ironman Melbourne. I’ve always been a supporter of education, and causes like Breakthrough in Austin, Texas. I have been looking for something integrated with my life in Australia, and my company, Atlassian, has donated over 2 million dollars to Room to Read, $10 at a time.
Our focus country is Cambodia, where even basic education is often completely lacking, and both libraries and books are not found in many villages.
The Goal: $25,000
It’s my biggest fundraising attempt ever, more than twice what I’ve raised in the past. But I’m more excited about this opportunity to give back, and make a difference in the lives of kids who don’t have basic access to any education.
The Next 7 Months: More to Come!
This time, BJR is going all in. Contests. Prizes. Events. And a trip to visit Cambodian villages firsthand. Stay tuned for all the details.
Donate here now!