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Issue 96, March 2007

Carly's Ironman Challenge

Saturday, 3 March 2007

Fundraising logo The New Zealand Ironman triathlon is run in March every year at Taupo. This year it is on Saturday the third and Carly Fryer will be there! Since completing her first triathlon and raising funds for the local HD support group, she has dedicated the last year to training for Ironman. The whole family has been focused on Ironman for a very long time!

Again, the purpose of her effort is to raise awareness of HD and to raise funds for families living with HD - this time throughout New Zealand. The organization that will benefit is a new trust that will eventually provide grants to people living with HD in New Zealand.

The Ironman event is comprised of three legs: a 3.8 kilometre swim in Lake Taupo, a cycle leg of 180 kilometres (two laps out to Reporoa and back), followed by a marathon - a run of 42.2 kilometres. The total distance is 226 kilometres and entrants have 17 hours in which to complete it, with cut-off times for each leg.

Carly's training has been going well with very little injury or sickness with which to contend. She did end up with a case of heatstroke on Sunday 28th January when she did her first 180 kilometre training ride - turned out that the supplements she was taking did not include electrolytes, which need to be replaced on long rides or runs. Even three and a half weeks out from Ironman (as I write) she is still learning.

Carly will have a large group of supporters to encourage her on the day, from the Hawke's Bay Multisport Club (who have been crucial to her training), local HD support group members, friends and of course, family. We are planning a display of information about HD and collection tins with which to harass the public.

Anyone associated with HD who is in Taupo on Ironman day will be most welcome to join us. Look for a group of light green polo shirts! These are being sponsored by a supporter to be worn by Carly's supporters and will have our motto on the front along with the HD logo.

It will be a long day, starting at 7.00am with the swim and ending at midnight when the last runners come over the finish line. Traditionally there is always a large crowd present at midnight to encourage the slower athletes and help them make it before the cut off.

We will all be there at whatever time Carly finishes, although I expect it will be well before midnight.

Jan Pickering
Havelock North


(The Trust is still receiving donations generated by Carly's Challenge. If you would like to help, please email me at the above address or phone 06 875 8252 evenings, or write to 34 Elliott Cres, Havelock North 4130.)

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