Travel Expenses for the Kona Ironman!

$2,675 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 37 people in 46 months
Sarah Kelly ("SK" to us) has always been an outstanding athlete, emerging as a top high school field hockey player in New Hampshire and earning All-American honors at Springfield College. Following college, she kept up her competitive spirit, running a Boston Marathon and delving into the world of triathlon. She has been competing each year since 2002 getting better and better each season, her best finishing 1st in her age group at the 70.3 in Syracuse with a time of 4:51:19. Sarah has been dedicating the last few years to training for the Ironman 70.3 and qualifying for a spot in the World Championships at Mont-Tremblat in Quebec, Canada. On May 4th, Sarah made her dream come true at the St. Croix Ironman 70.3 by qualifying not only for Mont-Treblant but also getting a spot in the Ironman 140.6 in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii!

It is going to take a serious amount of training to compete in these events, but SK is up to the task. The bigger challenge will be funding her dream. Sarah unexpectedly lost her coaching job last January and was able to work under contract until June as a Strength Coach and Athletic Trainer. While Sarah has a great new opportunity as The Director of Team Programing at Continuum Performance Center in East Longmeadow, this is just a part-time job. The harsh reality of being a competitive athlete is that it's expensive to enter races, not to mention traveling and staying over before competitions! Entry fees for Worlds and Kona are close to $1,500 and with flights and hotel costs reaching over $4,000 plus food and shipping her bike out to Kona she is looking closer to $ 10,000 to compete in both of these events. Sarah might not get another chance to fulfill this amazing dream. Without sponsorship (not yet at least ;0)), we are looking to help her get there. With her involvement with CPC she will be able to train and dedicate her workouts for this opportunity over the next 6 months but we are asking for help with her travel expenses for Quebec and Kona !!!

Sarah has truly embodied our Springfield College motto, Spirit Mind & Body, by incorporating it into her lifestyle and inspiring others to pursue their own success whether excelling in the weight room, on a tough ruck course, or on the game field! Help us to help Sarah!!
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Hey Everyone!!! Just wanted to give you a little update on Miss Sarah Kelly's amazing journey so far!! Some stats for you... Swim 2.4 miles: 1:14:12, 1:55 per 100m; Bike 112 miles: 6:08:29 18.26mph; Run 26.2 miles; total time 11:23:07. Sarah finished literally in the middle of the entire race 1093rd out of 2187 racers, 28th out of 81 racing in her age group, and 169th of the 621 women racing last Saturday! WOW is all I can say. I can't believe she got in the water at 7am and crossed the finish line around 6:30pm. What dedication! I am so proud of her!

Thank you all again for all who have donated and those who have encouraged others to donate!! We have this open again until Halloween so please if you still haven't donated please do so! Also if you want to see Sarah K in action check out the race photos here!! http://www.finisherpix.com/photos/my-photos/single-view/bib/1707/action/singleView/controller/Shop/event/gopro-ironman-world-championship-2014.html#47707432
the start!!
Sarah before the start of the race!
Well deserved after 11 hours of racing!
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Hey Everyone! I am happy to report Sarah K is safe and sound in Kona! She is having a great time so far and we couldn't be more happy for her! While she is racing in only 2 days, holy crap!!, she will still have a ton of bills to come back to when she gets back from this amazing journey! If you still want to donate but didn't get a chance to please know that I will keep this open until the end of the month! She has trained her butt off and looks amazing and ready to go for Saturday's race! If you want to track Sarah K's progress please click on the link below! Sarah is bib #1707! Thank you again to everyone who has donated and know that we are so thankful for any and all donations to help Sarah K reach her dreams in Kona! Remember Race starts at 7am Kona time....1pm eastern standard time! Go Sarah K! YOU ROCK!!!

much love,
Liz and Andrea
http://www.ironman.com/triathlon/coverage/athlete-tracker.aspx?race=worldchampionship&y=2014#axzz3FgHyWsXT
YES!! Sarah's on the athlete wall!
SK and my friend Anthony!! Good Luck!
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Who has World Cup Fever?! Imagine training 4 years for an amazing experience to compete? Nope me either ... And one of my best friends has been doing just that!?!? Competing hard for the last 4 years (and then some ) for this incredible chance to compete with the best triathletes in the world at the Ironman in Kona!!! Sarah is almost halfway to her goal---who can help her get there?! Spread the USA love to others!! Thanks who have given and much love and strength to you all! -- Liz
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"4 months to the Ironman World Championships. 4 months of countless miles swimming, biking and running. 4 months until I get to cross the finish line (assume everything goes as planned) and can finally call myself and Ironman. 4 happens to be my favorite number ;)" - Sarah Kelly

Couldn't have said it better myself. C'mon everyone! Let's get this girl to her dream and watch her crush this!!! Donate if you can!! Much love and strength to you all! - Liz and Andrea.
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$2,675 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 37 people in 46 months
Created May 9, 2014
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$25
Anonymous
40 months ago
LG
$50
Liz Gartman
40 months ago

Sarah, you are the best. Congratulations, you did it and I am very happy for you!!!!!

SB
$25
Shannon brzezinski
42 months ago

Good luck.

MP
$75
Meridith Picarelli-Khattar
44 months ago

So proud of you SK...that is my dream to qualify for Kona one day...you are living the dream. Congratulations and cheers to an amazing race.

KO
$25
Kim O'Leary
45 months ago

Sarah Kelly YOU ROCK!!!! Best of luck!!!

DM
$75
Danielle Meunier
45 months ago

Good luck my friend!!! No doubt you will kick some a**!!!!!!

BL
$50
Bill Lodi
45 months ago

Good luck Sarah! It's an honor to call you my friend!

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