Amy's Road to Tokyo 2020

$8,840 of $14,000 goal

Raised by 71 people in 9 months
My name is Amy Dixon and I’m a member of the US paratriathlon national team training and racing towards the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics.

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I am a visually impaired competitor and race internationally with a woman who serves as my guide and my eyes while I swim bike and run in tandem with her.   I lost my sight to a rare autoimmune condition, combined with Uveitis and Glaucoma.  I have undergone chemotherapy and 29 surgeries to save my small piece of remaining sight, essentially tunnel vision.  I continue these treatments every three months, enabling me to balance surgery while racing hard.  Triathlon has given me a new path forward and I'm grateful that I get to represent my country as a professional athlete despite overwhelming odds.  And,  I need your help.  Racing at the elite level is very expensive, and I currently have no financial sponsors.  

I am currently ranked number six in the world and number two in the United States. This level of dedication and sacrifice and training involves hundreds and hundreds of hours and tens of thousands of dollars to get to the starting line.   An average season racing overseas costs nearly $50,000 per year. While most race expenses are covered through USA Triathlon until March 2019, training and travel above $200/ month for me and my guide isn't.  And we live 1700 miles apart, making that a tremendous logistic and financial burden.  In addition, I pay it forward by running a camp for blind triathletes to learn the skills to become elite athletes themselves.  You can learn more about my camp at nosightnolimits.com.

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Every single dollar helps us. It can help with chiropractic care, nutrition, bike repairs, car rentals, hotels and more.  

Be a part of my team.  I cannot do this without the help of hundreds of friends, family, companies and supporters like you.  Thank you for your support and I look forward to representing the United States on the biggest stage of the world. 


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THANK YOU to everyone who helped Kirsten and I get to the starting line for this critical race on the Road to Tokyo. The CAMTRI Continental Cup was a SMASHING success for us on several fronts. Most importantly it qualified us for Team USA for 2019, ensuring that our next four races are covered financially by the team. HUGE for us- nearly $25K in expenses wiped out.

The race played out perfectly. I had the second fastest swim by only 7 seconds, (my best ever thanks to coach Michellie Jones), and we had the fastest bike by nearly 20 seconds and the second fastest run of the day, resulting in a bronze medal. That math seems odd, but the reason for third instead of 2nd is that the B1, or totally blind athletes, get a 3 minute and 48 second 'head start' or factor on us partially sighted athletes and we have to 'catch' them. SO CLOSE. Within 40 seconds. That Florida heat and pollen took its toll on my asthma and found myself in an ice bath for a good 20 minutes post race after being dragged off the course. I'm proud to say that I left it all out there. Guide Kirsten was flawless as usual and I was so grateful for her endless encouragement on the run when I so desperately wanted to stop. BRONZE!!!!


We managed to cover $3500 of the $8600 in expenses leading up to this race with your generous support. Can you help us reach this goal? Please share, give congratulations, show your bosses, coworkers, businesses, Lions' Clubs, etc. Every dollar is a huge help. Going forward I still exceed $3k/ month in training expenses and am still looking for the right sponsors to partner on the Road to Tokyo. Could it be you? Do you have an organization or company you wish me to speak at? Message me.

Love and Gratitude to every single one of you who has sent messages of congratulations. 400 of you and counting! Please continue to give if you can. I cannot do this without your support! !!!

Amy, Kirsten and of Course Fidelco Woodstock
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HI Everyone! Training has been AMAZING these past two months with Olympic medalist and Triathlon Hall of Fame Coach Michellie Jones pushing and guiding me every step of the way. It has been the most consistent my training has been in years and I'm so grateful to be healthy and ready to race in 8 days in Sarasota for my 2019 Team USA slot. Fingers and toes crossed that luck favors me on the day, and that we execute the plan that coach has laid for me.
Financially it's been a hard month with lots of new equipment needs that haven't been anticipated. New Cranks for the tandem and training bikes, Power meters, saddles, stems, handlebars, lots of Physio appointments to keep me healthy and the misfortune of the race taking place in FL during spring break (cue overpriced hotel, air and rental car). BUT, I am grateful for the great support in the form of a new training bike I received from the oldest bike builder in the world, Bianchi. So gorgeous and super smooth for training. And Wahoo has gone above and beyond to help me train indoors on this gorgeous bike,

The season is going to be exciting- Japan, montreal, Magog, Tokyo, Lausanne, Portugal are all on the schedule. Here's to a successful season and to get my slot for Tokyo 2020 at one of the qualifying races! Thank you for your love and support! It makes the dream a reality!
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Hi Everyone!

Thank you all for your generosity this week in helping Kirsten and I afford the week of training in Australia prior to our race at the ITU World Championships on Sept 15. These donations will help us with meals, car rental, Airbnb, gas, and pool entry fees while getting acclimated to the time zone and finalizing preparation for my race. This is our first opportunity to have a dedicated practice week together in ANY race in the past two seasons, with no work or family distractions, so I'm REALLY excited to see how we can work on getting faster and more efficient as a Blind athlete and guide team. YOU are making that possible.

I just returned from 4 and half days on the east coast, having eye surgeries number 28&28 for my Uveitis and Glaucoma. I had Ozurdex implants put in each eye to slow down the progression of my disease and to combat the inflammation that is stealing my sight each month. Surgery was a success, and I'm awaiting removal of the stitches before flying to Australia this Saturday. For now, it's rest, recover, and train and pack my bike and bags for Australia. I'm ITCHING to race! It's going to be a fast one on that course!!!
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THANK YOU all for your generous support of my Road to Tokyo. I leave on September 1st for Australia with guide Kirsten Sass to Race at the ITU World Championships being held on the 15th. Half of our trip isn't covered by Team USA, which equates to about $3000 in out of pocket expenses to train with Kirsten for a week of car rental and lodging and food. Every dollar helps us make this possible and helps us have the opportunity to have some quality training sessions together (we live over a thousand miles from one another so don't get to train together except for a few days before a race) and gives us a chance to acclimate to the time zone and climate. We hope to earn a medal winning result here in Gold Coast and make the USA proud. With Love and Gratitude,
Amy and guide Kirsten
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Raised by 71 people in 9 months
Created June 11, 2018
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$20
Anonymous
7 days ago
$100
Anonymous
12 days ago
$100
Peggy Keteltas
12 days ago

Good luck Amy!

KV
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Kara Vatthauer
13 days ago

Love and gratitude back at you??

BM
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Betsi McGrath
15 days ago

Everybody should follow their dreams.

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15 days ago
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Bryon Solberg
16 days ago

Go Most Awesome Amy!!!

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