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Launch Danielle's Pro Tri Career

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Dreams are pesky. For some of us, those ideas in our heads about what we envision for our future selves arrive at a young age. As we get older and responsibilities and families grow, those dreams get buried, although still very much alive. This creates a frustrating dissonance in one’s spirit as a result of living the life you “need to live” and the one you NEED to live. This GoFundMe is a an effort to breathe life into the dreams, and concrete goals, I have for racing on the Professional World Triathlon scene in 2018.

At a young age, I was given a dream to be a professional athlete and use this platform to help others. The journey towards professional triathlon includes racing Cross Country and Track for Baylor University while setting multiple school records, earning All-American honors, and qualifying for the Olympic Trials in steeplechase. After collegiate running, I began cycling and within three years found myself racing in women’s professional races across the country. In 2017, I combined my experience and earned three national titles in the USAT Long Course, Standard, and Short Course Duathlon. Additionally, I placed third and fifth overall at the USAT Age-Group Olympic and Sprint Distance Nationals, respectively, thus earning my pro racing license.

January 1, 2018, marks day 1 of my rookie pro season. I’ve set some lofty goals for the season, including to qualify for the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championships. To do this, I put together the best possible racing schedule to earn enough points to qualify. Because this is my first pro season, I do not yet have sponsors needed to fund racing at this level. This fundraising effort will kickstart the journey while I work to identify sustainable funds and sponsorships.

The projected budget for the season is as follows:

Flights: $6,600
Food: $1,200
Coaching Costs: $3,420
Pro License: $950
7% Go Fund Me Cost: up to $916 depending on funds raised

Thank you for your consideration in joining the journey. While asking for money is not something I enjoy, many friends and family have asked how they can give. While support through GoFundMe is one way, other ways include hotel reward points, airline miles, and/or corporate sponsorships. Please contact me directly if you would like to discuss any of these options.

Above all, your love, encouragement and friendship makes the journey much sweeter and provides great motivation to train hard and race fast.

I will train, race, and give my best to honor your support!

Below is a video that describes a bit of the journey I've had the past few years. Shout out to Pastor Mike for sharing with Bloom Church!


Check out  www.danielledingman.com!










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It's that time! After a month of focused fundraising efforts, it's time to spend my energy on training for the 2018 season. While the GoFundMe has not reached it's goal, we have received support privately that has gotten us closer to it. Thank you for all your support and words of encouragement!

For more about my perspective on the past 29 days, check out my blog post at https://www.danielledingman.com/blog .
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Big news! Big thanks to an anonymous donor, the bike has a name! Check it out at https://www.danielledingman.com/blog .
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Thank you all for your support! This GoFundMe has not only been helpful in fundraising, it has helped connect me with people who have experience racing on the professional circuit. I’ve received great insight on how to save on areas of the budget. With this information, I’ve altered the budget and it is reflected in the budget outline. Please let me know if you have questions, concerns or additional suggestions. Thank you!
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