Triathlon Worlds in Rotterdam

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Raised by 27 people in 16 months
At the 2016 USA Triathlon National Sprint Triathlon Championship in Omaha, Nebraska I qualifed for the 2017 International Triathlon Union's Age Group Triathlon World Championships to be held in Rotterdam, Netherlands.  ITU Rotterdam takes place on  17 September, and after 35 years in the sport of triathlon (& at age 54) I qualified for my first Team USA (I did my first triathlon in Sept. of 1982).

The sprint triathlon is comprised of a 750 meter swim, 20 kilometer bike and a 5 kilometer run. 

Each member of Team USA has to pay for their entire trip. The cost of the trip and race are as follows:
* $350 entry fee due end of February.
* $1,400 for the Team USA land package (5 nights in team hotel, ground transportation to & from Amsterdam international airport, breakfasts, etc.).
* $1,400+ for airfare from Billings, MT to Amsterdam.
* $300+ for travel/health insurance for trip.
* $725 for bike transportation to race.
* $500+ for uniform and parade attire (ITU rules on team uniforms are strict & USA Triathlon has yet to formally announce this year's uniform pacakge cost).
* $150 for night lodging in Amsterdam before return flight.

Now the fair and logical question would be if I want to go I should pay for it myself.  At any other time I my life I would, but since returning home in 2014 I've been a caregiver for my mom first, until her passing last April and then my dad. A part-time job (or jobs) have all I can do so that I'm available now for my dad.

I'm placing a 1 September deadline on myself for this endeavor. I have paid the race entry fee, bought the parade kit & team racing uniform. Any help will be greatly appreciated.
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“It's a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don't keep your feet, there's no knowing where you might be swept off to.”
Bilbo Baggins
Lord of the Rings

In 1982 I made a decision that would alter my life, in a variety of ways, forever. After a year at Montana State University, one filled with some academic challenges and more than the “freshman 15,” I decided to transfer to Northwest Community College in Powell, Wyoming. The junior college’s photography program was the primary reason, but I wanted to be a student who mattered and not just a Social Security number as was my experience in Bozeman.

That summer before school started I started running, often to and from Rocky and Eastern where I was a swimming instructor and lifeguard. The 15+ pounds started to melt away in the summer heat. Lifeguarding required me to swim a mile a week to stay in shape, and I upgraded my bicycle to a 12 speed speedster (or so I believed). The foundation was being laid.

My work study job was a few hours a week of lifeguarding and working in the intramural and recreation department as a referee. My boss, Dennis Albrecht, was from Northern California, and he introduced me to this thing called triathlon. Oh, I’d seen Ironman on ABC and had read about it in Sports Illustrated, but this was a sport for crazy people. Who does three sports, one right after other? The Colter Relay was a 500 yard swim, followed by a 15 mile or so bike and a 3 mile run. It was designed to be a relay, but for some reason I thought it could be done as a “soloist” (the term triathlete was not part of the lexicon at the time).

On that fateful September afternoon, several relay teams and I jumped into the high school pool to begin our adventure. This was truly old school. I put running shorts over my Speedo for the bike, raced in a polo shirt (it was a fad thing), and rode without a helmet. Once on the run I was shattered. Friends told I was hallucinating and talking gibberish. At the finish line near campus I face planted into a lawn. My roommate dragged me back to our dorm room.

It’s now September 2017. I’ve raced in 22 states and five (soon to be six foreign countries). That’s nearly 250 triathlons, including Ironman Switzerland and Ironman Hawai’i. My first real job out of college was working for, then, Triathlon Federation/USA. In 1999, I convinced the Big Sky State Games to add triathlon to their competition program and was the commissioner until 2006. My PhD dissertation at Florida State was on how the sport of triathlon was placed on the Olympic program in record time. My eight years in New Zealand had me experience the sport in a different country as well as get to be a world championship age group team manager for Triathlon NZ in Beijing as well as Auckland.

Now it’s my turn to compete in the ITU World Championships. I’m leaving on 12 September for the ITU World Championships in Rotterdam, Netherlands on Sunday, the 17th. I’ll be competing in the age group draft legal sprint triathlon (750m swim, 20K bike, 5K run). Wearing the Team USA uniform..well, dreams can and do come true.

Thank you for your support.

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I got profiled in the Powell Tribune's Thursday (17 August) edition in conjunction with the Sugar Beet Classic triathlon to be held on Saturday. Powell is where all this madness started 35 years ago.
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Remember playing with the Etch-a-Sketch as a kid?
That's what the bike and run courses are like.
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Raised by 27 people in 16 months
Created February 11, 2017
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Ben Ryan
9 months ago

Have a good trip next week! Keep doing good things!

9 months ago
Parker Friday
9 months ago

Thanks for all you do for the team. Good luck!!

Glenn DeHekker
10 months ago

Good luck, Sean. You'll rock the European tri world!

Rev Tri Coaching
11 months ago

Good luck and have fun!

12 months ago
Megan, Emily and RJ Beers
14 months ago

We believe in you! Good luck and God bless

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