Ironman Arizona Charity Challenge

On November 22, 2009, I will be racing at Ironman Arizona in Tempe. Every day that I’m out training, I know I’m making a difference in my own chances for winning the race. I am fortunate enough to be able to “make my own luck.” But, for many kids in Africa, that is note the case so I’m hoping that I can change their luck. What will this take? $15,000 and you can be a part of it through this special Rappstar Raffle.

$15,000 will change an entire community’s luck in rural Zambia by bringing bikes to 100 secondary school children who face extremely long commutes – some of them walking close to 4 hours just to reach school – and also provide the supplies and training of 2 new field mechanics to care for those bikes. Just think, in the same time you complete your marathon portion of the Ironman, these kids are just getting to school. But, unlike you and I, who have a place to rest our feet after the hard day, they’ll have to do it all over again at the end of the day. So, why not take the step and provide a bike by joining World Bicycle Relief and my raffle and help give back through the power of bicycles.

Many of my sponsors have been very generous in providing prizes for a raffle that we will be doing starting the day after the Ironman. The raffle will be done electronically, so you don’t have to be there. We will do the raffle on a roll-down system. So the first winner will get first pick of prizes, second place gets second choice, etc. You can donate ANY amount, but ONLY donations of $134 (the cost of one bicycle) will get you a raffle “ticket.” For every multiple of $134 that you donate, you get another entry into the raffle. $268 buys you two tickets, $402 buys you three, $536 buys you four, etc.

If you want to know more, you can read the rest on at Rappstar’s Ironman Arizona Charity Challenge.

If you just want to give money, you can do that at

2 thoughts on “Ironman Arizona Charity Challenge

  1. Hi – We caught your press release on SlowTwitch about the raffle. We've just launched an online store selling triathlon inspired t-shirts and would love to donate a bundle for your draw or perhaps the next if it is now too close to the event. You can have a look at or email me personally – Thanks and awesome effort


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