In September 2013 Will Thompson (78-83) took part in Ironman Wisconsin as part of the TJA Tri Team. Whilst the team members all competed in the full event individually, they also competed as a team and won one of the five divisions. In the process, the team raised over $30K for children with cancer.
Will commented “It was a fantastic day – a 2.4 mile swim, a 112 mile bike ride followed by a 26.2 mile marathon run. We all finished strong and didn’t find out about the win until the next day.” This was the first time any of the team had competed in a full ironman event so to come away with a team win was fantastic. “We were ecstatic and very proud,” said Will. “An ironman event is the toughest challenge any of us had ever faced. Because of that we decided to compete for a cause and selected Camp Sunrise on Long Island.”
The team chose the camp because of its mission – providing kids with cancer and their siblings with a fun summer camp experience where they can just be kids away from the stress of their treatments.
In August the TJA Tri Team spent a day at Camp Sunrise and organised an ‘Iron-kids’ event where campers got to experience first-hand the feel of a triathlon competition. The team is planning another Ironman challenge in 2015, possibly in Florida.
Will also paid a flying visit to the UK in October when he ran in the inaugural Yorkshire marathon in York achieving a time of 3 hours 59 minutes to complete the course.
Will is in the red shirt on the right of the picture which was taken shortly after the Ironman race infront of the Wisconsin Capital building in Madison.