Articles about VAD
PREP NOTEBOOK: Local athletes pool their resources for community
January 01, 2014 11:38 pm • By Robb Luehr
Horlick High School senior Victor Huarota, Park senior Alonzo Sandoval and Case senior David Barreto may be from different high schools, but they are working together for a common cause.
The three boys are training for the 2014 Ironman 70.3 Racine Triathlon and at the same time trying to help to raise awareness, and money, for Focus on Community.
“It’s an amazing thing,” Sandoval said.
It started out innocently enough, when the three volunteered on the bike course July 21 during last year’s Ironman Racine. Sandoval and Barreto approached Jason Meekma, an accomplished triathlete and competitor in the race, and said they wanted to do the race.
“They wanted me to train them,” said Meekma, a co-founder of the sTRIve Triathlon Club of Racine and an employee of
Focus on Community. “Naturally, I thought they were just caught up in the moment, so I agreed and offered to talk about it later, thinking their passion would fade.”
It didn’t. A month later, Huarota joined the other two and they talked about it again, but Meekma asked them to wait because of the upcoming school year.
Meekma finally realized they were serious when they came to him Sept. 20, and that’s when their training began for this year’s event, which will be July 20.
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Three Boys, 70.3 Miles
December 27th, 2013 - By Mrs. Christine Roberson
Meet Victor, Alonzo, and David, collectively known as V.A.D. All seniors in high school, these three young men have taken on the challenge of training for and then competing in a 70.3 Ironman. They are doing this with no similar experience and no previous training to give them a boost in their preparations. The challenge they’ve taken on is insane – and they’re doing it for a good cause.
For those who don’t know (which included me until about a year ago), a 70.3 Ironman, also know as a Half Ironman, is a triathlon. The boys will have to swim 1.2 miles, bike 56 miles, and run 13.1 miles. Their trainer is a veteran triathlete who qualified for the 70.3 Ironman world championships in Las Vegas this past year, so the boys are in good hands in the months leading up to the race. That being said, they certainly have their work cut out for them!
V.A.D. are living examples of avoiding complacency and doing hard things. As Alonzo says in their introductory video: “I just want to make a difference and show people that they could do something with a lot of effort and practice.” David echos his sentiments by saying “The reason I wanted to do the Ironman is because I wanted to challenge myself and to do something that I believe was insane and to prove to myself that I could do anything if I put my mind to it.” And Victor? He talks about wanting to make it the world championships! All of this with no prior training but with tons of hard work and effort.
It doesn’t end there, though. They’ve taken their personal challenge and are using it as a platform to draw attention to an important issue. Victor, Alonzo, and David belong to an organization called Focus on Community, which educates young people about substance abuse prevention. Through their training, the boys are raising both funds and awareness for the work that Focus does. As Alonzo says in the video, “I grew up with Focus on Community. In a way, you know, it’s attached to me, and its a good opportunity to show people what we’re about, and how we limit the drug and alcohol abuse in our community, and make our community clean and alcohol and substance free.” I love that they’ve taken a personal goal and tied to a cause bigger than themselves.
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