On September 24th, I will be racing a Half Ironman Triathlon(70.3 miles) in Oklahoma City , OK . This will be my first Half Ironman and I will be testing my limits of what I ever thought possible. A Half Ironman consists of a 1.2 mile swim, 56 mile Bike, and 13.1 mile run. My goal is to finish in less than 8 hours.

For this race I am raising money to benefit a Children’s orphanage in Lima, Peru . I have a goal to raise $2,100 for this Orphanage. The Orphanage will use the amount raised to provide food, water, shoes, clothing, a good education, and a safe living environment.

Please consider making a contribution today. 100% of the funds that are raised are going to the Manchay Care Center in Lima, Peru. 0% of the funds are going to pay for my training, travel (hotel, meals, Etc.), and Race Entry Fees. I don’t know very many organizations or fundraisers that can make this claim. I have also worked with the Kids Alive coordinator to make sure that each donation is identified and given Directly to this specific Care Center.

I am racing for this Orphanage because in 2003 I visited this Orphanage on a College Mission Trip. I have personally seen this Orphanage with the needs that they have and the amazing things they are doing down there. I am trying to do my part by sponsoring a child named Victor (Photo of me and Victor below) that lives in this Orphanage.

This is a huge task that I am shooting for but I can’t imagine being in the situation that I am to help and sitting by and not doing what I could to help. Any and all help that is received will provide a better life for the Children in Lima. This race will take a lot of physical and mental toughness, but at the end of the day I will still have a fresh change of cloths and a good meal to eat, which for them is never a guarantee without this Orphanage.

I have a Website that you can contribute and follow me on my way to the goal. I will be making periodic posts to the blog about how my training is going, or other things that I am thinking about. The website is www.raceforothers.com/austinr.



P.S. If you are not in a place where you can support me financially there are many other ways you can help.

– Pray for the generosity of those that can contribute.

– Pray for my focus in training and preparation.

– Staying injury Free.