IRONMAN Eagleman 70.3 brings inspiring stories to Cambridge

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“Fireman Rob” Verhelst is a career firefighter from Waunakee, Wis. who races wearing 50 pounds of firefighter gear with a mission to inspire others to define and pursue their life passion.

CAMBRIDGE — This year’s IRONMAN 70.3 Eagleman triathlon on June 14 will attract 2,600 athletes from 25 states and 7 countries to Cambridge.
Considered one of the premiere half-distance triathlons in the country, Eagleman is a “must-do” race on many athletes’ wish list. Residents and visitors alike are encouraged to cheer on these inspiring racers and learn more about what drives them to take on a grueling physical challenge like Eagleman 70.3.

Among this year’s field of athletes, Rob Verhelst — known as Fireman Rob — will certainly stand out. Rob is a career firefighter from Waunakee, Wis. who spent eight days doing search and recovery after 9/11. Since 2011, he has completed over 15 full and 7 half IRONMAN races wearing 50 pounds of firefighter gear with a mission to inspire others to define and pursue their life passion.

Rob explains, “I participate in each event to help raise awareness and show people that they are able to do more than they think if they are willing to take the first step.”

Through his Fireman Rob Foundation, Rob raises money for one of his passions — children — sending Gund bears to patients in children’s hospitals all over the world. Rob hopes his example will motivate others to be part of something bigger than themselves and to make a difference through their actions.

And, if you’re cheering this year, you’ll no doubt be inspired by the Pease brothers from Atlanta, Ga. The brothers race as a team, with Brent carrying or pushing his younger brother Kyle, who was born with Cerebral Palsy, the entire way. Theirs is a story of brotherly love, courage and a fighting spirit that proves anything is possible.

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The Pease brothers race as a team, with Brent carrying or pushing his younger brother Kyle, who was born with Cerebral Palsy.

The brothers have completed numerous races together, including a full-distance IRONMAN triathlon, making these “IRONMEN” an inspiration to thousands of athletes — and others who dream of doing something extraordinary — around the world.

They started The Kyle Pease Foundation to help others with disabilities enjoy sports and competition. Programs include scholarship opportunities, purchasing adaptive sports equipment, and participating in educational campaigns around Cerebral Palsy.

To learn more about the adventures of Kyle, Brent and Kyle’s twin brother Evan, check out their blog at kpeasey.blogspot.com, or, better yet, come to the finish line at Great Marsh Park on June 14 and ask them how they do it.

To learn more about IRONMAN 70.3 Eagleman, to sign up to be a volunteer, or to become a member of IRONClub, visit www.ironclubmd.com.

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