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2017 IRONMAN TEXAS | BEHIND THE SCENES

April 27th, 2017 | Athlete, Featured Stories, General

IRONMAN TEXAS | THAT’S A WRAP!

What a boot-scootin-boogie of a time we had down in the Great State of Texas for the first full U.S. IRONMAN event of the season: IRONMAN Texas! One thing you can always count on down in The Woodlands is, that you can’t ever count on the weather! Luckily for our IRONMAN Foundation Athletes, race day on Saturday ended up being an absolutely wonderful day. How could it not be, when at the end of the day, you get to come across an IRONMAN Finish Line with the knowledge that you have left your legacy in the IRONMAN Texas community far beyond race day?

A big shout-out to our TEAM IMF Athletes that raced this past weekend at IRONMAN Texas: Cedrick Dujon, John McGee, Aly Jacobs, & Shaun Able. They raised over $16,000 in support of The IRONMAN Foundation and their IRONMAN race communities, and we are ever so grateful to have their incredible support.

IRONMAN Foundation IRONMAN Texas Service Project With Rebuilding Together Houston

Service Project Group Photo of all of the amazing volunteers that came to help out! THANK YOU!

Service Project Group Photo of all of the amazing volunteers that came to help out! THANK YOU!

Professional Triathlete, Tine Deckers, with Ms. Angela. Tine was gracious enough to come spend some time and help out at the Service Project on Wednesday morning.

Professional Triathlete, Tine Deckers, with Ms. Angela. Tine was gracious enough to come spend some time and help out at the Service Project on Wednesday morning.

*Future IRONMAN & IRONMAN Foundation Athlete getting started at an early age*

*Future IRONMAN & IRONMAN Foundation Athlete getting started at an early age*

We love having our IRONMAN athletes out in the community, making a difference!

We love having our IRONMAN athletes out in the community, making a difference!

Volunteers getting ready to paint.

Volunteers getting ready to paint.

IRONMAN Foundation Community Relations Manager, Sarah Hartmann, spending time with Ms. Angela, the lovely homeowner whose house we restored. Prior to project day, Rebuilding Together Houston replaced Ms. Angela's roof with a Community Grant from the IRONMAN Foundation.

IRONMAN Foundation Community Relations Manager, Sarah Hartmann, spending time with Ms. Angela, the lovely homeowner whose house we restored. Prior to project day, Rebuilding Together Houston replaced Ms. Angela’s roof with a Community Grant from the IRONMAN Foundation.

IRONMAN FOUNDATION GRANT PRESENTATION & “WE’VE GOT YOUR BACK(PACK)” INITIATIVE

Community Grant Recipients after receiving the grant awards at a Thursday Morning Athlete Briefing. Over $100,000 was given back to the IRONMAN Texas Race Community this year!

Community Grant Recipients after receiving the grant awards at a Thursday Morning Athlete Briefing. Over $100,000 was given back to the IRONMAN Texas Race Community this year!

"We've got your back(pack)" intiative at IRONMAN Texas Expo.

“We’ve got your back(pack)” intiative at IRONMAN Texas Expo. 150 backpacks, stuffed by IRONMAN athletes, were donated to Montgomery County Youth Services.

IMF Athletes stuffing backpacks for at-risk youth.

IMF Athletes stuffing backpacks for at-risk youth.

Kids helping other kids in need by stuffing backpacks!

Kids helping other kids in need by stuffing backpacks!

TEAM IMF Shakeout Run & Breakfast Selfie from Thursday Morning! If you didn't take a selfie, did it actually happen?

TEAM IMF Shakeout Run & Breakfast Selfie from Thursday Morning! If you didn’t take a selfie, did it actually happen?

IRONMAN TEXAS RACE DAY

A beautiful morning to swim 2.4 miles!

A beautiful morning to swim 2.4 miles!

IRONMAN Foundation Executive Director, Dave Deschenes, earned a coveted "Volunteer Appreciation" Bracelet for his awesome high-fives at the swim start.

IRONMAN Foundation Executive Director, Dave Deschenes, earned a coveted “Volunteer Appreciation” Bracelet for his awesome high-fives at the swim start.

IMF Athlete, Marcus Cook, is ready to take on his first IRONMAN!

IMF Athlete, Marcus Cook, is ready to take on his first IRONMAN!

Two amazing and inspiring athletes, Leo Bourgeois & Marcus Cook, share a special moment at the swim start.

Two amazing and inspiring athletes, Leo Bourgeois & Marcus Cook, share a special moment at the swim start.

TEAM IMF Athlete, Cedrick Dujon, is ready to CRUSH the swim!

TEAM IMF Athlete, Cedrick Dujon, is ready to CRUSH the swim!

Shaun is SUPER excited to get this bike leg started.

Shaun is SUPER excited to get this bike leg started.

TEAM IMF Athlete, Aly Jacobs, waving to her family in T1.

TEAM IMF Athlete, Aly Jacobs, waving to her family in T1.

SPOTTED: The elusive TEAM IMF Athlete, Dave Rodda. We can always count on seeing Dave at the majority of IRONMAN races around the U.S., and it is always a pleasure to see his smiling face!

SPOTTED: The elusive TEAM IMF Athlete, Dave Rodda. We can always count on seeing Dave at the majority of IRONMAN races around the U.S., and it is always a pleasure to see his smiling face!

Cedrick is now onto to 112 mile bike!

Cedrick is now onto to 112 mile bike!

WOOHOO! Go TEAM IMF Athlete John McGee! John PR'd this IRONMAN Texas swim by about 40 minutes!

WOOHOO! Go TEAM IMF Athlete John McGee! John PR’d this IRONMAN Texas swim by about 40 minutes!

TEAM IMF Athlete, Shaun Able, looking fast on the run course!

TEAM IMF Athlete, Shaun Able, looking fast on the run course!

Ms. Angela had an absolute blast experiencing her first IRONMAN, and cheering on the athletes that came to help rebuild her house earlier in the week.

Ms. Angela had an absolute blast experiencing her first IRONMAN, and cheering on the athletes that came to help rebuild her house earlier in the week.

Mike Reilly "The Voice Of IRONMAN" and Ms. Angela got to meet on race day.

Mike Reilly “The Voice Of IRONMAN” and Ms. Angela got to meet on race day.

Our Service Project Beneficiary, Ms. Angela, at the IRONMAN Texas Finish Line.

Our Service Project Beneficiary, Ms. Angela, at the IRONMAN Texas Finish Line.

And with that, we’re on to the next event! A huge thank you to all of the volunteers that came out to the IRONMAN Foundation Service Project, as well as all of the athletes that helped support their IRONMAN community behind the course. Because of you, over $100,000 in grant funding is fueled into the IRONMAN Texas community, and allows vital charities and non-profit organizations to continue running their programs that change lives on a daily basis.