Ironman competitors using stage for charityBy Emily Beckett Published 7:45pm Thursday, May 9, 2013
Reiter is a former lieutenant commander in the Navy and said when Price approached him about committing to the race, Reiter agreed to it with the stipulation that their participation would benefit others.
“People just need to understand that it’s all for charity,” Reiter said. “One hundred percent of the money goes toward fundraising efforts. I don’t want to do it just to do it; we’re going to do it to raise money for charity.”
Price said their personal theme during training has been Philippians 4:13, which says, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
Amid the occasional fatigue and discomfort of training 15–20 hours a week, Price said the prayer and devotional time he spends with God is reason enough to start exercising before anyone else is awake.
“It’s a good stress reliever,” Price said. “Spiritually, it’s really relaxing. It’s just a good time with God.”
The men are not alone in their training endeavors: their CrossFit instructors, Fred Yarenko and Wes Wyatt, have served as their coaches.
“For six months, they have pushed us and helped us,” Price said. “They’ve gotten us ready.”
Price and Reiter also expressed gratitude to Thorsby for allowing them to hold the health fair at Richard Wood Park; American Red Cross, the Chilton County Sheriff’s Office and others who showed up for the outdoor fair despite rainy weather; their families, churches and friends for their constant support; and their “boat captain” David Watson for following them during their lake swims to make sure they were safe.
“We’re just so excited to come back from the race and present those charities with their checks,” Price said.
To follow the men’s progress the day of the race, visit Ironman.com and search their names.
Donations may be sent to or dropped off at American Fitness (713 Second Ave. N. in Clanton) through the week after the race.
The history of Ironman dates back to 1978 when John Collins, a Naval officer stationed in Hawaii, and his wife Judy came up with the idea of combining the three endurance races of running, swimming and biking into one race.
The first Ironman challenge commenced on the shores of Waikiki with 15 competitors including Collins.
“If you can conquer this, what’s a flat tire?” Price said. “It prepares you for obstacles in life. It’s something fun to do while we’re still young.”