ACRF supporter, David Blumenthal, has tackled one of his biggest challenges yet – the Challenge Melbourne Half Ironman, on one of the hottest days in Melbourne this year – a scorching 41 degrees!
A far cry from the raining, cool weather of last year’s Paris Marathon, this fundraising challenge took place in summer heat so severe that the race organisers advised that there would be a good chance the race will be called off for those not finished by 12:30pm.
At this point David was faced with a decision: take an easier challenge due to the weather, or brave the scorching conditions and power through the full Half-Ironman Challenge of 1.9km swim, 90km bike ride and 21.1km run!
David did just that – choosing to take on the full challenge. He even smashed his target time, finishing in 5 hours and 37 min – some 23 minutes faster than he had planned!
David told us, “Aside from some pretty painful sunburn – in the shape of a tri-shirt – I am feeling surprisingly good…Given the insane heat (which saw the race called off about half an hour after I finished) and the very hilly run leg, I am really, really pleased with my race.”
David finished the very last 20m of his race hand in hand with his daughter adding an even more special memory to an already fantastic experience.
David came away from this challenged having raised more than $2500 for cancer research in Australia and for this we send a very, very big thank you to him!
David literally pushed himself to his limits in a show of true determination and dedication and we are truly humbled by his support. These efforts bring David’s fundraising total for the ACRF up to $5643!
For more information on David’s race please visit his Everyday Hero page.