Thursday, August 27, 2015

KPF's Knight in Shining Ironman

The Kyle Pease Foundation is beyond excited to share the news that their first-ever KPF athlete Justin "J-Dude" Knight will be competing in his first full Ironman in Panama Beach, Florida on November 7th, 2015.

Justin has competed in numerous races with the foundation since he joined, including two half marathons, with this being his biggest challenge to date. Justin will be competing with three athletes from the Atlanta Track Club in order to conquer the 140.6 mile event.
 
"I'm am excited for my first time", explained Knight who visited the Panama City site during last year's event completed by foundation founders, Kyle and Brent Pease. "It will be miles of fun for my first Ironman event."
 
Racing alongside Knight, who was born with cerebral palsy, will be John Rutledge for the 2.4 mile swim, Paul Linck on the 112 mile bike ride and Tim Myers on the 26.2 mile marathon run.

Said KPF founder, Kyle Pease, "We are so excited to have the foundation represented by an athlete like Justin Knight. He typifies what the foundation is all about. When I started the foundation this is what I imagined it would become, a way to give other disabled athletes the opportunity to experience the thrill of athletic competition among able bodied competitors. There is no bigger thrill than competing in the Ironman.  
 
Added foundation chairman, Brent Pease, "Kyle and I competed in Florida last year and completed our second Ironman despite fierce winds and dangerous ocean currents that forced the cancellation of the swim. It was among our most difficult races ever. It will be a memorable event seeing Justin complete the course under hopefully more favorable conditions." 

To help support Justin please visit his Crowdrise page.

The Kyle Pease Foundation creates awareness and raises funds to promote success for persons with disabilities by providing assistance to meet their individual needs through sports. KPF provides programming that includes scholarship opportunities, purchasing of medical and adaptive sports equipment in addition to participating in educational campaigns that create awareness about Cerebral Palsy and other disabilities.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Awesome to hear Justin! I met you last year at Panama City and I wish you the best of luck in November!

Pauly P

Teresa Knight said...

Happy tears from the proudest Mom EVER! So thankful for Kyle and Brent Pease and the Kyle Pease Foundation! You all have added so much to our lives and we are forever thankful and proud to share the message of KPF!

So very proud of my J-Dude!

#1 Fan: MOM

Anonymous said...

J-DUDE: So proud of you and your family! What an accomplishment after soo many races w/KPF.
We have seen you in so many races before, including this year's P'Tree Road Race.
Now you will be an IronMan!!
Go Justin!

xxoo
Sherpa Dick