Monday, April 4, 2011

21-21-21: Andrew's Birthday Triathlon

On March 23, Andrew's 21st birthday, he completed a 21 themed triathlon to raise money for the Special Operations Warrior Foundation. I blogged about it in a previous post, but if you would like to know more, feel free to visit Andrew's page at:

Here are some photos that I took during the day's activities. Andrew started bright and early (at 6am) at the pool in the Sanderson Center. His first leg of the triathlon was a 2.1 mile swim...

I counted all 74 laps!

He did a great job and completed the swim in a little over an hour. Wasting no time, he hopped on the bike accompanied by his good friend, Alex. They knocked out the 21 mile bike ride in no time despite having pretty strong head winds!

Our great friend Alex and Andrew's fellow triathlete -- coming to keep Andrew company on the bike ride!

After the bike was the run...the most dreaded part of the day! 21 miles is a very long way after you have already spent over 2 hours swimming and biking!

Shout out to Travis....this guy had never run more than 6 miles in his life, and he somehow ran ALL 21 miles with Andrew! That's a dedicated friend!

Running out at North Farm during the first quarter of the run

A few miles through campus...

At shortly after 1pm, the triathlon was complete.

Andrew successfully swam, biked, and ran all 44.1 miles!
When he finished, he was so hungry and so we went straight to Sonic....he got a Route 44 slush, a hot dog, and an ice cream cone. A couple of hours later, we went to meet Alex and Lianne at Mugshots where Andrew ate a huge hamburger, fries, and had lots of beer. When you burn a few thousand calories in a triathlon, you get to eat whatever you want! It was a fun day and I really enjoyed driving all over Starkville to catch Andrew at different points to take pictures and cheer him on. I am so very, very proud of Andrew!

As of today, he has raised nearly $1800 for the SOWF. His fundraising page will stay open for the next couple of months, so it is not too late to donate and help him reach his goal of $2100 (keeping with the 21 theme). Check out the link at the top of the post to get donation information.

Congratulations, Andrew --- it was definitely a 21st birthday to remember! 


  1. So very proud of Andrew !! And of you Anna for supporting your man !! I love and miss you !!