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One Weekend, 57.3 miles, all to help put an end to Alzheimer's


"Smile every mile."

That was my slogan a couple years ago when I set up an independent fundraiser on behalf of my Grandpa Harold who was taken by Alzheimer's. This slogan couldn't have been any truer as I conquered each of three triathlons in one weekend in Chicago. I've done several triathlons but this one was hands down the most gratifying of them all knowing that I was helping to end Alzheimer's.

Finishing any endurance type of race you get a sense of personal accomplishment. However, when all is said and done this wasn't about me and crossing the finish line three different times or other race participants seeing the "Triple Threat" inked down one of my calves and yelling at me, "Your awesome!, Keep it up!, Looking strong triple threat!".... It was about my Grandpa Harold and Alzheimer's.

My Grandpa Harold was a giving, thoughtful, considerate, Godly, a family man, servant and all around great person. I absolutely hated seeing how Alzheimer's changed his life, eventually taking him away a little over 3 years ago. 

I don't wish this disease on anyone and hope that together we can have a small part in finding a cure to end this wicked and evil disease.

Saturday August 23, I start with a Super Sprint or as I would like to call it a warm up. Sunday August 24th, is a little more serious. My heat wil start approximately at 6:08a.m. after the pros in the Olympic distance and then approximately at 10:00a.m. my heat will start the Sprint distance. In all, the Triple Challenge participants will race 57.3 miles. My goal this year is to raise $5,730.00.

Please join me in my three triathlons by participating with a gift ... helping me to accomplish my $5,730 goal to put an end to this disease.  

Thank you in advance for your generosity – together, we can outrace Alzheimer’s disease,

Rusty Metsker


***Make it a double whammy and see if your employer will match your gift.

Currently, more than 5 million Americans have Alzheimer's and that number is expected to grow to as many as 16 million by 2050. Our future is at risk unless we can find a way to change the course of this disease.

I need your support to do my part! Please make a donation to help the Alzheimer's Association advance research to discover methods of prevention, treatment and ultimately, a cure for Alzheimer’s. For the millions already affected by the disease, the Association offers care, education, support and resources in communities nationwide.


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