Triathlon for a cause

Our family has always been active. Dave (dad) likes to run; Heather (mom) is a Jazzercise instructor; and both boys, Zach (10), and Shawn (7) have been on the swim team since they were 6, biking since they were 4, and have been running since they were born! It only makes sense that the boys should do triathlons. This year will be Zach’s 4th Amyazing triathlon and Shawn’s first. Shawn completed his first triathlon in Herndon, Virginia in late 2017.

When we found out that the Amyazing triathlon was allowing participants to fundraise this year, the whole family was excited. Dave, a professional fundraiser for the Conquer Cancer Foundation, lost his father, the boys’ grandfather, to a brain tumor in 2012. As a family, we want to take every opportunity to raise money that will help families dealing with this terrible disease and allow scientists to find a cure.

Grandpa Glenn Wiemer was Superman. It wasn’t just a nickname – he fully embodied the characteristics of a superhero. Glenn was diagnosed with juvenile diabetes when he was 9 years old, in 1961. Despite this, he was active in sports, including baseball, hockey, and golf, and worked hard in school. Glenn graduated from Northwestern University with a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in education and started teaching at Washburne Middle School in 1974. In 1990, Glenn lost his vision completely due to complications from diabetes. Even though he was blind, Glenn continued to teach until 2009 with the assistance of a classroom aide. Throughout his career as a teacher he was a leader for students and colleagues alike and is always remembered for his sense of humor, intelligence, and love of music.

Zach and Shawn are honored to be completing the Amyazing triathlon in honor of both Amy Boyle, for whom the triathlon was created, and their superhero grandpa, Glenn Wiemer.

CORE Foundation and Be AMYazing! Reston Youth Triathlon would like to thank the Wiemer family for sharing their story. If you would like to help Zach and Shawn meet their fundraising goals, please tap here. To read more about Grandpa Glenn Wiemer (aka Superman), please view this article from the Chicago Tribune.

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My name is Aaron Letteri.  I am 14 years old and born and raised in Reston. I have learning disability, dyslexia. I currently attend Lab school of Washington to accommodate my learning difference.  I struggle in school because of my learning differences, so participating in triathlons helped me gain a lot of self-confidence.  I have also become closer to my community as result.
My triathlon journey began because my neighbors Olivia Wolfe, Kacey Hirshfeld, and Hannah Becker encouraged me to participate when I was 7 years old.  In 2018, I will compete in my eighth Reston Youth Triathlon, seventh Reston Kids Triathlon, and I will be doing my first Reston Sprint Triathlon.
I decided to Race with Purpose and fundraise because both of my parents have experienced loss due to cancer including my grandpa, uncles and my aunt. Triathlons bring the community together for a good cause, and I want to make a difference.
My advice to other kids that want to give triathlon a try is that if I can do it anyone can.   I encourage all children to participate and try to have fun; don’t be afraid or intimidated.  When you finish, you feel good about yourself. In addition, it is tons of fun.
If you are interested, I would recommend reaching out to triathlon coordinators who can easily advise you on where to start. There are a lot of volunteer positions within the triathlon that need to be filled in order for the event to be successful, and you will also receive service hours. Remember you are not alone and there are a lot of volunteers who can guide you during the race.
If you would like to donate to my campaign you can do that here:
Thank you very much for reading my story and for your support.
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Youth athletes ages 6 – 8 to Be AMYazing! at 2018 Reston Youth Triathlon on Mother’s Day

Encourage your youth athlete to Be AMYazing!

Amy’s Amigos has RYT participant slots available for the 6 to 8 year age group.

Racing in the Be AMYazing! Reston Youth Triathlon helps Amy’s Amigos raise funds for The Childhood Brain Tumor Foundation.

Register HERE

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Be AMYazing! Amy’s Amigos Reston Youth Triathlon

Amy’s Amigos was founded in 2008 by a group of 12-year olds who offered friendship and support for classmate, Amy Boyle, who was battling brain cancer. After her death, Amy’s spirit, athleticism, and love of life motivated her friends to found Amy’s Amigos which launched the first local triathlon just for children in May 2011 in her honor.
Through the years that same group of friends, who are now about to graduate from college, expanded Amy’s Amigos to younger teens who continue with the spirit of Amy to this day. High school students still lead Amy’s Amigos with the assistance from many adult volunteers and supported by CORE Foundation. To date, Be AMYazing! Reston Youth Triathlon has raised over $100,000 for The Childhood Brain Tumor Foundation to aid in research of pediatric brain tumors. This personal fundraising program was created to help raise even more funds and to grow Amy’s legacy demonstrating that a group of kids with a little help from their parents can make a difference.  Amy’s Amigos Be AMYazing! Reston Youth Triathlon is held each year on Mother’s Day. The 2018 race will be on May 13th. A limited number of spots are still available. Parents can register their youth athletes here.
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